Apollo Brown began his career in music as a bedroom producer in his teenage years growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While he spent years crafting beats, fine-tuning his eclectic ear, and honing his technical skills before hitting the legal drinking age, it wasn’t until he relocated to Detroit—after graduating from Michigan State University—that his real story began. Following the release of two beat tapes, Skilled Trade (2007) and Make Do (2009), Brown went on to take home the grand prize at the Detroit Red Bull Big Tune Championships, leading him to sign with Mello Music Group in 2009. Interestingly enough, he was laid off from his job as a property inspector a week after inking his deal, further proving that the beatsmith was destined to earn his living through his passion—something that he reflected upon in his reactionary track “Beautiful.” With his musical inspiration balancing smooth various rock groups (Seals and Crofts, The Carpenters, Journey) with beloved hip-hop Golden Era heavyweights (Mobb Deep, Wu-Tang, Gang Starr, Black Moon), Brown’s signature creativity behind the boards not only knows no bounds, but also allows him to work with a growing list of artists. With a diverse collection of work and collaborations with the likes of Skyzoo, Hassaan Mackey, Big Pooh, Oddisee, Sean Price, Boog Brown, Guilty Simpson and more, Apollo Brown has come a long way since making beats using the now-obsolete Voyetra audio software.

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