It’s been a long time since Apathy signed the dotted line with Atlantic. Since then the public has waited, and waited, and waited for his debut to drop. Rumors ranged from a severe case of writer’s block to his inability to make a commercially successful single in regards to the delay. But fans don’t care about the specifics – all they want to know is where the album is. That’s it. They don’t care what the situation over at Atlantic is. All they want is material. So what does the Demigod do? He shuts up all the skeptics, fans and critics alike with Ap’s name on their tongue with the appropriately titled Where’s Your Album?!! mixtape.
Where’s Your Album?!! is an appetizer of sorts that may just be enough to fill up the average listener. You can catch Apathy accomplishing a number of things with this album. From demonstrating his ability to rip over other peoples beats and make them sound better, to smashing emcees over his own joints, to more introspective joints, Ap’s got it all. The album really kicks off with a bang on “It Takes A Seven Nation Army To Hold Us Back” where Ap rocks the hell out of the mic over the White Stripes “Seven Nation Army”. Ap displays his unbelievable knack for making a song. Many emcees can rock the mic, but how many can make a song? Not only does he make the rock song pulsate through your speakers at a hip hop pace, he showcases his ability to kill a rock song to the point where you can hear it on your radio station and see it on MTV. When he comes for a second helping of rock remixing, the results are even more astounding. While twisting the nasty guitars and electronic flex of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” and making it his own “Personal Jesus”, it becomes apparent that Atlantic made the right decision for an artist. He also shows how he can torment somebody else’s production and make it his own song. Taking Jeru’s “Da Bitchez” and blowing up the spot with femcee Eternia, Apathy sheds some more light on the ingredients of “bitches” on his own “Da Bichez”. Even Nas’ “Represent” isn’t safe from Ap’s mic wrath as he along with Celph Titled and Motive smash “Represent”. Apathy continues to show growth as an artist by delivering introspective joints such as “Can’t Nobody” over an unreleased Kanye West joint and “Same Ol’ Same Ol’” which maintains his incredible knack for narratives.
Of course, Apathy gives you enough cockstrong rhymes to keep the diehards from losing it. “The Janitor” is nothing but Ap’s persona bleeding all over the track, while “Checkmate” showcases an incredible verse Ap wrote in 1997. Apathy shows what made him appealing in the first place over The Roots “Lesson” on “The Lesson Freestyle” Apathy may be one of the better battle emcees of our time but shows that there is more than punchlines and metaphors to this emcee. And because of that the wait may be more than worth it.
Whether the listener notices or not, Apathy is really growing and developing into a different kind of an emcee. The long hiatus is beginning to create a monster that nobody may be able to stop. It almost seems as if the wait has worked in Apathy’s favor by allowing him to get more and more comfortable with recording intense material for a broader audience. By showcasing the old mic torturing Apathy combined with the new song developing Apathy, he lets people know nothing has change and warns heads of the future. Watch out because this cat means business. But the question still remains… Yo Apathy, “Where’s Your Album?!!”
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