Killmatic

Killmatic, Version Records. It was produced by rapper Apathy (who also serves as executive producer for the album), DJ Premier, Teddy Roxpin, Chumzilla (who also serves as disc jockey for three songs), Snowgoons, Skammadix, Will C and Marco Polo.

Killmatic
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 5, 2013 [1]
Recorded2011-2013
GenreHip hop [1]
Length56:13
LabelDirty Version[1]
ProducerApathy (also exec.), DJ Premier, Teddy Roxpin, Chumzilla, Snowgoons, Skammadix, Will C, Marco Polo
Singles from Killmatic
  1. "Demigodz Is Back"
    Released: November 23, 2011
  2. "Dead in the Middle"
    Released: February 5, 2013
  3. "Worst Nightmare"
    Released: March 5, 2013
  4. "Raiders Cap"
    Released: May 13, 2013

Pre-releaseEdit

On November 23, 2011, Celph Titled from Demigodz shared the first single, "Demigodz Is Back" from the Demigodz album entitled as Killmatic on Facebook.[2] The official video of "Demigodz Is Back" was later released on January 18, 2013.[3] The second single was released on February 5, 2013 called "Dead in the Middle".[4]

ReleaseEdit

The album debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart.[5]

Post-releaseEdit

The third single called "Worst Nightmare" was released on the same day as the album, March 5, 2013.[6] The fourth and final single, "Raiders Cap", was released on May 13, 2013.[7]

DescriptionEdit

"Demigodz is for true, hardcore hip-hop fans", Apathy said. "This Killmatic album was made to reflect that. We always try to keep it grimy, dirty, creepy, spooky and fucked up".[8]

ReceptionEdit

Killmatic received critical acclaim from music critics. Jake Paine of HipHopDX gave the album a 3.5 out of 5 saying "If the title was any indication, Killmatic merges two things—seedy subject matter and Golden-Era style. References to David Berkowitz, porn runaways, dirty apartments and more litter this album" and "The other ‘Godz are role-players within an album that doesn’t focus on concept nearly as much as style. To some, this is Everyman music from artists with the antithesis of Everyman abilities."[9]

D.T. Swinga of HipHopSite gave the album a 4 out of 5 saying "The who-gives-a-fuck mentality of Killmatic comes through in both its brazen lyrical content and its flagrant sample selection. The lyrical content is a contest of jabs, designed to shock the listener and instigate friendly competition within the crew." And that "As hip-hop music continues to deteriorate into something only used to sell bottles (whether it be champagne or soda), it’s nice to see a crew of dudes like Demigodz still holding it down after a decade plus in the game, especially when many of the cats that came up in their era have more or less hung up their mics."[10]

CreditsEdit

  • Cover [Illustration] by Chris Murray
  • Design [Graphics] by Open Mic
  • Executive Produced by Apathy, Celph Titled & Open Mic
  • Recorded by DJ Premier (track 8)
  • Recorded and mixed by Apathy
  • Vocals [skit] by Adrienne Law[1]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Giants on Earth" (Intro)Apathy0:47
2."Demigodz Is Back"Apathy3:06
3."Dumb High" (featuring Open Mic)Apathy3:57
4."Never Take Me Out" (featuring Termanology)Teddy Roxpin3:52
5."Just Can't Quit" (featuring Scoop DeVille)Apathy3:40
6."Worst Nightmare"DJ Premier3:35
7."Can't Fool Me" (featuring Eternia)Apathy, Tone Spliff (scratches)3:52
8."DGz x NYGz" (featuring Panchi of NYGz)Chumzilla3:32
9."Dead in the Middle"Apathy3:18
10."The Gospel According to..." (featuring Planetary)Skammadix4:43
11."Raiders Cap"Apathy3:19
12."The Fallen Angels"Apathy, Chumzilla (scratches)3:22
13."The Summer of Sam"Snowgoons3:15
14."Tomax & Xamot"Will C, Chumzilla (scratches)2:59
15."Captain Caveman" (featuring R.A. the Rugged Man)Teddy Roxpin4:03
16."Audi 5000"Marco Polo, Chumzilla (scratches)4:50

[1][11]

ChartsEdit

Chart (2013) Peak
position
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[12] 11
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[13] 39

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Demigodz, The - KILLmatic (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2013-03-05. Retrieved 2015-03-05.
  2. ^ "Celph Titled - oh word? new demigodz shit? ain't that some..." Facebook.com. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Apathy - Demigodz is Back *OFFICIAL VIDEO*: "Demigodz Is..." Facebook.com. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Celph Titled - Celph Titled shared a link". Facebook.com. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  5. ^ "The Demigodz". Billboard.com. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Celph Titled - *NEW VIDEO* DEMIGODZ - "Worst Nightmare"..." Facebook.com. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Apathy - Figured I'd leak this out... my favorite Demigodz..." Facebook.com. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Demigodz Store". Demigodzstore.bigcartel.com. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  9. ^ HipHopDX. "Demigodz". HipHopDX. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  10. ^ "Demigodz – "KILLmatic" – (Review)". HipHopSite.Com. Archived from the original on 23 October 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ "The Demigodz Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 3, 2016.
  13. ^ "The Demigodz Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 3, 2016.