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Everything In Between

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Red Pill, Apollo Brown, & Verbal Kent are Ugly Heroes

Few things are more ugly or heroic than telling the truth. Life is often bleak, brutal, and over all too swiftly. Leaders are corrupt. Job prospects are limited. Cigarettes and shots of gin rarely lead to a peaceful finish. But between the lunacy and squalor, there exists those who make it all worthwhile: family, friends, and ruthlessly honest artists who remind you that you aren’t alone, shedding light on those dark nights of the soul.

As Michigan’s anti-Surgeon General, Red Pill quips: “We may not be the heroes this world needs, we're definitely not the heroes this world wants, but at least we're here.” His partners in Ugly Heroes are Chicago MC Verbal Kent, and Detroit producer Apollo Brown. Their sophomore Mello Music Group release, Everything In Between, offers diamonds of wisdom amidst the existential dumpster fire.

It’s been said that if you go down deep enough, past the personal, you eventually reach the universal. Ugly Heroes embody that axiom, unraveling their own stories, self-doubts, and bouts with depression to arrive at something as profound as it is vulnerable. Apollo Brown warps soul music and bayonet-hard drums, creating a singular form of soul-coughing dirty-sky symphonies. Levitating boom-bap for the 21st Century.

“Have you ever figured what you’d be like in a few years…why don’t you look ahead” A cinematic voice opens up “Today, Right Now,” with these words, doubling as a manifesto for things to come. Just as quickly, a voice retorts, “ah, don’t preach at me…as if you can tell what you’ll be like in a few years.”

The back-and-forth distills the questions at the core of the record: What will my future look like? How can I repair myself? What gives my life meaning? What do we do in a world where the right answers are frequently hidden and the wrong answers are all too obvious?

Red Pill, Verbal Kent, and Apollo Brown refuse to offer simple solutions, but instead created a life-affirming record with a dark undercurrent. Red Pill calls us “rational cattle” one moment, while Verbal half-jokingly insists on the importance of “grabbing the bull by its arms” in the next. They’re artists and brothers and fathers grappling with the impossible: how to extend the good moments indefinitely, how to eradicate the bad ones to protect themselves and the ones they love.

They might harbor the suspicion that the past, present, and future might all be the same, but they understand that acts of heroism are often found in minor gestures. In a frivolous world, Ugly Heroes prove that talent will always reign supreme and honesty can never become obsolete.

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released June 24, 2016

produced by Apollo Brown
vocals by Red Pill & Verbal Kent

mixed by Magnetic
recorded by Tate McBroom
mastered by Eric Morgeson

photography by Jeremy Deputat
graphic design by Sarah Dalton

executive produced by Michael Tolle
Mello Music Group, 2016

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Track Name: Today Right Now
Red Pill
I don't know what I'm here for, I don't know what the point is
Spent so many nights alone sipping this poison
All of us trying to find it, some of us call it purpose
Don't know if it's divine or can we even define it?
Am I playing a role in somebody else's theater?
Look around at this world and nothings been getting clearer
Only been getting weirder, I just sit in Detroit
Little blip on the radar, maybe there's not a point
Maybe it's all coincidence
Trying to make a little sense, out of something that doesn't
Maybe there's no significance
We're just rational cattle, end of discussion
And as lonely as that can sound
When you look up at the stars on that black background
And you wonder where you came from and why you stay
Maybe there's not a reason and that's okay

Verbal Kent
no matter
what road I travel on
add a little Somethin to the catalogue
I'm livin in stereo n analoge
where we go is
unknown, tryna to get a handle on the cut throat, nature anticipate it with utmost
energy: remember me as give before he took, guy who did the right thing took your hand and then he shook, played it
straight but coulda gone sideways like any rook never
judged the contents by the cover of any book, pay it
forward any possible place and time knowin' every
turn that for most shit don't go just the way it's designed-
I cheated death some say it's a sign- I think the
strength that others gave me is the way I survived, maybe it's
open to interpretation, the moral of a story
touching us at different points of life at different phases all the
places I've been..ive always looked for different help, at taken
in the scenery...a different version of myself




