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 – “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