This is a very different sounding album that is not going to be for everyone out there. If you are familiar with Roc Marciano, you know how his style is. He is smooth with the rhymes and never runs out of words and phrases to rhyme together. He does his thing on the mic and it is definitely not like anyone else. He has a unique style. He gets some verses from Action Bronson, Boldy James, and more. Alchemist does a good job at complementing Roc Marci’s unique style with very different-sounding beats. These are definitely not your standard Alchemist beats. Again, this album won’t be for everyone, but definitely give it a listen and you may find something you like.
Currensy teams up with the Alchemist for another venture into sound. This album definitely has more of a laid back and experimental vibe. Alchemist definitely has some different type sounding beats on here. You won’t hear anything like the Griselda sound or anything similar to that. This one is simplified and laid back. Currensy spits rhymes that are about what you would expect on here. He has some slick, rich lines all throughout which is what we appreciate from him. All in all, this is a decent record. Fans will appreciate it. I would have liked to hear more of a hyped up record, but we will take what we are given.
This one definitely plays through more like a mixtape. It is more of a collection of raps over some Alchemist beats. You won’t really get songs by the classic definition. Cappadonna does his unique thing on the mic though in his classic style. He definitely is dropping jewels for the community. The beats are pretty dope and it keeps moving pretty quickly as the tracks are short. This is a good and quick listen for any fans of Cappadonna.
Currensy and Alchemist team up again for a new project and to be honest, this is not one of their better ones. On the mic, Currensy seems a little lazy. You will get features from Prodigy, Fiend, Smoke DZA, and Freddie Gibbs. The beats are really nothing too special at all. You aren’t going to hear any mind-blowing production on this album. It almost sounds like it wasn’t fully mastered either. It sounds a little quieter as far as the recording goes. The best song is “Full Metal” as this one actually has a pretty dope beat. Probably a good way to salvage the end of the album. This almost sounds like some throwaway songs that didn’t make the cut for another album. It’s not terrible, it’s just that it isn’t quite up to the standard we are used to.
This project from Freddie Gibbs and Alchemist was pretty boring overall. I wanted to like it. I wanted to believe that Freddie Gibbs would have some bars. He’s just boring. There really aren’t any lines that I can recite back after listening to this. It just goes on and on and a lot of times, I was just wanting it to be over. With Alchemist on the beats, I thought that maybe he would salvage the album, but his work wasn’t quite up to par either. Hopefully these were some of his throwaway tracks that he just had lying around. Yeah, overall, this was a pretty boring release. I’d skip over this one.
Conway the Machine teams up with super producer Alchemist to give us a quick EP. This is a really dope release, however I don’t think it quite measures up to Conway’s previous releases. There are only 7 tracks on here, which in this case is probably sufficient. For whatever reason, this just didn’t turn out as monumental as it should have. Conway absolutely bodies the microphone as he always does. He also chooses to try different flows on songs like “Calvin.” I’m not 100% convinced that it worked. It’s different, it nothing else. Alchemist does a satisfactory job on the beats. The highlight of the whole project is the Schoolboy Q assisted “Shoot Sideways.” The best way to describe this song is it sounds like Jaws is creeping up to you. It’s the perfect explanation for how dope the beat is. Even though I thought this project would have been better, it’s still dope on some level. We’re definitely still waiting for another Conway project.
This was a super quick showcase of some of the mixes from Roc Marciano and Alchemist’s work together. Roc Marciano is always fire on the mic and that is definitely evident here. Alchemist crafted some rather dope mixes of the songs they had made together. Although it is only 6 tracks and some of the tracks are rather short, it’s a good look at what this dup can do when they link up together. Definitely worth a listen!
Action Bronson teams up with the legendary producer The Alchemist to provide us with a new EP. When it comes to Action Bronson, I always find myself wanting more and more and that is what happened with this project. It is just not long enough and you want to hear more of what Action Bronson can do. He is fantastically and comically sharp throughout the project. His rhymes are always sprinkled with gourmet food, old car, and drug references. He always knows exactly what he is doing and rarely disappoints an audience. Alchemist does a decent job on the beats. It did seem like there was an effort to tailor his beats just to Action Bronson’s style. “Just The Way It Is” is the best song on here with it’s perfect neck snapping bop and Bronson’s expert level flow. All in all, this was a dope project. I just wish it was longer. It also makes me curious how another Action Bronson and Party Supplies mixtape would sound.
