The Plugs I Met – [Benny The Butcher]

Griselda is one of the most fascinating movements in rap currently, and if there’s any group that gives me faith in “real rap” as some call it, it’s them. Benny the Butcher, one of the groups most prominent members, has been making waves for quite some time now and for good reason, most notably riding the momentum from last year’s Tena Talk 3. The Plugs I Met is the newest project from Benny, and it doesn’t disappoint in the slightest. As expected, we get some hard-hitting and intricate boom-bap production, with Benny tearing it up from track to track. Not only Benny kills it though, as he teamed up with a bunch of rap legends this time like Pusha T, Black Thought, Jadakiss, and 38 Spesh. Griselda member Conway, who dropped a project earlier this year, is also featured, along with India and RJ Wayne. The intimidating production throughout is handled by DJ Shay, The Alchemist, Daringer, and Beat Butcha, and it matches Benny’s overall confidence and ruthless performances from track to track. Don’t miss out on one of the most consistent releases of the year, check out The Plugs I Met for yourself below and on all streaming services! …

Our 50 Favorite Wiz Khalifa Songs

In the music world, influence manifests itself in many different ways. Whether it be sonically — changing the sounds that artists use and often creating some sort of new trend and/or subgenre in the process — or aesthetically — changing the “cool” styles in music and the lifestyles that artists speak about in their songs — influence can arrive packaged as a quick viral moment or a lasting flame, both of which hold value in their own rights.  Pittsburgh’s own, the Taylor Gang representative himself, Wiz Khalifa, is one of the rare talents who comes around and entirely shifts the culture in both of the aforementioned ways. Especially when he first came out, Wiz’s lanky, tattooed build and effortlessly cool stoner lifestyle made him a genuinely alluring artist, and while his personal style (snapbacks, the dyed patch of hair, etc.) was worthy of mention, the music was there to back it all up. Simply put, Wiz’s style, both on the mic and off, quickly set a standard for creatives and other artists to congregate toward, marking him as one of music’s most underrated culture-shifters of the last decade or so. Even further, beyond the influence that Wiz has had on a …

Watch Alchemist’s brand new interview on The Smokebox

Alchemist is one of the best producers in the game but that goes without saying, and he stopped by The Smokebox recently to chop it up with his long time friend BReal. You will find them talking about a ton of interesting subjects including hanging out with Cypress Hill at a very young age, his relationship with Action Bronson, his work on the Temples of Boom album, having bar work as a teenager, Mobb Deep, putting his 10,000 hours into his craft in order to master it, meeting Busta Rhymes when he picked him up from the airport and more. Check out the first part of this conversation below as we wait for the second part that hopefully drops soon!

Bread – [Alchemist]

In the world of production, no one is on the same planet as Alchemist — and it has been that way for years. Today, proving this, the Alchemist is back with one his finest offerings to date in the form of a brand new album entitled Bread. Soulful as can be and doused in dense flows and head-turning energy, this project pairs some of the best lyricists in the game with a collection of Alchemist’s best instrumentals. Boasting features from Westside Gunn & Conway, Roc Marciano, Black Thought, and Earl Sweatshirt, the project is clearly filled with talent, even including the song “E. Coli” alongside Earl Sweatshirt that dropped just a couple days back as well as the instrumental versions of each song. Needless to say, as expected, Alchemist never loses his soul and Bread is proof, so make sure you spin this record at the link below!

E. Coli – [The Alchemist] x [Earl Sweatshirt]

With a new EP slotted for Nov. 30, west-coast producer The Alchemist has dropped the project’s first single featuring Earl Sweatshirt. On “E. Coli”, the veteran beat-maker matches his ear for hazy, sample-based instrumentals with Earl’s timeless straight-bar style. Earl’s monotone, steady flow hovers atop the production with a weighty presence. Thoughts come out in a moment of lucidity, blending introspection with storytelling in a daydream like stupor. “E. Coli” feels like a quick smoke break of a song and an example of rapper and producer moving in tandem almost effortlessly. There’s also a music video that goes with the song, and thanks to director Jason Goldwatch, it’s actually so uncomfortable that I’d rather you just watch it for yourself instead of trying to break it down. So, peep the perplexing monster battle-inspired visuals for The Alchemist’s “E. Coli” below, and stay tuned for his ‘Bread’ EP coming Nov. 30.