Hook:

No ones ever promised
tomorrow, I'm a be who I am ?and you are who you
Are.....let's let the past be that, that shit is
over why over react, yeah....
no ones ever promised
Tomorrow, let's do today right now..
Maybe the secret to
Life? Is that you're not the main character, and the fact? that
You're even a factor is a miracle..
Track Name: Daisies
Verbal Kent
My life was
Never complicated as I made it out to be in fact the
answers were always right in front of my face it seems that every
Little thing that bothered me was truly little- I made em'
big deals..handled like a true beginner..that's not to
say I didn't problem solve, I'm just sayin' I wasted
time I wish I had back to spend with those I loved is all..
I mean to focus on only the bads counter productive
-I was a writer, business man father and husband
a true Chicagoan..I feel proud saying this, I
saw Michael Jordan play at Chicago stadium
greatest rapper Rogers Park ever saw, got into my
share of trouble but I always knew to call Saul made my
friends laugh: gave em' my all: you know Dan, as far as
Enemies? Shit I can count em' on one hand it's been a
good run: no regrets..Everything is everything
anticipation builds feel like everything was meant to be


Hook

1- When it's too late..and all the what ifs are
no more than
butterfly effects..

2- did i choose fate? Let me look back, cause
if not? than what did I expect?

3 ....What did I expect?
what did I fight for, and what did I accept...

4 -did I choose fate? Let me look back, cause
If not? than what did I expect?

Red Pill:
Here lies Chris, died 2-0-1-6
Born 1-9-8-7, many roles he lived
He was a son, he was a lover, was an artist, was a brother
Not always the happiest, an honest motherfucker though
Some people loved him for that
Hip hop had given him hope, it made him want to give back
put everything that he knew in every one of his raps
and he would give you the truth and he would run from his past
Maybe he was too hard on himself
He let his drinking and depression hurt his art and health
he let relationships get rocky while his problems took control
and his girl put up with things that others probably shouldn't know
He lived with guilt, he lived with doubt
He lived with demons in his heart we'll probably never figure out
but at the end of the day
He had too big of a heart, he'll be remembered that way
Track Name: This World
Red Pill:
I leave rappers more afraid than two racists
surrounded by 22 Ving Rhames' each with .22's and two big razors
Trapped inside of two big cages
with a moat around the outside with sharks that shoot lasers
I feel a war coming, so pass the war drum
and bang on that bitch till you feel your fucking core buzzing
whether it's your cousin, your brother or your husband
If they're not screaming "Fuck the police", then you're suffering
For every fake cop who midnights on his KKK watch
Trust that I pray that they drop
I'm more of a lover than a fighter
But if it's fire that they want then I'm happy to spare a lighter
Confederate Flag wavers in Carolina
I'd be happy to take you to your intelligent designer
I don't care if it's Darren Wilson or Paris Hilton
I'm tearing through all of 'em, not even sparing children

Verbal Kent:
This fucking interview is
Over...pshh, You got somethin' to ask me?
I'll be watchin' Wrestle Mania with Brendan Daseey at the
Avery salvage yard: you wanna rumble? Get your parents..
- and tell em they better be ware of somethin worse than Jared
I'll rip the hair off Donald Trumps scalp, for runnin his fat mouth truthfully?
I'd rather elect Alf.
I go deeper than scuba divers, to bring truth to you
guys its....more than just Isis....and uber drivers
devices to give us divorces and force us to believe in
forces: cry in' over Han Solo corpses. The
rebirth: your means of egress is slim, slimmer than your
neck: choke you out with an ' I can't breath tshirt for
Freddie Gray: Say all lives matter
say it
just once and all bodies and all minds splatter, I'll push over a
push over, your hopeless..nothin' el help, stand
up for yourself? N stand
Up for your self...
Track Name: Heart Attack
Verbal Kent:
It's never too
Late to die for somethin' you love never to late to
make somethin' out of today, It never was it never
will be: I used to walk the neighborhood I didn't really
fear much
walked around the neighborhood with headphones as
earmuffs: Frozen tears cloggen' up my tear ducts: I'm
older a nickel bag was cheaper than a beer was
only cause I knew the dealer...it was me
It was easy everybody smoked: it was weed
we can see the pattern here, life was easy going then,
I would be fronted and then be owin' them, who could stop me:
Steph Curry with Del watchin my confidence
level swelled i never even threw a punch but I could
excel boxing I tell people I couldn't lose, Parker
Lewis with Ferris Buler reviews: I think I kept a
little of that swag: a little of that beta that
Young dreamer is Annakin.. I never ended up a Darth Vader let's
Go

