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Falling Out the Sky – [Armand Hammer] & [The Alchemist] ft. [Earl Sweatshirt]

Ever since I first got into music, Earl Sweatshirt was one of my favorite emcees of all time. Even back in his Odd Future days when he was messing around and just having fun with life, he was laying down some of the most well thought out, clever bars that I have ever heard in my entire life, and he was quickly solidified as one of my favorites. Even though I’m not as familiar with Armand Hammer, I know that their connection to Earl runs deep and if Earl vibes with them, I’m sure I would as well. Although I want to take more time to listen to their collaborative project with the legendary hitmaker The Alchemist called Haram, I was beyond excited to peep the brand-new music video for the project’s cut “Falling Out the Sky”. Directed by Joseph Mault, the video opens up on a lovely yet somewhat desolate beach as the waves crash against the shore as well as rocks that are supporting small cliffs. When the song begins, Earl seems to walk towards the water and out of a cave, finding the light as he smokes a blunt and spits his deep and introspective bars. When …

Babies & Fools – [Freddie Gibbs] & [The Alchemist] ft. [Conway the Machine]

Ever since Freddie Gibbs and The Alchemist’s collaborative project Alfredo came out so many months ago, at this point, I haven’t gone even a few days without running through the album in its entirety. I’ve stated many times in the past how much I enjoy every single aspect of this project, and it just seems like Al can provide an incredible foundation for any artist to go crazy on. Then again, Freddie Gibbs isn’t just any artist, so when the two masters of music teamed up, it was a Heaven send and the results obviously speak for themselves. When it comes to all of the music videos that have dropped to accompany this effort, they’re all even better at elevating the storyline of the project than I could’ve ever expected, so I always make sure I tune in and share their incredibility with as many people as I possibly can. Whether he’s evading law enforcement and heading out to another country with the help of Rick Ross in “Scottie Beam” cruising around on a yacht with Benny the Butcher like notorious the notorious kingpin in “Frank Lucas”, or simply living one of the most interesting lives in the entire world, …

Egregious – [Willie The Kid] x [Evidence]

Willie The Kid is one of my favorite rappers gravitating toward legendary status. I specifically became a fan of Willie in 2019 after hearing Pearls, which is a flawless twenty-track project containing his most prominent guest features to date. Like any other exceptional artist, the conclusion of Pearls prompted me to delve into Willie’s entire discography, which remains in daily rotation. The Grand Rapids, Michigan lyricist is also an entrepreneur with co-ownership in a clothing brand (GRUSA), a music discovery platform (radi8er), and a wine company (Motu Viget Spirits). He also impressively was an executive producer of a recent Langston Hughes documentary titled I Too Sing America: Langston Hughes Unfurled. Despite having worked with legends such as Nas, Lil Wayne, Alchemist, Roc Marciano, Royce Da 5’9, Ka, and more, Willie The Kid simply isn’t mentioned enough alongside his honored peers. However, Willie has never seemed concerned with his lack of praise, which could be a result of his larger ambition(s) in business. Nonetheless, it cannot be overstated that his rap ability is top tier, and deserves to be revered as such. Similar to the Nas’s and Roc Marciano’s, Willie The Kid exudes confidence with elements of signature slickness that cannot be replicated. Every …

Frank Lucas – [Freddie Gibbs] & [The Alchemist] ft. [Benny The Butcher]

The Alchemist has always been one of my favorite producers ever since I got into Rap music. He just has this way of thinking outside the box whether that’s in terms of samples, putting a new spin on old school techniques, or working with artists to bring the best out of them. He doesn’t specifically cater to one kind of rapper but rather brings something new to the table that not only challenges them but helps bring all of their talents and aptitudes to the forefront. Even if artists like Freddie Gibbs or Benny The Butcher have proven their sheer talent time and time again throughout their extensive careers, Al somehow breathes new life into their skills and brings out another side of them that captures your attention and draws you in throughout every single word they spit. Of course, the song I’m thinking of is “Frank Lucas”, one of the most eye-catching cuts off of the duo’s joint effort Alfredo which just received a brand-new music video treatment. I’m not going to dive too deep into the song itself because you’ve most likely heard it by now, but I couldn’t let the visual come and go without going into …

Till The Morning – [Jay Worthy] & [Shlohmo]

An artist who is constantly pushing the envelope by working with as many different talented producers as possible is Jay Worthy. His music has been well covered on Lyrical Lemonade but his most recent project might be one of the strongest, most creative to date. Already this year he has dropped an EP with Harry Fraud as well as another string of small projects with legends like The Alchemist, Cardo Got Wings, and Jake One. He recently dropped his latest collaboration with Shlohmo that is appropriately titled Till The Morning. A name that accurately reflects the work ethic Worthy possesses, he’ll continue hustling long after the sun has risen. Tapping into production from Shlohmo is something people might not be expecting from the Compton legend, but the pair blend together perfectly to make something that sounds different than any of their previous releases. Throughout this EP, Shlohmo “Mama Used to Say” is a great example of the west coast influenced production from Shlohmo elevating Worthy’s laidback delivery that he has become known for. “You Know” is one of the strongest records on the EP, Worthy sounds immaculate over a beat that centers around jazzy flute every single time. While each song on …

