“Connecticut Casual 2” Changes the Outlook of Apathy’s Career (Album Review)

Connecticut underground MC/producer Apathy releasing a sequel to Connecticut Casual as his 9th full-length solo LP. Emerging only 2 decades back as a member of the Demigodz & the Army of the Pharaohs collectives founded by Open Mic & Vinnie Paz respectively, he was also signed to Atlantic Records at one point even though he eventually left due to creative differences. Since then The Alien Tongue has built up quite the solo discography on his own, with my favorites being Honkey Kong! as well as The Widow’s Son or more recently Where the River Meets the SeaKing of Gods. No Second fully produced by Stu Bangas. Almost a year & a half later, it only makes sense to commemorate the upcoming 10 year anniversary of Connecticut Casual by enlisting Playa Haze to mainly produce Connecticut Casual 2.

“Connecticut Formal” is a jazzy opener to the album representing his homestate whereas “Hammond Court Kids” shifts gears into a twangy boom bap direction talking about how they can only be 1 king & never forgetting who wears the crown. “No One Can Hear You Scream in Space” works in more kicks & snares over a soul sample to discuss a love that was for sure kin to the moon landing, but then “Vacation” keeps it boom bap with a calming vocal flip talking about being in his own head staring off to space.

Meanwhile, “Jackie O” mixes these kicks & snares with a mellow loop admitting that he’s been having dreams of JFK’s widow as of late just before “Fenwick” featuring Kappa Gamma brings back the jazz influences to the beat paying tribute to the titular city. “Never Change” featuring Little Vic hops over a woodwind-laced boom bap beat encouraging everyone out there not to switch up just before the warm yet dusty “Around the Planet” letting his mic take a cruise across the globe.

“Eazy $” goes drumless beginning the last leg of the LP by making some cash while “Todd McFarlane” featuring Celph Titled likens themselves to the Canadian comic book creator over a dusty instrumental. The penultimate track “Kingdom of the Coroner” keeps it raw to justifiably declare himself as the king of Connecticut at this point & lastly, “Tick Tock Tick” sends off Connecticut Casual 2 dustily chasing time to make another classic.

Connecticut Casual was great showing of hometown pride almost a decade ago, but the sequel here essentially changed the outlook on Apathy’s whole career moving forward & while Where the River Meets the Sea was cathartically important for him to get out although he still wasn’t capturing the sound of what he wanted to do, Playa Haze’s production achieves that goal. It’s inspired by a sound that was from the Midnight Marauders‘93 ‘til Infinity & The Main Ingredient era albeit still on its own shit so Ap can deliver the soundtrack to where he & his crew come from: The New England shoreline.

Score: 8/10