Boldy James & Real Bad Man – “Thousand Pills” (Feat. Stove God Cooks)
You didn’t think Boldy James’ absurd run this year was over, did you? Thus far in 2020, the hard-boiled and raspy-voiced Detroit rapper has released three excellent albums, and each of them is a full-length collaboration with a single producer. The Price Of Tea In China, made with old friend the Alchemist, is the grizzled and broken odyssey that found James new levels of acclaim. The decade-in-the-making Manger On McNichols, with Detroit original Sterling Toles, is a meditative, psychedelic opus. And The Versace Tape, with rising producer and former Vine comedian Jay Versace, is a low-key burner. Now, we find out that there’s one more Boldy James album left to go.
On Instagram yesterday, Boldy James announced a December release date for Real Bad Boldy, a new project made in collaboration with the unknown-to-me Real Bad Man, a team of clothing designers who also make beats. Earlier this year, Real Bad Man released two volumes of the compilation series On High Alert, and they featured appearances from rappers like Boldy, Roc Marciano, Pink Siifu, Posdnous, Kool Keith, and Inspectah Deck. It seems like they’re comfortable working in Boldy’s artistic environment.
Today, Boldy has released the new single “Thousand Pills,” and it features the rising Syracuse rap hardass and Busta Rhymes protege Stove God Cooks, who had recently worked with Boldy peers like Westside Gunn and Roc Marciano and who seems to have dropped the dollar sign from his name. Together, the two of them wrap vivid threats around a smooth, glimmering boom-bap beat. It’s exactly the kind of Boldy James track you want in your life. Stove God goes crazy on this. Listen below.
Real Bad Boldy is out 12/11.