BY: GABY MORENO
Album: The Blue Collar EP
Release Date: November 7, 2019
Buy/Stream album: All streaming platforms
Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,
Today I will be reviewing Apollo’s EP titled, “The Blue Collar EP”. The EP consists of 6 tracks with a running time of 22 minutes. Apollo is a member of the Spooky Gang Collective that I am honored to be a part of. I have attended a few events where Apollo rocked the mic. His command of the stage and his gift to rhyme are one of a kind! He is a true wordsmith and I don’t just say that loosely. I can see has a true love for the Art of Rap and takes his time when putting words together. He is a student of the craft and I admire that! Apollo is a natural born spitta! His intellect and rhyme schemes roll off his tongue seamlessly!
This EP is a motivational project for the working class and specifically manual labor workers! He paints a picture and shows us a glimpse of his reality and his day to day. Apollo takes us into his world and on a lyrical journey. His daughter also makes a guest appearance which adds a genuine and transparent side to Apollo. He raps that he just wants to follow his dream. He also raps how he does this for the love of the music not for the money, but also wants be able to provide for his daughter at the same time. The first track, “Training Day” has a soulful instrumental where Apollo pours his soul and spits this for the people working 9 to 5’s who still have the courage to dream and find time! Very deep track! The third track, “Blue Collar Rap (Dead and Gone)” is probably one of my favorite tracks from this EP, The beat is crazy! ID the Poet produced it and did his thing. I love the sample! The fourth track, “Be Cool” ft. Badluck Cortez on the hook is dope! I first heard the track live at the Diamond Jim’s a few months back. The beat was produced by the homie Ray Flaqui it has a grimey sound mixed with boom bap!
Overall this is an amazing EP! Put it in rotation to motivate yourself or get inspired. Whether you are at the gym, going for a run or getting ready for work. This is a very universal EP that anyone can relate to. Also if you are a fan of pure lyricism and dope rhyme schemes check this out you won’t regret it! Apollo you’re crazy for this one! All the producers and features also did they thing! Go stream it or buy it! Support local talent! Apollo is from Maryland, but a San Diego transplant and we are proud to have him here! Keep doing your thing hermano!
Thank you for reading my album review! Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz on Instagram and Facebook! Also follow me on Spotify, Itunes, Anchor.fm/7octoberz, Google Play Music to listen to my audio content under: “Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue” .