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Macsen Apollo is currently looking for a label to release his upcoming solo album on.

Macsen Apollo releases “Like This” single & video on May 3rd 2011

Macsen Apollo is proud to release his second solo single and video “Like This”, off the upcoming album “Matters of the Heart”.

Macsen Apollo, out of Oakland, California has made a name for himself through his long-time rap career. As part of the V.E.R.A. Clique the MC has released two group albums to date and finally started working on his first solo effort in 2010. He has worked with well-known artists such as D’ Wayne Wiggins of Tony Toni Tone, Joe Scudda of Justus League, Dahrio Wonder, APlus & Aagee (Compound 7) of the Heiroglyphics and Souls of Mischief and many more, and has earned respect for his outstanding drive and unique style.

After the success of the first single “Heartbreaks”, Macsen Apollo hits a lighter tone with the song “Like This”, serenading a young lady who stole his heart, and did not break it. This is a song for the lovers, the believers and especially the ladies who make men write songs like this.

The video to “Like This” was shot downtown San Francisco and on Ocean Beach and offers beautiful visuals as well as well as surprising elements, soon to be revealed. To get a taste of the video, go to www.MacsenApollo.com to check out the official trailer.

“Like This” will be released digitally today, May 3rd 2011, along with a video and can be purchased exclusively via www.MacsenApollo.com.The album “Matters of the Heart” is set to come out before the summer of 2011 and will be available on iTunes and many other online stores.

A trailer to the Video can be watched at www.MacsenApollo.com.
Macsen Apollo is available for interviews, booking or any other inquiries. Please contact him at veraclique@gmail.com.

Please visit Macsens website at  www.veraclique.com or www.macsenapollo.com  for  much more information, including mp3′s, bio and contact info.

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Macsen Apollo releases “Heartbreaks” on January 11th 2011

Macsen Apollo is proud to announce his first solo single “Heartbreaks”, off the upcoming album “Matters of the Heart”.
Macsen Apollo, out of Oakland, California has made a name for himself through his long-time rap career. As part of the V.E.R.A. Clique the MC has released two group albums to date and finally started working on his first solo effort in 2010. He has worked with well-known artists such as D’ Wayne Wiggins of Tony Toni Tone, Joe Scudda of Justus League, Dahrio Wonder, APlus & Aagee (Compound 7) of the Heiroglyphics and Souls of Mischief and many more, and has earned respect for his outstanding drive and unique style.

The title “Heartbreaks” (release date: January 11th 2011), which will be the first single off the album “Matters of the Heart”, speaks for itself. It is based on a true story about being in love only to find out that it is based on lies and deceit. The Song captivates through its honesty and realness, as well as a distinct beat, produced by Kev Choice. This is not a song just for the ladies, it speaks to every person that has been through the Heartbreak.

The Song is going to be released along with a video on January 11th 2011, and will be available on www.MacsenApollo.com.The album “Matters of the Heart” is set to come out March 2011 and will be available on iTunes and many other online stores.

The promotional trailer for “Heartbreaks” can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sKe7I6_Dz8

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V.E.R.A. Clique Interview with Amoeba:

V.E.R.A. Clique’s Fresh Out The Box CD is available at Amoeba Music and other stores but you can also buy it on BART if you’re lucky to run into one of its members selling the CD on a random BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) train.

The Oakland based group, whose album track “The Movement” is featured on the recent BOMB Hip-Hop Compilation Vol. 2 (also avail at Amoeba), are a talented hard-working hip-hop crew whose pre- Oakland roots date back to 2002 to Bend, Oregon where the group’s Anderson Ray and Mascen Apollo first crossed paths at a hip-hop event. Fast forward a few years and both hip-hoppers had moved south to the Bay Area where they formed the group V.E.R.A. Clique, with the name standing for Very Essence of Real Artists.

I first learned about V.E.R.A. Clique only recently and in a most unusual way — while sitting on the Bay Point / Pittsburg to San Francisco BART, somewhere near the MacArthur stop, Mascen Apollo of the bartgroup walked by dirt hustlin his crew’s CD to BART passengers, all the while keeping a watchful eye out for the BART police, who not only frown upon any business being conducted on BART, but will arrest perpetrators for doing so. Over the years I have seen Bay Area hip hop artists sell their CDs or cassettes at various public places. In bygone years, members of Hobo Junction or Mystik Journeymen and their extended Living Legends crew would often be found on Durant or Telegraph (outside Amoba) selling their cassettes. But selling on the BART train was a novel approach to hip-hop marketing or distribution that I had not witnessed before. Hence I was anxious to find out more about it so I recently caught up with the V.E.R.A. Clique member Mascen Apollo to ask him about slinging hip-hop on BART.

AMOEBLOG: What’s the best BART line to sell CDs on?

MASCEN APOLLO: Yo! I call the Pittsburg/Bay Point train the money train. That’s the train I always make the most money on.

AMOEBLOG: How did you first get the idea to sell your CDs on BART?

MASCEN APOLLO: Well I used to go to San Francisco’s Pier 39 every day and sell CD’s so one day I just decided to give it a shot on my way into San Francisco (from the East Bay) and it worked, so what I would do is on the rainy days or during the week I would hit the BART. I would jump on at the 14th Street Oakland station, ride the train all around the Bay for the whole day selling CD’s and then I would get off at 19th Street Oakland station (one stop from 14th Street) when i was done. It only cost me $1.25!

Read the rest of the interview here

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Pandora ( Internet Radio ) Work Shop

Originating in Bend, Oregon but now firmly rooted in Oakland, V.E.R.A. Clique has been refining their hip-hop sound for many years. In this episode, the group’s beat maestro (Dan Craig) and MCs (Anderson Ray and Macsen Apollo) walk us through the process they used to build a hip-hop hook on their song “Still Winn’n.” Also joining us is hip-hop producer Johnny Igaz to talk about the approach and role that hooks play in production. Craig and Igaz both work here at Pandora as well.

View the whole entry here

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Interview with Root70 Lounge, Japan

Q. 自己紹介をお願いします。

A. Macsen Apollo, Anderson Ray, Dan Craig
We are the V.E.R.A. Clique!

Q. “V.E.R.A CLIQUE” という名前の意味を教えて下さい?

A. Very Essence of Real Artist

Q. ホームタウンはどこですか? またバックグランドや育った環境について教えて下さい。

Macsen(M)
オレゴンのベンド。
みんな知らない人がいないくらい小さな町なんだ。
子供の時はどうしようもなかったな。
ドラッグもやっていたし、警察にも目を付けられていたよ。
家族に関しては、俺にとって母親は父親のような存在だったんだ。
父は蒸発してしまったよ。
それからかな曲を書くようになったのは。

Read the rest of the Interview (if you speak japanese, that is) here

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