Being the “King of Connecticut” might not be hip-hop’s most illustrious title, but there isn’t a state, country or world wide web where Apathy’s rap royalty doesn’t reign supreme. For nearly 15 years, the Demigodz and Get Busy Committee co-founder has wowed audiences and hip-hop purists around the globe with his breathtaking brand of ferocious and multi-stylistic lyrics. While his production is too often slept on, beat placements with Cypress Hill and others, as well as his work with GBC, Ap’s work behind the boards is getting extremely hard to ignore.
With the backing of Top Spin Media and Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, the Get Busy Committee featuring Apathy, producer-du-jour Scoop DeVille and Style of Beyond’s Ryu made plenty of noise in 2010. Recorded in Los Angeles, GBC’s debut album, Uzi Does It, allowed the members of GBC to write more than just verses and push both their creativity—inside the studio and out. The album’s throwback-to-the-future single “Chillin Out Maxin” and lo-fi dance cut “I Don’t Care About You” perfectly synched with Kogi Truck parking lot BBQs and koalas holding Uzis on t-shirts. The free download “Dancin’ On Your Grave” and its remix featuring Paul Wall, Murs and Xzibit, as well as a follow-up full-length coming at the start of 2011 promises that GBC isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
After experimenting with song structure, Apathy says that his third album, Honkey Kong, will be a return to the harder bubblegoose-weathered hip-hop that purist fans have memorized. Scheduled for a 2011 release with appearances from Evidence, Chino XL,Bishop Lamont and more, Ap will once again be handling the bulk of the production. He’s also been ghostwriting for “active hip-hop legends.” And if that wasn’t enough, the long awaited return of the Demigodz, Apathy and Celph Titled’s heralded crew and record label, is also on deck.
Apathy made his debut in 1997, on Jedi Mind Tricks’ classic first full-lenth, The Pyscho-Social LP, and followed it up with The Godz Must Be Crazier EP, alongside business partner and friend Celph Titled in 2002. It was also Jedi Mind Trick’s Vinnie Paz that linked Apathy up with Army of the Pharoahes, an underground hip-hop who’s who of emcees that included Esoteric, Celph, Outerspace, Jus Allah, and more. On the solo tip, Apathy had a four-plus-year stint with Atlantic Records (which curiously yielded two incredible mixtapes, It’s The Bootleg Motherfucka, Vol. 1 and Where’s Your Album?, but no official release), before returning to his independent roots. He released Eastern Philosophy, officially his debut album, in 2006 through Babygrande Records and another mixtape, Baptism by Fire, in 2007 on his own Demigodz imprint. His purposefully misleading Wanna Snuggle? was released in 2009 and featured J-Live, Phonte, B-Real, Chip Fu, and others. Apathy has toured the U.S., Europe and Australia, sharing the stage with Snoop Dogg, Linkin Park, Cypress Hill, Ghostface Killah, and more. He may be the King of Connecticut, but the sun never sets on Apathy’s throne.