CRIMEAPPLE just released his latest album, El Cantante, following an incredibly prolific 2022. Moreover, the last full-length we heard from the Jersey rapper was the 9-track Sin Cortar in collaboration with DJ Muggs. While APPLE has some help on El Cantante, he mostly takes full control of what he’s putting on wax.
Furthermore, features include RLX and BoriRock on the track “Together.” Also, collaboration is a key part of his artistry, because it’s a key part of hip-hop. CRIMEAPPLE focuses on sharp and boastful East Coast lyricism, atmospheric instrumentals, and abstract beats. You might’ve caught a feature of his on projects like Westside Gunn’s Supreme Blientele.
Also, he frequently works with the likes of DJ Muggs, with whom he dropped Cartagena in 2021. Moreover, they’ve done more than a few songs and projects together at this point. Still, CRIMEAPPLE also works with a lot of other producers associated with the likes of Boldy James, Rome Streetz, and the rest of the current drumless wave.
“Doing another album was a no-brainer” Muggs and CRIMEAPPLE told Complex. “The chemistry was there from jump. Outside of that, it’s a family affair at this point. When we link it’s a movie, quite literally. We give listeners an experience more so than just another album. We take you places you probably won’t ever go on your own.”
Overall, this album is a concise and quality collection of chill, dense beats, impressive writing, and as always, touching homages and references to CRIMEAPPLE’s Colombian descent. Furthermore, sometimes it’s in the form of samples, and sometimes the project will switch to Spanish passages. However, the roots run quite deep. The title “El Cantante” is most likely a reference to Héctor Lavoe, the legendary Puerto Rican salsa singer. Moreover, he was on the label Fania Records, the leading salsa label whose logo is imitated on CRIMEAPPLE’s album cover.
Still, what did you think of CRIMEAPPLE’s latest album, El Cantante? Whatever the case, let us know in the comments and check out the tape’s tracklist down below. Also, if you haven’t heard the project yet, you can find it on your preferred streaming service. As always, come back to HNHH for the best new music released each week.
- My Song
- Out The Way