Alchemist drops off a quick and dope project with this one. Think about what it would be like listening to dope rap tracks on a yacht out in the Mediterranean and that is what you get with this project. With Alchemist on the boards, you already know the production side of things is going to be dope. He keeps the theme by incorporating sampled audio and speech regarding boats. It really does help to set the scene for the album. Then he goes and collects some of the dopest rappers out there today like Westside Gunn, Conway, Benny, Meyhem Lauren, Action Bronson, and more to spit fire features all over it. Sure, the songs are quick, but they are dope. It was a little annoying that the songs were short, but at the same time, it was still something you could vibe to. Anyone looking to party on a yacht and catch a vibe, this is your soundtrack. Cop this quick!
You wouldn’t think you could cram a lot of heat into an EP with only 4 songs but if anyone is going to do it, it’s going to be The Alchemist. The super producer gives us a very brief but very dope offering here with this one. He has some great MCs on here. Conway shines the brightest overall. His bars are surgical on the 2 songs he is on. Roc Marciano gives a better than average verse as well. The production is dope. You get that mystical, deeper, more highly produced vibe that only The Alchemist can give. I only wish that this would have been a longer release instead of just 4 tracks with their instrumental counterparts. Dope project though.
With a differing array of artists combined for this project, it probably should have turned out better than it did. It’s not to say it was bad, just not as good as it could have been. Alchemist does a pretty decent job at creating the soundscape to this project. A lot of the beats are more subtle and laid back, but there is a bit of precision that you can sense when you listen to them. Most times I prefer beats that are a bit harder, but in cases like this, I think the more laid back approach was necessary. Currensy delivers some decent rhymes. You get what you expect from him which is his signature Southern drawl and slower flow. Freddie Gibbs was the weakest link on this project. He reminded me of a tire spinning in the mud on here. He is just all about spitting out rhymes, but after you hear his verses, you are left clueless as to what he is even trying to get at. I guess I applaud his enthusiasm though. At least he thinks he is great. This project was a bit on the weaker side all around. Maybe the combination just didn’t work here.
The super producer Alchemist drops off a fire EP that is small in size, but big in sound. He’s got some good guest features on here from Westside Gunn, Conway, Benny, Styles P, Action Bronson, and Roc Marciano. Every artist bodies the mic, period. They do what they do best. There is no question there. The beats are dope as well. Alchemist provides eerie, but dope samples to some consistent drums. The outcome is real good. Other than being a very short project, you will not be disappointed with this one.
This album was fantastic. I will go as far as to say that this album is as close to classic Mobb Deep records since maybe say, Murda Muzik. Alchemist lays flawless beats as backdrops for Havoc’s New York rhymes. Havoc is not the best lyricist ever but the sound and flow seem to trump the complexity of the lyrics. His voice flows perfectly over Alchemist beats. The production is really the standout piece to this project. The songs that Alchemist has created are just so creative often having one element to it that really sticks out and stays with you. The beats are very gritty and very unique. Another very obvious pro to this project is the consistency. There aren’t really any tracks that don’t fit in with this project. This is a fantastic piece of music that you can play straight through and enjoy. It definitely leaves the listener wanting more.
This is a good offer by an decent artist. The vibe that I get off of this album is that this is what the soundtrack to the game Clue would sound like. The Alchemist consistently delivers mysterious backdrops that almost make it sound like a Hardy Boys mystery. Currensy follows up on top of it with his normal drunk-sounding flow. On one hand, there are times where I wish he would speed it up, but then it wouldn’t make him Currensy. He does have a way of steadily keeping the flow going on this journey though. The standout track on this album is “Fat Albert” which features Lil Wayne. The beat is absolutely superb for both MCs to shine in the best way they can. I think this is definitely a strong offering and a good brick on the house that Currensy built.