West Coast Berkeley grad, battle rapper and musician Locksmith has hammered out a reputation as one of Hip Hop’s most enlightened no punch pulling emcees. From his early appearances on MTV’s Freestyle Championship to his frequent Shade 45 appearances, Locksmith always brings cutting lyricism that not only questions the status quo but offers deep truths for reflection.

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Meanwhile Detroit’s Apollo Brown has built his illustrious career on emotive production that draws the best out of already legendary mic kings. From his work with Ras Kass and OC, Skyzoo, Ghostface Killah, and the recently released Across The Globe Vol. 1 Beats By Apollo Brown which saw him team up with vocalists and MC’s from Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Apollo repeatedly creates eyes shut, head nodding, soul stirring perfection for our greatest storytellers to lay their truth bare.

So when Richmond & Detroit came together in the studio the answer was “No Question” – a new project that finds Locksmith ruminating on everything from advice to his younger self to his continued drive to rise without following in anyones footsteps.