Step Brothers: Burnt Tree

Last week, Evidence announced the imminent arrival of new music from Step Brothers – the creative alliance he formed with long-term friend and collaborator, Alchemist. Today saw the release of their new single, which arrives five years after the success of their Lord Steppington LP. Burnt Tree continues in the same spirit as their earlier material, with the duo trading bars over some drum-heavy, soul tinged production from Alchemist. The only real difference is in Alc’s flow, as it sounds slightly more in your face than on previous records, which is definitely not a bad thing. As it stands this is a standalone single, with a limited edition 12″ vinyl version available via Tuff Kong Records. The video was made by The Digggers.

Schoolboy Q x The Alchemist: W.Y.G.D.T.N.S.

Yesterday, Alchemist blessed us with the latest release from his Craft Singles series and this time he has teamed up with TDE’s Schoolboy Q for W.Y.G.D.T.N.S. (When you gonna drop that new shit?). This collaboration follows on from Alc’s production credit on Q’s recent CrasH Talk album, which has only increased my hunger for a full-length project from the pair.

Anderson .Paak ft. Smokey Robinson: Make It Better

Beautiful throwback soul vibes in the latest video from Anderson Paak, as he readies us for his new album. Make It Better also features legendary vocalist, Smokey Robinson, with production from Alchemist, Paak and Fred Wreck. The track is taken from the imminent new album, Ventura, which is out on 12 April.

The Alchemist: Bread EP (Stream)

Excellent new release from The Alchemist, as he drafts in a whole wealth of talent on his latest project. The Bread EP features Earl Sweatshirt – the video for which was released last week – alongside appearances from Conway, Westside Gunn, Black Thought and Roc Marciano. Considering the whole thing only weighs in at four tracks – plus four instrumentals – Alc has managed to cram in a hell of a lot of dope. It also features some of the most glorious cover art of 2018. You can stream the Bread EP below, as well as on all the other usual platforms. Continue reading “The Alchemist: Bread EP (Stream)”

The Alchemist ft. Earl Sweatshirt: E Coli

The Alchemist has a new EP dropping in the next couple of days, featuring a few rap luminaries, including the recently rejuvenated, Earl Sweatshirt. Yesterday saw the release of their collaboration, accompanied by a slightly strange video from Jason Goldwatch, involving a sex scene between two Power Ranger types. The full EP, Bread, is available to pre-order now.

Evidence ft. Slug: Powder Cocaine

Evidence has released the next video from his extremely well received Weather or Not album and it’s by far the most visually arresting one yet. It’s for the Alchemist produced, Powder Cocaine and features fellow Rhymesayers legend, Slug.
And for anyone thinking this is some sort of ode to cocaine, Evidence recently said he was about the only person in LA who’s never tried the drug and that he chose the name as a metaphor for something finely textured. Weather or Not is out now on the usual platforms and in the interest of self-promotion, you can read my recent interview with the man himself over on Grown Up Rap.

Step Brothers: Lay Some Treats On Us

The mighty Step Brothers album, from Alchemist and Evidence, turned four years old yesterday and so to celebrate, the good people at Rhymesayers unearthed a never before heard track from the duo. Lay Some Treats On Us was recorded at the same time as the LP, but never made the original cut. Now you can hear the Alchemist produced track in all its glory and you can even download yourself a copy from all the usual spots.