Apollo The Great -- Banner Day"
Up-and-coming rapper Apollo the Great, who is from my neck of woods of Camden, N.J., drops this head-nodding banger called "Banner Day." The Shugawater-produced track find the rapper vividly describing the crime-riddled streets of Camden, N.J."I'm from where niggas get murked outside of the club I'm performing in / Every other day the task is swarming in / Chink food orderin' / Another homie dead and gone again," he raps.
And yes, Camden is laying off its entire police department, so the county government can replace it with a bigger and cheaper police force. It goes into effect April 30, 2013.
Props to Apollo for flipping Drake's infectious "Started From the Bottom" hook, broken english and all. It goes:
"Y'all ain't from the bottom but we is / Y'all ain't from the bottom but my whole team really is / Rapping about some shit you never did / We rap about the shit we really live, what it is nigga."
We also have to give an R.I.P. salute to the late singer Melvin Bliss for which "Banner Year" utilizes the beat from his classic song, "Synthetic Substitution."