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Stream The Alchemist Retarded Alligator Beats

California stoner-rap producer the Alchemist has released a mostly instrumental new album called Retarded Alligator Beats. Yes, it’s really called that. If the name doesn’t dissuade you from listening, it’s now streaming in full via Spotify. Over the course of 16 tracks, there’s a solitary guest on a single song — frequent Alchemist collaborator and… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 10, 2015 - 5:42 pm

Gangrene – “Hot Pillow” (Stereogum Premiere)

Producers/MCs the Alchemist and Oh No met back in 2010 and formed hip-hop psych project Gangrene. Since then, the duo has a slew of albums and EPs and brought together Earl Sweatshirt and Future Islands’ Samuel T. Herring for the latest Grand Theft Auto soundtrack. “Hot Pillow” is the bonus track off their upcoming album… More »

By: Misha Sesar / July 7, 2015 - 10:58 am

The Alchemist – “Voodoo” (Feat. Action Bronson)

Always-busy stoner-rap producer the Alchemist is about to release a new mostly-instrumental album called — swear to God — Retarded Alligator Beats. The album only features one guest, and that guest is Alc’s frequent collaborator Action Bronson. On the single “Voodoo,” Bronson attacks Alc’s tumbling breakbeats and oblique string-stabs, talking about stashing the acid i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 2, 2015 - 10:53 am

E-40 – “California” (Feat. Dam-Funk & Ariel Pink)

We’ve heard a couple of great songs already from the Alchemist and Oh No’s Welcome To Los Santos: “Play It Cool,” Gangrene’s collab with Earl Sweatshirt and Samuel T. Herring, and “Lock & Load,” Killer Mike and MNDR’s glitter-and-tar savagery. (We selected the latter as one of the week’s five best songs.) Now, the entire… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 13, 2015 - 4:54 pm

MNDR – “Lock & Load” (Feat. Killer Mike)

Nas’ Mass Appeal imprint is quietly assembling an army of a roster with artists who can simply spit their asses off. As the label is steadily expanding its portfolio, its introduction to the video-game world is yet another example of its firepower. Today, the label hits us with “Lock & Load,” the first single from… More »

By: Collin Robinson / April 2, 2015 - 11:55 am

Gangrene – “Play It Cool” (Feat. Samuel T. Herring & Earl Sweatshirt)

The 2013 video game Grand Theft Auto V featured new music from a whole range of musicians, including Alchemist and Oh No, the psychedelically-inclined underground rap duo who go by the name Gangrene. A new PC version of the game is about to come out, and it’ll feature new Gangrene tracks inspired by the video… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 6, 2015 - 10:41 am

Action Bronson – “Big League Chew”

Action Bronson has shared a new track called “Big League Chew,” which was featured on the latest episode of his web series Fuck That’s Delicious. It won’t appear on his forthcoming new album Mr. Wonderful. The track was produced by Alchemist, and Bronson raps over a soulful minimalist beat. The single artwork comes from one… More »

By: James Rettig / February 3, 2015 - 7:32 pm

Action Bronson & Danny Brown – “Bad News” (Prod. The Alchemist)

The newly re-released Grand Theft Auto V features a pile of new songs, and one of those songs is “Bad News,” in which singular rap bugout specialists (and former tourmates) Action Bronson and Danny Brown double-team a hectic Alchemist beat. These guys are, as ever, absolute characters, and it’s a blast to hear them bounce… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 2, 2014 - 10:23 am

Run The Jewels’ Meow The Jewels Campaign Enlists Geoff Barrow, Zola Jesus, Baauer, & Boots

One of Run The Jewels’ many joke deluxe editions for their upcoming sophomore album is Meow The Jewels, a recreation of the new record using nothing but cat sounds. The asking price for that edition is $40,000 and last month, someone began a Kickstarter to try and raise the money. (All the money raised will… More »

By: James Rettig / October 8, 2014 - 9:49 pm

Killer Mike & The Alchemist – “The Boonies”

Killer Mike has a great history with Williams Street, the production company behind Adult Swim. In fact if it wasn’t for them giving him the creative freedom to make an album any way he wanted then he never would have hooked up with BFF El-P and the world would be a much gloomier place. Now… More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 10, 2014 - 5:42 pm