Don't you ever lose your heart, man don'tchu ever lose your heart
This world el try and rip you apart, don'tchu
ever let Em' take your heart
When everything is falling apart, take a second and go back to the start,
Don't you ever lose your heart, don't you ever lose your heart


Red Pill:
I know most people wouldn't call me optimistic
At best I'm realistic and at worst I'd say a cynic
and I get it, but honestly I think it's too simplistic
My entire life is based upon a pipe dream and I risked it
Cuz as a kid they fill your head with so much pressure
But I never bought their method of the way success is measured
They promise people treasure in the form of legal tender
If you leave behind the hopes and dreams that give you real pleasure
But I remember back in Kindergarten, writing what I wanted to be
I wrote 3, one was a wrestler
two was a singer and the other was swamp thing
Now we choose careers because we want things
As we get older, society on shoulders
Holding our dreams hostage and turning us ever colder
I do it for the dreamers, it's not a newsflash
fuck the non-believers, you got a heart don't ever lose that
Chorus
Don't you ever lose your heart man, Don't you ever lose your heart
This world'll try to tear you apart, Don't you ever let them take your heart
When everything is falling apart, take a second and go back to the start
Don't you ever lose your heart, don't you ever lose heart
Track Name: Fair Weather
Verbal Kent:
What if
1 Walter white had saved Jane?
You haters make me feel the
same thing, let you live? you'd be runnin the same game so
2 I'm a let you choke on your vomit
watch the homicide cops rubbin their chins tryna come up with who done it..far from
3 super man, Verbal is Clark Kent pull off the table
cloth watch as it becomes my cape
On your mark set
4 go: if I had a nickel for every time that I had a
pickle to push up out of
I'd be filthier richer, what if
5 everyone who got doubted got down and out n stayed down and out
for the count, bunch of bodies rollin down the mountain classic is
6 classic a asskickins a ass kickin
you askin for
one if you agitate me I'm unflappable incapaci-
7 tating you ascertaining Intel that pertains to you turn a
fair weather fan to a permanent patron who
8 pays to get in pays to get in good before the goods gone
Cause when I write? My favorite habits proving everyone wrong


Red Pill:
I'm trying to move units like Chevy moves Cruzes
Expose the heartless like Betty Lou Who's Kid
My rap fingers got hair triggers I'm steady with my tool kit
So it's best if you avoid any unnecessary movements
I know there's people betting that he loses
But for every fuckboy 20 fuck heavy with the music
I hear more gossip than hairdressers
And people only go to ball games in fair weather
Before I ever fucked with Mello
I could barely get a fucking what's up or a hello
Now every other day I got people sending their demos
Telling me I touch more chords than Tom Morello
I'm happy that people coming around
Just don't be the type to get up and leave when I'm down and out
Capricorns are loyal to a fault
So I expect the same back whenever loyalties involved
Bridge
Step by step get my feet off the ground
Till there ain't nothing left and I reach for the crown
It wasn't often I would see you around
You better be there when it all falls down

Hook (VK):
You fair weather fans cross fingers behind backs
jumping on board, where were y'all at
No thanks (no thanks)
I'm good (I'm good)
Do yours (like I said)
I'm good (I'm good)