Crimeapple – “Breakfast in Hradec” review

This is the 9th full-length album from New Jersey emcee Crimeapple. Catching my interest in the fall of 2017 with his 4th EP Sweet Dreams along with his Big Ghost Ltd. produced full-length debut Aguardiente that following spring, he profile began to grow after dropping the DJ Skizz-produced Wet Dirt & the DJ Muggs-produced Medallo the next year. His output for the next couple years would be hit or miss until Cartagena picked up right where Medallo left off & Jaguar on Palisade 2 was alright too, but I was hyped for Breakfast in Hradec given that Wet Dirt is a top 5 Crime project for me.

“In Flight” is a luxurious opener talking about making rent off someone’s uncle whereas “Penthouse Suite” works in some creepy organ melodies declaring himself as the villain. “Scissorhands” throws in a crooning vocal sample to tackle concept of “it ain’t where I’m at, it’s where I’m going” leading into the soulful “40 Days, 40 Nights” talking about coming a long way.

Meanwhile on “The Count of Monte Cristo”, we have Crime delivering a classy song to his baby just before “Rezamos” instrumentally throws it back to the 80’s talking about praying for those who’d give a kidney to be in his shoes. The song “Wonder Years” incorporates a bass-guitar reflecting on how dirty he used to be while the penultimate track “La Lluvia” is a beautifully smooth ballad about how lovely life’s been lately. “Currency Exchange” ends the album on a boom bap note detailing him landing in JFK with more racks.

Coming away from Breakfast in Hradec, I happen to like it just as much if not more than Wet Dirt. Skizz’ production is a bit more varied compared to the predecessor being more rooted into boom bap & that matched with Crime’s wordplay is what makes it not only a big improvement over Jaguar on Palisade 2, but also one of the best albums of his career.

Score: 4.5/5

Crimeapple – “Cartagena” review

Crimeapple is a 35 year old MC from Hackensack, New Jersey who came onto my radar in the fall of 2017 with his 4th EP Sweet Dreams along with his Big Ghost Ltd. produced full-length debut Aguardiente that following spring. His profile began to grow after dropping the DJ Skizz-produced Wet Dirt & the DJ Muggs-produced Medallo the next year, but his output since then has been either hit or miss with me personally. However, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited to hear that he was re-enlisting Muggs for his 7th album right here.

“Grey Skies” is a glorious opener about him waking up feeling unstoppable whereas “Bathtubs Full of Veuve” takes things into boom bap turf spitting that fly shit. “Tony 2C” goes into a drearier direction reminding us he got that dope on demand leading into Stove God Cook$ tagging along for the battle rap piano ballad “Mermaids”.

“Meanwhile on “Papas”, we have Crimeapple jumping on top of a Daringer-inspired boom bap instrumental talking about getting a bag just before “Cheap Work” has a bit of a dark industrial sound letting us know he’s in that getting money stage. “Designer Label” has an unsettling atmosphere in the production detailing how it is from the cradle to the grave back to the cradle, but then “Reputation” has a more celebratory vibe saying he don’t care about the bullshit.

“Some More Paper” has some chilling organ harmonies confessing that’s all he really needs at this point whereas “Kleenex” brings in a guitar saying he’s been to shit since seeing TGIF on Fridays. The song “Swish” continues the rock vibes proclaiming the throne to the rap game while the penultimate track “Peligrosisimo” grimily flexes his Spanish. “Fly Shit” with RLX then ends the album by going at those who envy them.

From the moment Muggs initially announced Cartagena, I knew he was gonna give Crime what his last couple projects have been lacking & am more than satisfied with the end results. He’s been one of the nicest lyricists to come out of New Jersey in recent memory & that hasn’t changed at all, but the production on here in comparison is like night & day.

Score: 4.5/5

Crimeapple – “Viridi Panem” review

This is the 8th EP from rising New Jersey spotter Crimeapple, who first blew up in the underground with his Sweet Dreams EP that dropped on Halloween a couple years ago. This was followed up with his Big Ghost Ltd.-produced debut Aguardiente the following year but if dropping Wet Dirt with DJ Skizz & Medallo with DJ Muggs wasn’t enough for Crimeapple in 2019, he’s decided to close out 2019 with Viridi Panem.

