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 game’s original score. They’ll also collect all these new tracks on a new album called The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos. The album features a ton of guests: Tunde Adebimpe, Little Dragon, Phantogram, Killer Mike, Freddie Gibbs. The first single is “Play It Cool,” a broken and stumbling backpack-rap rattler that has Alchemist and Oh No rapping alongside an on-fire Earl Sweatshirt. It also has a scraggly, growling hook from Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring. Herring doesn’t rap on the song, even though he totally could’ve. Still, it’s awesome to see that guy enter the rap-feature roundtable. Listen to the track below.
The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos is out 4/21 on Mass Appeal. The PC version of Grand Theft Auto V is out 4/14.