Joell Ortiz & Apollo Brown Announce ‘Mona Lisa’ Album, Drop “Decisions”

blame it on Shake August 22, 2018

Man, Apollo Brown is on a mission.

Fresh off the release of his No Question EP with Locksmith, the Detroit producer wastes no time to announce another collaborative project—with Joell Ortiz on the rhymes!

From Detroit to Brooklyn, the two will be release their Mona Lisa album on October 26th via Mello Music Group.

“In my ears, this is what the painting Mona Lisa sounds like,” Apollo Brown told Billboard. “The music is straightforward. That’s all I ask for when I’m the listener, so that’s all I give when I’m the creator. No bullshit. None. I provided the canvas, and Joell provided the honest brushstrokes. This album is a relatable body of work that everyone can listen to and appreciate. It’s growth within a gold frame. Open your ears and enjoy.”

To celebrate the announcement, the duo have released the project’s first single, “Decisions.” Detailing an “actual period” in his life, Ortiz had the following to say about the record…

“It was during this time that I was consumed by the streets, but fascinated with the idea of being a rapper,” he said. “I was dealing with certainty and uncertainty. I had one foot in the booth and one foot on the corner. The corner fed my family, but the booth fed my soul. As you all know, I ended up leaving the hustle alone and pursuing a music career.”

“It all worked out,” he continued. “Thank God! But this song best describes exactly how I felt during that time and shows you just how much of a battle it actually was to come to what I know now as the right decision.”

Press play on “Decisions” and check out the artwork and tracklist for Mona Lisa below.

  1. “Brushstrokes”
  2. “Reflection”
  3. “My Block”
  4. “Cocaine Fingertips”
  5. “Grace of God” f. DJ Los
  6. “That Place”
  7. “Word…”
  8. “Decisions”
  9. “Timberlan’d Up” f. Royce 5’9″
  10. “Come Back Home”
  11. “Mona Lisa”