Since the arrival of Roc Marciano’s debut album Marcberg and Ka’s Iron Works there has been a shift in the underground landscape and not only in New York, but it has spread to Massachusetts, New Jersey, and even DC. That shift has been the resurgence of the traditional East Coast sound we all fell in love with. I’m talking about the sound that the Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, CNN, Kool G Rap, and more were known for. In the recent years, there has been a new crop of rappers that have emerged following a similar path that Roc and Ka help re-establish. Westside Gunn, Conway, Mach-Hommy, Sha Hef, Svmooth, Estee Nack, Hus Kingpin, ANKHLEJOHN, and Al Divino are just a few who have emerged from this wave all who you should give a listen especially if you love that East Coast sound. with Westside and Conway having the biggest impact on the mainstream so far. One rapper who you may or may not have heard of that should also be on your radar is Hackensack New Jersey’s own CRIMEAPPLE.
CRIMEAPPLE who is of Colombian descent is bringing a different spin to the East Coast sound. While most American rappers of Hispanic descent tend to just rap in english, CRIMEAPPLE raps in both English and Spanish without missing a beat. Don’t let that discourage you from listening to him though because he can rap his ass off and it doesn’t take away from the music at all. My first introduction to CRIMEAPPLE was his freestyle on Statik Selektah’s Showoff Radio which he bodied and that’s when the buzz started.
At the end of 2017, he went from having zero projects under his belt to hitting us with a slew of material and dropping 4 EP’s in 2-month span. The projects included Metralleta, the street fighter inspired EP’s Perfect 1, & Perfect 2 and the Halloween inspired Sweet Dreams. All which were released in 2-3 week intervals and entirely produced by his go-to producer Buck Dudley who provides the perfect backdrops for CRIMEAPPLE’s gritty rhymes. This is just the beginning for CRIMEAPPLE and 2018 has already started off with a bang for the rising MC.
In March he released his highly anticipated collaborative project with Big Ghost Ltd titled Aguardiente which boasted features from Benny, Vic Spencer, Daniel Son, Lil Eto and Milano Constantine, he was featured on Westside Gunn’s Supreme Blientele on the song “Spanish Jesus” and released and EP with Cuns titled Salud Y Plata. He continues his run with the release of the 3rd installment of his Perfect series which is available for purchase here.
I had the opportunity to speak with CRIMEAPPLE to discuss the origin of his name, his influences, his relationship with Buck Dudley, being featured on Westside Gunn’s album and more. Check out the interview below, along with Metralleta and the video for “Ghost Pepper Policy” featuring ANKHLEJOHN and get familiar with CRIMEAPPLE.
1. Where did the name CRIMEAPPLE come from?
- It was a slang word originally that I just invented and it was a name of a song I did a long time ago.
2. Who are some of your musical influences?
- Too many too name to be honest with you. I listen to about everything, even shit I don’t like so I can see what I don’t want to do.
3. When did you start taking rap seriously and were you always writing making songs or did you start off battle rapping?
- I started taking it seriously about 2 years ago. Yea, I used to battle and stuff like that and then I went into recording music. That was a hobby more than anything and then after a couple, I was like let me take it seriously.
4. In September you released your first project Metralleta. What was your creative process when making the project?
- Pretty simple. Me and Buck we go back and I had a bunch of his beats so it was kind of just getting some new stuff from him and going back to stuff that I had for a minute that I was sitting on for a couple of years.
5. Was there a particular meaning behind the name, Metralleta? I know it means machine gun in Spanish, but besides that is there any reason you chose that name?
- It was something the homies used to call me in high school when I was battling kids.
6. The artwork for Metrellta was dope it’s a baby sleeping on a Uzi. How did you come up with that?
- It was kind of like me sleeping on myself. I could have done that project 5 years ago. There is a couple joints on there I recorded years prior to releasing the project.
7. What made you go back and grab some of those old tracks to throw on your project?
- It just fit. I wanted to put my best foot forward and I knew it would be the first body of work people would be listening to and Buck and I wanted to make sure that even if three people heard that and a year later I got 3,000 people checking for me based on something new, they could go back to that and it would still hold up.
8. You and Buck Dudley are a perfect team. How did yall link up?
- We met at a show that I had did in New Brunswick at Rutgers, just on some regular shit. It wasn’t really off of his beats or anything like that. We just started linking doing a little bit of music. The relationship is more than music, we kick it regularly. I can go two or three years without doing music with Buck Dudley, not like that would happen but we would still be tight.
9. After dropping Metrellta you hit us with Perfect 1 & 2. How did your approach differ from creating Metralleta.
– That was all fresh. When I did Perfect 1 & 2 it was almost in a hurry. There was a gap between going up on Shade 45 and dropping the joint with Statik so I didn’t want to wait to couple more months to put something out so I was like let’s put that out quick.
10. How did you link up with Westside Gunn and when did you know you would be featured on Supreme Blientele?
- He just hit me to let me know he had joint for us from Harry Fraud. I knew it made the cut when he posted the album artwork.
10. You being from Colombia does that have any inspiration on your music?
- Yeah, it bleeds through in every aspect of my life so definitely comes through in the music. I have a lot of Colombian people that hit me up and tell me that I’m saying things that no one else can really say the way I’m saying it.