Alchemist was kind enough to give us a double dose of new music today. For his second release of the day, Alchemist gave Blue sole possession of his instrumentation, resulting in “Cobb.” Blu still has magic with the pen, stringing together alliterative verse to create vibrant pictures. For the instrumental, Alchemist stuck to his most recognizable sound, looping jazz piano over boom bap drums for a slightly off kilter beat that still forces the listener to nod their head.
Blu Feat. Killa Kali, Big Twins & Planet Asia
We can always count on Alchemist to lace us with some heat, and this Friday is not different. He linked up with a few artists for “Palisades.” Blue, Killa Kali, Big Twins and Planet Asia all get a turn on the mic, although the song is officially Blu’s according to Alchemist’s Soundcloud.
Dragon Vs. Wolf
Meyhem Lauren Feat. Action Bronson
As we heard on "Garlic & Oil" earlier this year, Meyhem Lauren and Action Bronson have a lot of on-record chemistry, and with the former's Piatto D'oro mixtape arriving today, we've been treated to another collaboration from the two, over some Alchemist production no less. The elevator-music-like sample is reminiscent of Alch's Yacht Rock experiment, and Bronson comes through with some colorful imagery, coming as hard as he would on a grimy boom bap beat.
Buck 50s & Bullet Wounds
Havoc & Alchemist Feat. Method Man
You always love to see the veterans rap get together and put on a master class to remind everyone how it's done. This morning, Havoc and Alchemist shared "Buck 50s & Bullet Wounds," a new single from their upcoming joint album The Silent Partner that features a verse from Method Man.
Maintain (Fuck How You Feel)
Havoc & Alchemist
On May 20th, Havoc & producer Alchemist will join forces once again for a new 11-song project called The Silent Partner, which you can pre-order now on iTunes. Looking to kick off the campaign today however, the two decided to give us a green light to premiere the first offering this morning for y’all called “Maintain (Fuck How You Feel).”
Alchemist Feat. MC Eiht & Spice 1
MC Eiht and Spice 1 have been on the West Coast rap scene for decades, and while their respective outputs have slowed over the last few years, they're both still have a lot to say. Today, they collaborate once again on a release from Alchemist, giving the two a grimy loop to spit over. Eiht starts his slow, but highly animated flow on the first verse before Spice interjects with some more staccato bars, finding a comfortable pocket that feels like an entirely different dimension from Eiht's.
Your Old Droog
Your Old Droog is an unapologetic traditionalist, to the point that there was an early conspiracy theory that he was actually Nas using another alternative pseudonym. Being the 90s-obsessive that he is, Alchemist is a good match for him, and the two come through with some nostalgia on "Hip-Hop Head," which finds Droog meeting up with a girl who knows her rap, at one point reciting Inspectah Deck's "Triumph" verse during a sexual encounter.
Westside Gunn & Action Bronson
For rappers like Westside Gunn and Action Bronson, Alchemist production is pretty much the ideal. After turning in a whole project with Curren$y, Alch comes through with another awesome string loop for Bronson and Gunn to each bless with a 16. Both outdo themselves, putting everything into one verse each and tossing song structure aside.
Hoover Street (Original Version)
Ahead of the impending release of Schoolboy Q’s new single “Groovy Tony,” Alchemist has shared an unexpected deep cut from Q’s last record. Apparently Schoolboy Q original recording “Hoover Street” over Alchemist production. What do y’all think of this version compared to the original? A lot of Schoolboy Q’s pauses and breaks in his bars make a lot more sense on the original production. "Hoover Street" originally appeared on Oxymoron.
Alchemist Feat. Mac Miller & Migos
After a slight warning from Mac Miller earlier, producer Alchemist decides to come through and share a new track on his soundcloud page tonight that he cooked up with the Pittsburgh rapper & Migos called "Jabroni."
Mike Will Made-It's Ear Drummers is a breeding ground for the game's hottest young acts. If you initally slept on Rae Sremmurd, make sure you don't do the same with Eearz. His first release, "Work Ya Muscle," is on its way to becoming a hit, and his latest, "Domino Effect," is even bigger.
Here's a new single from Joey Bada$$, "Aim High," courtesy of Scion AV. Though we tend to be wary of branded promotions like this, we can usually trust Scion, and with the help of Jozif Badmon, they've definitely delivered. "Aim High" comes with production from Harry Fraud and Alchemist. Hope y'all got your lighters handy.
The Alchemist is having a very busy 2015. After releasing instrumental album Israeli Salad in May, the prolific producer is already set to drop new instrumental project Retarded Alligator Beats tomorrow -- and that doesn't even count You Disgust Me, his collaborative project with Oh No set to drop on August 10. (Clearly Alan The Chemist is as creative with his album titles as he is with his beats.)
Alchemist Feat. Action Bronson
After giving us an instrumental album, Israeli Salad, back in May, Alchemist is already back at it with the announcement of his new album Retarded Alligator Beats. To kick things off, the L.A.-based producer gets assistance from Action Bronson.
Earl Sweatshirt & Action Bronson
Action Bronson and Earl Sweatshirt both dropped new albums on Monday, although Bronson's release date was pushed up a day and Earl's was entirely mishandled by his label. Action Bronson has been bringing along Mr.
Play It Cool
Alchemist & Oh No Feat. Earl Sweatshirt & Samuel T. Herring
Next month Gangrene (AKA The Alchemist and Oh No) will be releasing Welcome To Los Santos, an album inspired by Grand Theft Auto V, and for their first track, they've given us quite the unexpected pairing. Delivering the hook is Samuel T. Herring, enigmatic frontman of the indie synth-pop group Future Islands (who's also quite the dancer), and none other than Earl Sweatshirt hops on for a late-game verse.
We haven't heard from Ab-Soul in months, but today, he leaked "47 Bars" to show fans he's still in the game. This is far from a mere throwaway, though. There are some genius rhymes sprinkled throughout, and Ab has something to say. The beat is a cosmic mind-melter from the always-reliable Alchemist.
Big League Chew
Earlier today, in the most recent episode of Action Bronson's "Fuck, That's Delicious" series, the Queens rapper linked up with his pal The Alchemist in L.A., offering a preview of a previously-unheard track in the process. Just minutes ago, Alc took to Twitter to share the full track. Entitled "Big League Chew," the song is a "Munchies exclusive," according to the famed producer.
Fashawn Feat. Evidence
Recent Mass Appeal signee Fashawn is gearing up for a joint project with one of the illest producers in the game, The Alchemist. Entitled FASH-ionably Late, the project will be an EP that'll see the light of day in 2015. Today, we get "Dreams," which also features rapping from Uncle Al's "Stepbrother," Evidence.
Action Bronson Feat. Danny Brown
Grand Theft Auto games generally feature a lot of new exclusive hip hop, at least more recently, and it seems that Grand Theft Auto V will be no exception. While we heard new work from Tyler, The Creator and ASAP Rocky last time around, today we're given a brand new collaboration between "1 Train" collaborators Action Bronson and Danny Brown.