Some Rap Songs – [Earl Sweatshirt]

Three years since the release of his highly-acclaimed album, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside, it’s safe to say that the world is ready for new Earl Sweatshirt. Throughout the past few weeks, the Odd Future alumnus has been upping the anticipation around the project with two new singles of his, “Nowhere2go” and “The Mint“, as well as a newly-released feature on “E. Coli” alongside Alchemist. Today, he ends the wait with Some Rap Songs in all of its dense lyrical glory. One track after another, as my friend deemed it, this project shows Earl in a way that commands attention. Whether you usually listen to the lyrics or not, Earl makes sure that what he has to say is heard, and the background of soulful sampling and off-kilter, low-fi production acts as a fitting backdrop to so much emotional introspection. By mastering the art of self-awareness, Earl Sweatshirt is at his most refined in Some Rap Songs, and he can prove over a span of just 25 minutes of incredible music. This project is certainly going to top some year-end lists, so stream it below and show some love to one of the finest MCs out right now!

FETTI – [Curren$y] [Freddie Gibbs] & [The Alchemist]

The wait is over, Fetti is here. Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs and The Alchemist’s long awaited project is out and it was well well worth the wait. From the moment it starts the project meets the sonic expectation placed on such a noteworthy collaboration. The chemistry is palpable, the bars are calculated and the production, is nothing short of classic. The project doesn’t over stay its welcome, at nine tracks totaling 24-minutes long, Fetti has major replay value. The trio flex their dynamic ability delivering an array of songs varying in mood, both lyrically and production wise. Songs like “Location Remote” and “Willie Lloyd” are grittier while “Saturday Night Special” and “Now & Later Gators” showcase the softer side of Gibbs and Curren$y. Listen to, Fetti below and tell us what you think of the Freddie Gibbs, Curren$y and The Alchemist collaboration in the comment section!

Universal Studios – [Wiz Khalifa] prod. [The Alchemist]

Wiz Khalifa’s grind is showing no symptoms of slowing down. A brief two weeks after the release of his much anticipated Rolling Papers 2 project, Wiz is already back with a fresh stoner cut. With production by The Alchemist, Universal Studios is a jazzy, easy going track. The Alchemist cooked up a Taylor made beat for Wiz that showcases his iconic stoner flow. If you’re a fan of “Old Wiz” this track is right up your alley. Reminisce on the old days with the breezy Universal Studios below. And if you’re feeling it, make sure to pick up a limited vinyl pressing of the track from The Alchemist’s BandCamp page here. But act fast if you want one, only 500 of the extremely limited 7” Vinyl will be released.

The Hopeless Romantic – [Action Bronson]

Few producer-artist duos compare to the soulful nature that Alchemist and Action Bronson bring to the table, and today, they’re here to remind fans of their chemistry with a new track titled “The Hopeless Romantic”. The song actually comes off of the Alchemists’ new Lunch Meat EP, setting the tone off on a powerful tone with its tremendous bouts of brass and pure soul as the two blend with ease. Once complemented with Bronson’s recognizable vocals, obscure references, and illustrative lyrics, “The Hopeless Romantic” is taken to new heights. Aside from the song itself, just recently, Action Bronson also announced his departure from Atlantic Records as well as a forthcoming mixtape entitled White Bronco, and with this, the stocks are continuing to rise for the Queens native, he and Alchemist are still on fire together, and “The Hopeless Romantic” is a masterpiece. Give it a listen below and let us know what you think in the comments!

Brother Jedidiah – [Action Bronson] ft. [Big Body Bes]

Action Bronson makes his return with an amazing new record featuring Big Body Bes titled “Brother Jedidiah,” which comes as the first offering from Alchemist & Budgies “The Good Book Vol. 2” project that was announced earlier today. The jazzy, gospel production was handled by none other than The Alchemist himself, who tapped Bronson and Bes to flow back and forth with their gritty, in-your-face style of rap that is a signature of their sound. Besides that, this new Alchemist project is really shaping up to be something legendary, as the double-CD offering will include 45 tracks and only 2000 collector copies for the public. It’s safe to say that the hype is real for this project, so with further ado, press play on the first single below and look out for “The Good Book Vol.2” on July 21st! Also, check out the massive feature list for the forthcoming LP: Mobb Deep, Royce 5′ 9, Westside Gunn & Conway, Mach Hommy, Meyhem Lauren, Durag Dynasty, Big Twins, Action Bronson, Big Body Bes, Your Old Droog, Evidence, Olivier The 2nd, Jeremiah Jae, Buddy, Emmavie, Chris O’Bannon, Joyce Wright, Jay Worthy, Traffic, Dreebo, Sulaiman, Nyku, Remy Banks, Chuck Inglish, Nasty Nigel & Joyce …