Rapper Big Pooh – “Stop (feat. Steve Roxx / prod. Apollo Brown)”

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You can hear eternal truths on Words Paint Pictures – Rapper Big Pooh’s debut release for Mello Music Group. Over seven songs and two remixes, the North Carolina MC captures the complex agonies of the human condition — specifically the black experience in America over the last several centuries. These are tales of racial profiling and corrupt politicians, reality TV distractions, thieving preachers and rapacious exploitation — all offset by tremendous strength. They are uniquely American stories, chronicling both the damned and hopeful.

While Pooh sketches in vivid detail, Apollo Brown supplies the canvas. The Detroit-via-Grand Rapids alchemist chops classic soul samples and scratches hooks into bangers — head nodding and hard, but still beautiful. The holy trinity of DJ Premier, Pete Rock and J Dilla supply divine inspiration.

But at heart, you return to the words, the pictures, and the complications inherent in the soul. You might have previously…

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