It's shocking that an artist with such a lengthy musical profile would only be releasing their debut album a decade after they began their involvement with the creative form. Apathy is one of those artists that has released many a 12", had guest appearances everywhere and has hyped up this album for years... But has only now brought it to fruition.
After being signed to Atlantic a couple of years ago, fans and industry insiders had Apathy pegged as potentially the next "Great White Hype." Some thought he had cross-over appeal, but apparently Atlantic haven't yet found a way to push that forward and so "Eastern Philosophy" has surfaced through Babygrande.
What's apparent with Apathy's material is that the lyrics are intelligently assembled; they're all very well thought out although some subject matter is tried ("The Buck Stops Here" tells a tale of where money has been and where it goes). Apathy's main problem though is that his voice sometimes blends too much into the beat, drawing away from his words.
"The Winter," the album's lead single featuring Blue Raspberry is smooth and chilling. The title is brought to life by the beat and Apathy dominates his backdrop with Blue Raspberry delivering a vintage Wu-Tang feel to the hook.
The subject matter by and large is nicely diverse, yet the production is arranged well enough so that each track flows into the next. "Crime" features Apathy analyzing crime from all levels, from thugs to the corporate world. "9 To 5" includes the perfect Jay-Z sample on the hook, and although initially Apathy's sung portion is a drawback, it grows on you considerably. "I Remember" is also worth mentioning; a great walk down memory lane as Apathy traces back some of his Hip Hop history. Beginning with a Buckshot sample, Ap talks about styles of the past and analyzes the present situation in Connecticut.
"Eastern Philosophy" is a great debut album for Apathy, but it feels like its come out too late with the hype nearly gone.