After the “Initium” intro, we go into the first song “Lupos”. Where Crimeapple talks about being the greatest over a demented boom bap beat. The next track “Entenmann’s” compares the cocaine he’s pushing to the titular donut shop over a cavernous boom bap beat while the song “D’Angelo Vickers” gets mafioso over a gritty beat.

The track “Alium” gets romantic over a slow yet eerie instrumental while the song “Phil Spectre” goes at his competition over a ghostly instrumental. The penultimate track “Dead Gringos” of course gets murderous over an ambient/boom bap fusion & then the EP ends with “Time to Go”, where Crimeapple brags over a soulful instrumental.

This is yet another example of why Crimeapple is one of the best MCs in the underground right now. His lyricism continues to stay grittier with each release & even the production from Buck Dudley is pretty hard as well.

Score: 4/5

Crimeapple – “Medallo” review

Crimeapple is an MC from New Jersey who first garnered my attention in 2017 with his 4th EP Sweet Dreams that dropped on a couple years ago on Halloween along with his Big Ghost Ltd. produced debut album Aguardiente last March. He released a fantastic sophomore album Wet Dirt with DJ Skizz earlier this year & if that’s not enough, he’s coming back with the help of DJ Muggs to deliver his 3rd full-length album.

After the titular intro, we go into the first song “En Vivo Desde Manrique”. Where Crimeapple delivers some gritty battle bars over a haunting beat. The track “Tiburones” then flaunts over a grimy boom bap beat while the song “Camisas” continues to brag over a piano-inflicted boom bap beat. The track “Prescription” reflects on his drug dealing days over a alluring sample while the song “Villa Hermosa” gets reflective over a classy sample.

The track “Crazy Eddie’s” talks about how sharp he is over a boom beat with an ominous bass-line while the song “Just Because” compares his music to drugs over some strings. The track “Acetone Wash” with Conway the Machine sees the 2 gets bloodthirsty over an eerie sample & while the song “22 Blue 2s” has a nice boom bap/rock fusion in the instrumental, the Primo Profit verse at the start does nothing for me.

The track “No More 2 for 5” has a beautifully horror-esque vibe to it as Crimeapple’s voice sounding like it’s coming from a walkie talkie while the song “Aguas Profundas” gets mafioso over a minimalist instrumental. The penultimate track “Bloodtype” gets back on the battle tip over a nightmarish instrumental & then the album ends with “Tellin’ Me Lies”, where Crimeapple gets sensual over a soulful beat.

Yet again, Crimeapple outdoes himself & reveals himself as one of the best in the underground right now. His lyricism keeps getting sharper & DJ Muggs’ signature sound suits him near perfectly.

Score: 4.5/5

Crimeapple – “Wet Dirt” review

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Crimeapple is an MC from New Jersey who’s been making some noise in the underground over the past year or so. Especially with his 4th EP Sweet Dreams that dropped on Halloween 2017 & his Big Ghost Ltd. produced debut album Aguardiente last March. However, he is now teaming up with DJ Skizz to deliver his sophomore album.

The album kicks off with the titular song, which talks about doing him over a boom bap beat with some haunting background vocals & piano chords. The next song “Pasteless” gets mafioso over a flute-tinged beat while the track “Springfield Power Plant” talks about his hustle over a classy beat. The song “Chuletas” is essentially a charismatic humble brag over a perfectly suiting instrumental while the track “Heavy Sativas” is filled with vivid drug dealer bars over an alluring beat. The song “Skeleton Keys” continues the Scarface-esque lyricism over an eerie keyboard heavy beat while the track “Purple Rain” gets more introspective over a settle beat with some horns. The song “Divine” is an acoustic cut paying tribute to his pregnant girl & then the album ends with “FFFeel Good”, which talks about how no one is on his level over soulful boom bap beat.

All & all, this is tied with Aguardiente as Crimeapple’s magnum opus. It could’ve been longer & could’ve used a couple features to break up the monotony but outside of that, Crimeapple continues to show that he’s one of the rawest dudes out right now as his lyricism has gotten sharper & DJ Skizz’s production on here suits him fantastically.

Score: 4.5/5