Adam Snow – [42] ft. [Freddie Gibbs] & [Josh Alias]

Freddie Gibbs can do no wrong. He’s been on a legendary tear ever since the release of 2019’s Bandana, his second joint project with Madlib, and after the recent release of his collaborative project with The Alchemist, Alfredo, he’s already proved that 2020 is his year too. Not only has he been putting out some great songs himself, but he’s dropping amazing guest verses effortlessly, the latest of which lands on Adam Snow’s new track “42,” which also features Josh Alias. This track features production from Adam Snow, who comes through with a solid chipmunk soul beat to set the stage, and it suits the two rappers well on the track. The song starts off with a verse you’d expect from Freddie Gibbs, which means it’s great as usual, and Josh Alias picks up right after this with a reflective verse that carries the track to a strong finish. This is not the first time producer Adam Snow has worked with Freddie Gibbs, and hopefully, it isn’t the last. They proved their strong chemistry on 9 to 5, a track from earlier this year that is just as great as this new one. Snow has the ability to chop a sample …

Scottie Beam- [Freddie Gibbs] & [The Alchemist] ft. [Rick Ross]

The Alchemist has been on an absolute roll this year so far. Then again, it’s not out of the question to say that he’s been on a roll for decades, so it’s shouldn’t come as a surprise in the slightest. He has released three unbelievable projects with Boldy James, Conway the Machine, and of course, Freddie Gibbs, and each one of these tapes he was able to bring something different yet equally impressive to the table. I have to admit that I’ve listened to his and Freddie’s project Alfredo more than the other two, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that I can’t believe the chemistry and bond that Al is able to form with every artist he works with. One of my favorite songs off of the aforementioned project has got to be “Scottie Beam” which also features Rick Ross. In case you somehow haven’t heard it up until this point, The Alchemist utilizes mystifying synths of some sort coupled with very relaxed, toned-down tapping percussion and equally calm drums to provide a jazzy and beyond smooth instrumental. Freddie’s delivery is calm and composed, but it almost sounds like there’s slight aggression in his voice that he’s …

1985 – [Freddie Gibbs] & [The Alchemist]

The Alchemist has always been one of my favorite producers of all time, and I know that’s not an unpopular opinion. He just has a wild way of approaching beat making from an outsider looking in perspective, using various samples and old school sounds combined with other off the wall noises to create some of the most complex yet impressive instrumentals in the game. Freddie Gibbs has also impressed me and many others for around a decade at this point, and he hasn’t slowed down whatsoever since entering the scene. His deep, suave voice mixed with his insane lyrical abilities have kept him on the radar of any sane rap fan since his inception, and it appears as if he’s not even close to finished. He and Al decided to join forces for an entire mixtape entitled Alfredo, a loose mashup of the duo’s names, that’s set to release tomorrow, May 29th. Although this is brand-new news to me, I instantly became excited because I already know how insane this collaborative effort is going to be. In order to support the hype that is going to escalate ever so quickly since this announcement, the tag team decided to drop a …

Slow Roll- [Boldy James] x [The Alchemist]

There’s no denying the extremely evident talent of Detroit veteran Boldy James. I myself am not as familiar with him as I probably should be, but I am aware of his skill and the reason why he has managed to stick around for so long in the Rap scene. The Alchemist is really the one who drew me into their collaborative project The Price of Tea in China because I’ve always been a fan of the uncharacteristic instrumentals he brings to life for some of my favorite rappers. Usually, these beats sound obscure and weird in the best way possible, because it truly gives a challenge to the artist he’s working with, always leading to an impressive and notable result. After they dropped their collaborative effort earlier this year, the duo is back with a brand-new music video for their track “Slow Roll”. Alchemist brings this beat to life starting with some intergalactic, bubbly synths, some old school reminiscent drums, and some effective yet minimalistic percussion, among other strange but appealing instruments. Boldy’s voice is unaltered and sounds so pure and naturally assertive, which isn’t very common in the current climate of Rap music, so it truly does show that he’s …

WHOLE WORLD – [Earl Sweatshirt] ft. [Maxo]

Although I’m impressed by a lot of the unique up and coming artists in the current state of Rap music, it seems like less and less time is being put into lyrics. A lot of these artists rely on a unique sound or a different voice that sticks out to fans in order to gain more recognition, but virtually no one is really taking the time to truly write lyrics that are mind-bending and thought-provoking. That’s why I’m such a massive fan of Earl Sweatshirt because he takes his time when writing lyrics and although I might not understand references he makes after my first or even fiftieth listen, I seem to always unveil new messages or references after every single time I turn on one of his songs. I was a fan of him back in his Odd Future days because even if his lyrics weren’t the most meaningful, I could still understand the abundance of time and effort that went into his intricate wordplay and lyricism. This effort and artistry have always been a constant throughout Earl’s extensive career, and it’s no different at all on his latest single “WHOLE WORLD” which features LA-based rapper Maxo. It’s clear …