Ugly Heroes smashed onto the scene last year with their self-titled debut album. Ugly Heroes is made up of emcees Verbal Kent and Red Pill along with producer Apollo Brown. Their first album stayed true to the Ugly Heroes name in that their rhymes are meant to show us all that we’re heroes though our paths may be ugly. The group’s lyrics were honest, but not boring, they could speak about their personal lives in one song and completely rip a track in the next one. I honestly didn’t expect to hear from the trio so soon but here we are with a self-titled EP filled with some new tracks and a lot of bonus content (which won’t be covered in this review to determine a rating).
I won’t spoil everything for you but I will say that Ugly Heroes truly does pick up right where they left off on their debut LP. The formula is the same, Apollo Brown comes through with a sample filled beat with hard-hitting drums and Kent and Pill wax poetic. “Legit Worthless” has been one of my favorite songs of the year so far and is the joint that kicks off the album. If I remember correctly this beat was on a trailer for the group when they were first introduced to the world. Pill and Kent speak on their journeys to where they are now and how quitting isn’t an option for either of them. The trio truly have come into the light as of late with them touring internationally with the Barrel Brothers, Kent put out a stellar record with Khrysis earlier this year, Apollo Brown is making classic records with everyone under the sun and more. Ugly Heroes aren’t going anywhere and this track is proof.
“Naysayers and Playmakers” is next and I love the sample that plays through the track and in the hook. Kent and Pill again remind the listener that you have to make your own lane and stick to that with all the doubters and naysayers that will doubt you and wish for your demise. This continues on the next track “Good Things Die”. Now I have to admit I have a bit of beef with this track just because it was on the original LP, however it comes equipped on this project with new verses from both Pill and Kent along with a guest verse from Living Legend Murs. So while the beat is the same, we’re essentially getting a new song that still bangs in the speakers and still brings the raw lyricism that we expect from the duo lyrically.
There are two tracks left on the EP that I won’t ruin but for $8 you get 5 new tracks along with 4 bonus tracks which includes tracks the group has done for other albums and a remix by Apollo Brown. The group doesn’t really step out of their lane in this (unless you count the Oddisee produced bonus track) but there’s nothing wrong with this. Apollo Brown’s production stays true the brand he’s created, the vinyl crackle, the samples, drums they’re all there. Ugly Heroes has blessed us with a short EP to tide us over until their next project. It really is a direct sequel to their LP and fits nicely with their quickly growing discography. Peep the EP and let me know what you think in the comments below and keep it locked at Dead End Hip Hop for all your hip-hop needs.