Step Brothers Evidence & Alchemist Reunite To Salute Biz Markie & Fat Albert (Audio)
Paying homage to Biz Markie and “Fat Albert” at once, the Evidence/Alchemist Step Brothers duo makes a welcomed return with “Lay Some Treats On Us,” a new single that’s tricky in the best possible way.
Biz Markie’s 1989 sophomore album The Biz Never Sleeps contains a track called “Mudd Foot.” In the record, the Juice Crew MC/producer/DJ expressed love for the kindly recluse character from Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids, “Mudd Foot.” TV characters remain a heavy inspiration to B-I-Z, and this deep cut (not currently available on any streaming platforms) is no exception.
Setting the scene on the Biz Markie track, there’s a sample of “Fat Albert” seeking out some candy one Halloween, saying “Hey Mudd Foot, you know what we’re here for, lay some treats on us!“. Three decades later, Step Brothers Evidence and Alchemist have come through with those goodies.
Multi-threats Alchemist and Evidence are having fun in their take, spiraling off with references to other artists and art in general. This is apt considering their collab’ came about after a movie track placement (the Alchemist-produced Dilated Peoples’ song “Live On Stage” appeared in the 2008 smash comedy Step Brothers movie starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly).
Alchemist and Evidence say their relationship is more fraternal than anything else, so the movie’s concept struck a chord, as Ev’ says, “We grew up together, so it’s kinda like we’re brothers. It’s more than a friend thing.” The relationship dates back decades to when they were teens; Evidence recalls how “we used to ditch school and go lay raps on beats.”
There’s no doubt that Los Angeles MC, Evidence is making light of it here. Riffing on the nature of his lyrical greatness, pushing it as far as possible with the most extravagant analogies, while urging us to “step up.” The beat, meanwhile, ushers in the best musical excess. Whirring strings, dramatic horns and all manner of sound-effects playing out in the background, including a weird/funny gremlin monster figure providing commentary.
Weather Or Not is the final installment in Evidence’s “Weatherman” series that plays around with the metaphor of weather. This is a theme that runs through his work, both solo and with Dilated Peoples (see 2000’s: “Guaranteed”).
Featuring a packed production roster (DJ Premier, Nottz, Alchemist, DJ Babu and more) it also ropes in friends and colleagues, including Rapsody, Styles P, Rakaa, Defari, and Mach Hommy to keep it diverse.