Church & AP is the New Zealand-based rap project which involves Elijah Manu (Church), and Albert Purcell (AP). We introduced them with the debut track “Ready Or Not”; now they released the debut album titled Teeth which is out via YKK. It was driven by an ambition to make innovative New Zealand hip hop. The album contains many references to their lives as teenagers in Auckland, with the autobiographical album closer ‘Chrysalis’ telling the story of Church & AP from day one.
Speaking on the album’s release, Church said: “Personally, I took a lot of inspiration from early Neptunes, Kelis, N.E.R.D, Clipse, etc. Also more modern voices like Kah-Lo, XanMan and Shiraz. Track 8 is actually named after Shiraz. There’s myriad influences for TEETH. So I think each individual will find something unique in it. Releasing a debut album is like buying your girlfriend a birthday present. You think she’ll like it…I mean you hope to God she’ll like it. But at the end of the day all you can is hope. BUT the more effort you put into it, the better your chances are. And I know we put a lot of effort into this.”