Monday, January 7, 2013

[Mixtape] Marki$ Apollo - XIII

Portland rapper Marki$ Apollo dropped his debut project XIII last October, and after spending sometime sitting in my inbox (this happens a lot) I finally got around to checking it out. I must say, I was quite impressed with the young man. We discussed his tape on Twitter after I finished listening to it and one of the ways he described it was "a lyrical exhibition" which XIII exactly is. A short project only around 16 minutes in length with tracks comprised of no hooks but Apollo plays that fact off well by having short tracks and good lyrics. I actually didn't realize there were no hooks until the end of the tape. I was caught up in the lyrics and that is something special about XIII. Apollo definitely has some of the nicest lyrical ability I've heard from an indie rapper and that is the main point of XIII, to show off his skill and to entice the listener to hear more.

Apollo has told me that he is working on his next project Voodoo and that it will truly show his full talent as an artist, until then check out XIII one of the few unnoticed gems from 2012. Stream below or download here.


Anonymous said...

Good shit bro....follow your dreams your ability is measured by how far your willing to go for your dreams....