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I’m not going to lie, I get distracted hella easy. As I’m working in my living room, my roommate looks at me and asks, “Yo, you ever hear of this dude, CRIMEAPPLE? This song ‘Purple Rain’ is insane.” Spotify was already open, so I threw the song on and it smacked me in the face. I literally stopped everything I was doing, started the album from the beginning, and wrote this article.

He released this album, Wet Dirt, the first week of February. As we listened, my roommate and I discussed the brilliance of DJ Skizz’s production. He uses multiple obscure yet almost familiar samples within one song to create a dynamic beat that amplifies CRIMEAPPLE’s classic boom bap flow.

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Apparently, he’s only been really serious about rapping for a few years, but he spits with the refinement of a seasoned veteran. His vocal tone is clear and confident, with a flow that doesn’t question the rhythm of the beat. Unlike some of the rappers in the mainstream spotlight right now.

CRIMEAPPLE is lyrically captivating. You can hear the streets of New York and New Jersey in the tone of his voice. As well, his Colombian heritage can be heard through his bilingual bars that effortless bounce between Spanish and English.

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Wet Dirt feels just like the name sounds. There’s a grit to the opening track that makes me envision him spitting these verses from a Brownstone stoop. Yet, you hear a fluidity in his cadence while it rides alongside the piano keys.

Pasteles sounds just as delicious as the dish it’s named after. Springfield Power Plant lives up to the name with a sampling from the Simpsons. This goes into Chuletas, which slaps a bass line that hits deep in my soul.

Although I like every song, Heavy Sativas is my favorite track. I can hear Colombia, I can hear hip-hop, and I can feel CRIMEAPPLE’S soul through every bar. But out of all the hooks on the album, Skeleton Key has my favorite.

Purple Rain is bar after bar of dope rhymes. Emphasized by soft keys and a trumpet that gives me goosebumps. The track, Divine, is another hauntingly beautiful track that weighs heavy in your ears. Between the two, you’re listening to almost seven minutes of incredibly raw emotions.

CRIMEAPPLE relieves that tension in the soul-soaked track, FFFeel Good. He ends the lyrically impressive album by alliterating the letter ‘F’ throughout the track.

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