Apollo Brown and OC caught lightning with Trophies. The album gave the world an OC who had not lost a step and a modern producer who was earning a place in the continuum of classic hip-hop. In celebration of this success, Mello Music Group leaks “The Biggest Loser,” a bonus cut not on the album.
An elder statesman, OC flexes his pedigree on “The Biggest Loser.” OC glides over somber keys that are chopped well by Apollo Brown. The subject matter runs from line to line, but the feeling of sober determination is most salient. OC bobs and weaves with Apollo’s fiery vocal sample on the hook, reinforcing the motivational essence of the verses. The veteran has had a historic career and here he sounds confident without crossing into braggadocio, reflective without waning nostalgic, and powerful without being intimidating.
There are no promises in hip-hop, trends come and go and careers can vanish in the blink of an eye, but hard-earned classic artists, like OC and Apollo, will always have a place at the table.
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