Apathy "Every Emcee" (2000)
"Every Emcee" is close to a perfect track, as far as I'm concerned. It opens promisingly with a rising horn, then drops the kick and snare while the horn holds the top note. Apathy comes in with the beat and kills it effortlessly:
You can't swallow this, I'll never be eaten,
defeated or beaten - as long as I'm breathin', I'm never retreatin'
The chorus samples Black Thought, and Apathy appropriately rhymes along: "I'm every Emcee/It's all of me/That's the way it is/Way it gotta be". The horns come back blaring during the chorus, and the track really shines. Rise follows Apathy with a nice verse; their styles complement each other well. Thankfully, though, the beat has a nice long outro, with extended instrumentation; strong head-nod material. Includes "Ain't Nuthin' Nice" (Street, Radio, Instrumental) and "Every Emcee" (Street, Radio, Instrumental).