Stream The Alchemist The Cutting Room Floor 3

The great rap producer the Alchemist has gone through a number of fascinating career phases in the past two decades: Teenage novelty, proven hitmaker, gutter-rap stalwart, and on to his current run as a tripped-out underground stoner-rap elder. In the past year, he’s released full-length collaborations with Mobb Deep’s Prodigy and Detroit prospect Boldy James. More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 26, 2013 - 9:41 am

The Alchemist x Action Bronson – “Diagnosis”

The clothing designer Dr. Romanelli, who repurposes vintage items into new things, has a new collection based on the Coca-Cola logo, and to promote it, he’s tapped the great bleary-eyed rap producer the Alchemist to make “Diagnosis,” an eight-minute rap innervision made partly from stitched-together Coke-commerical audio. Action Bronson shows up to strut through a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 24, 2013 - 3:09 pm

Prodigy – “YNT” (Feat. Domo Genesis) Video

A few years ago, the veteran Mobb Deep rapper Prodigy linked with the producer Alchemist to release Return Of The Mac, a deeply excellent album of wizened soul-sampling New York tough talk. Prodigy and Alchemist have once again linked for a new collaborative album called Albert Einstein, and on the prettily slow-rolling track “YNT,” they… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 4, 2013 - 2:47 pm

Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire – “Fat Fool” (Prod. By The Alchemist) Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire has been teasing his upcoming mixtape Kismet for a bit now. And while we’ve heard songs like “Noble Drew Ali” and seen his video “Nightfall At The Thames,” there was still no concrete information about if or when the full collection would actually come out. Finally, the project has an official release… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / May 23, 2013 - 3:09 pm

Download Action Bronson’s Rare Chandeliers Extended Version

If you’re a fan of Action Bronson and the Alchemist’s collab-mixtape Rare Chandeliers and wish it was just a tiny bit longer, you are in luck. Just a month after its release (and being crowned Mixtape Of The Week), the duo deliver four bonus tracks to their already-exquisite project. If you haven’t checked it out,… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / December 20, 2012 - 5:43 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Action Bronson Rare Chandeliers

Some weeks, I have to dig deep into the internet’s weirder recesses to find anything remotely worth writing about in this column. And some weeks, the deluge comes: A wave of mixtapes so good, and so varied, and so complicated that it almost doesn’t seem fair to pick one and then write about it. Thi… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 21, 2012 - 2:47 pm

Download Action Bronson Rare Chandeliers Mixtape

For my money, Queens rap glutton Action Bronson released 2012’s best mixtape months ago: Blue Chips, his team-up with Brooklyn producer Party Supplies. And now Bronson has followed that one up with Rare Chandeliers, another full-length collaboration with a great rap producer: the Alchemist, one of the most consistent sources of bangers over the past… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 15, 2012 - 12:50 pm

Action Bronson – “The Symbol” Video

Pretty soon, New York underground wolf Action Bronson, one of the greatest rappers currently working, will release Rare Chandeliers, a full-length team-up with producer the Alchemist. This is obviously awesome news. Director Rik Cordero’s video for first single “The Symbol” is a self-conscious homage to hyperviolent ’70s blaxploitation D-movies, and it stars Bronson as a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 22, 2012 - 2:03 pm

Download Domo Genesis & The Alchemist No Idols

For the first full-length Odd Future project since Channel Orange, Domo Genesis, the crew’s resident sleepy-eyed stoner, has teamed up with the Alchemist, the veteran rap producer who has become something of a psych-rap visionary in recent years. Over the last couple of years, Domo has vastly improved as a rapper, and Alchemist is quietly… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 2, 2012 - 8:52 am

The Alchemist – “Flight Confirmation” (Feat. Danny Brown & Schoolboy Q) Video (NSFW)

Russian Roulette, the new album from veteran rap producer Alchemist, is a long and freaked collage of raps and found-sound splurges and bits of old Soviet propaganda. So it only makes sense that the video for the single “Flight Confirmation,” which features on-fire verses from Danny Brown and Schoolboy Q, is a sensory assault i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 18, 2012 - 12:36 pm
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