Earl Sweatshirt x Alchemist: 45

Short but sweet is the M.O. on the latest from Earl and Alc, as they deliver 45. Earl sounds more alive than he has done for a while, which is definitely not something I am complaining about, and the sampling is as masterful as ever.

Earl Sweatshirt ft. Maxo: Whole World

This new Maxo-assisted single from Earl Sweatshirt was released a few days ago and in the process, it reignited calls for a full-length collaboration between him and Alchemist. They reconnect again on Whole World, reminding us of their natural chemistry, with Alc’s sparse bass-heavy production ridden perfectly by Earl’s staggered and meandering flows. Whole World is out now on all streaming and download platforms.

Two Orange Tecs, A White Camouflage Suit & Some Silver Boots

If you follow Lee Scott on Facebook, you might have noticed he’s recently started posting up some of his favourite classic rap albums and urging his younger fans to go and explore them if they’re not already familiar. Me and Lee have had a few little rap related chats of our own in the past and so I thought I’d use the current situation as an opportunity to pick his brains about his favourite rappers from back in the day, plus a few other little questions here and there. So via Twitter DMs, we delved into a whole bunch of original talent, including Redman, Likwit Crew, Company Flow and The Cenobites (the title of this piece is a reference to their track, How The Fuck You Get A Deal). To be honest we could have gone on a lot longer, so maybe we’ll try and squeeze another one out before normality returns. For now though, get stuck into this geeky conversation.

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Conway The Machine & The Alchemist: Calvin

Fresh visuals from the Conway and Alchemist project which was given life on Friday. Calvin is more of the tough street commentary that has brought Conway and his Griselda family so much praise over recent years, and combined with Alchemist’s moody production it stands as a solid release in both artists catalogues. The video for Calvin was made by Jason Goldwatch. LULU is out now.

Conway the Machine & The Alchemist ft. Schoolboy Q: Shoot Sideways

Conway and Alchemist have an album on the way, continuing Griselda’s year on year rise and perhaps serving up one of the year’s best in the process. Shoot Sideways is a good indicator of what’s coming, with Conway and Alc drafting in TDE favourite, Schoolboy Q, for a patois tinged hook. The album, LULU, is due for release this month, with pre-orders available now.

Boldy James: Ill Advised / Method To My Madness + EP Stream

Boldy James returns with a new EP, as he joins forces with his favoured producer, Alchemist, once again. Earlier this week the pair dropped off a double video from the EP and today we get to explore the full release. If you’re familiar with Boldy, then you know the MO – coke raps and street tales, with a laid-back delivery. Alchemist’s beats are on point and seem to land better than they did on the recent EP he released with Action Bronson. You can watch the video for Ill Advised and Method To My Madness above, and you can stream the EP below. Continue reading “Boldy James: Ill Advised / Method To My Madness + EP Stream”