Alchemist Drops An EP Featuring Black Thought & The Griselda Team. Listen Here.
While Alchemist tends to be prolific year in and year out, 2018 has been especially fruitful for one of Hip-Hop’s most respected sound creators. He dropped the instrumentals for his highly sought-after Paris x LA x Bruxelles project on vinyl at the top of the year, followed by the short but sweet Lunch Meat EP in April, then 7” releases from Roc Marciano and Wiz Khalifa in the summer, and the Fetti album with Curren$y and Freddie Gibbs on Halloween. And just earlier this month he unleashed a monstrous 12” with “Fork In The Pot” on the A-side and “94 Ghost Sh*t” on the B. Both songs feature Griselda word-slingers Westside Gunn and Conway The Machine, while the A-side also has a verse from TDE’s ScHoolboy Q.
In addition to all of this workload, Al has laced important cuts on important releases by Evidence, Gunn, plus joints for Big Twins, Benny The Butcher, and Marci’.
With all of this catalog, nobody would have faulted Al for leaving it at that for the year. But no, he decided to toss another EP out for the fans eat up, Bread. As with many of his offerings in the last 365, his Buffalo soldiers Westside Gunn and Conway are front and center. The “Blicky Brothers” light the wick with “Ray Mysterio,” a slow creeping joint with a spooky female vocal loop.
Next, ALC laces Roc Marciano and Black Thought with a horn-driven banger for their second amazing collab of the year, “Roman Candles.” The mix of Roc’s sophisticated pimping and Thought’s precise poetics is devastating to the ear. The slowed-down soul singing that closes this cut is trippy enough to make sober listeners question if they caught some secondhand marijuana smoke.
Showcasing his affinity for Griselda, Alan kicks it back to Conway for the two-part “Mac 10 Wounds.” The song gets its title from the only thing Con’ says he’s willing to share. Although he does graciously spit two verses full of cleverly-worded threats and brags for Heads.
Uncle Al sews up this extended player with a solo from frequent collaborator Earl Sweatshirt, “E Coli.” The Odd Future MC gets a Soul-injected sound-bed to get loose on and while he sounds nonchalant, he kicks some heavy bars. The song is part of a return for Earl, who also dropped today, care of Some Rap Songs.