Dieses Interview mit dem Labelgründer Michael Tolle bei Bandcamp (wo die MMG-Veröffentlichungen natürlich auch feilgeboten werden) gibt einen guten Einblick in die Motivation und den Ethos des Labels:
I’ve always defined it internally as music from the heart of American culture. We’ve never gravitated toward thugs or gangsters. Most of our producers and MCs are average people who are talented and a part of this culture. That was appealing to me. I don’t like the lottery of it, people going for broke. I always wanted musicians, people who made beats or started rapping but were trying to become something more — like Oddisee, who’s now a fully fledged musician. To me we are very middle-American. Red Pill, our new guy from Detroit, exemplifies that, and someone like Apollo Brown, who’s very blue-collar.
Und hier meine spontanen Mello Music Group-Top 3:
7eventhirty – The Problem
L’Orange & Stik Figa – Dusty Speakers
The 1978ers – One-Nine-7-T-8