Styles P-The Diamond Life Project (Mixtape)

Someone you can generally count on for a solid project, The Ghost comes through with a brand new 11-track boasting a raft of features and producers to make any hip-hop fan salivate.

Amongst others, beatmakers on this one include Lex Luger, Ted Smooth and The Alchemist, whilst the backup in terms of MCs comes from Pusha T, Bun B, Curren$y, Jadakiss and more. He’s even enlisted Raheem DeVaughn for a hook, a track I’m sure will prove to be one of the standouts. Kindly delivered for free, you can grab yours below.

Styles P-The Diamond Life Project

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Domo Genesis and The Alchemist-No Idols

Having released a feature-heavy track from this project a few weeks back, the whole thing drops unannounced for our listening pleasure.

This is likely to be a real breakthrough project for Domo, as whilst his rapping skills are commended by many, his weed raps and heavy OFWGKTA association always put up a slight barrier to wider acclaim. Working with Alchemist and the slew of hip-hop heavies on this tape will undoubtedly do wonders for his image in the rap scene, and I’m hopeful his raps are up to scratch to complement what are likely to be consistently-excellent Alchemist beats. 11 tracks make up this one, giving Domo plenty of opportunity to put out some strong music, and you can download this for free below.

Domo Genesis and The Alchemist-No Idols

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Domo Genesis and The Alchemist-Elimination Chamber ft. Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples and Action Bronson

Two of Odd Future’s best MCs hook up with Bronson and Staples over an Alchemist beat, and the result is a solid track from Domo and Alchemist’s upcoming No Idols EP that’ll make it onto many hip-hop heads’ playlists.

Alchemist serves up a very stripped back beat, relying on minimal percussion, bass plucks that sound fresh out of the 1920′s, and a consistent, high-pitched melody that has an almost horror-esque influence. Each rapper certainly gives a good account of themselves, with Domo adding some energy to his ‘high raps’, Earl oozing quality with his laidback delivery, Vince making a good impression with what’s probably his biggest feature, and Bronson closing the track out with another brash, punchy verse. Four straight verses, no frills hip-hop.

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Hodgy Beats-Untitled EP

An unexpected but welcome surprise, as Odd Future’s Hodgy Beats released a free EP a couple of days back. It’s nicely timed with the Odd Future Tape Vol. 2 being released soon, and as one of the better rappers from the clan, should make for a solid listen.

Much like their recent video, Hodgy also seems to be benefitting from higher budgets as he enlists a couple of strong producers to help him out on this EP, with The Alchemist being the most notable of the bunch. No features are included as far as I can see, and hence this is a great opportunity for Hodgy to really cement his reputation as a solo artist. Free grab of the 9-track EP is available below.

Hodgy Beats-Untitled EP

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Mobb Deep-Waterboarding (Prod. Alchemist)

Being the Mobb Deep stan I am, readers will understand the enormity of this song when I claim it’s the closet thing I’ve heard to that 90′s Mobb since… well… the 90′s. Unbelievably left off their recently released Black Cocaine EP, Waterboarding combines that classic eerie cocktail of Alchemist behind the boards and P spitting that harrowing fire which once upon a time made him top 3 in the game (What up Indi). The piercing, sporadic piano keys, low-lying baseline supplemented by jazzy horns replicates that gutter sound all Mobb fans are clamouring for on their upcoming full length LP. This is that QB shit.

Mobb Deep-Waterboarding (Prod. Alchemist) 

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Curren$y and Alchemist-Covert Coup EP

Should be a very solid listen. The Alchemist consistently serves up great beats, and being on the boards for the entire project commands attention. Curren$y certainly can get it done on the mic when he’s on form, and hopefully he’ll be on song for this EP.

I’ve caught two of the tracks from this to date (Full Metal and the Freddie Gibbs collab), both of which were very enjoyable listens with strong productions and a little more diversity from Curren$y on his raps. Hence, I’ve got high hopes for this (free) EP and would certainly recommend grabbing this below.

Curren$y and Alchemist-Covert Coup

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Mobb Deep and Nas-Dog Sh*t

DAMN. Prodigy’s wasted no time in getting back on that ‘murda muzik’ tip with his Mobb Deep cohort Havoc, and here they’ve combined with The Alchemist and the almighty Nas for a throwback slice of hip-hop that will undoubtedly satisfy the real heads over here.

Al serves up a haunting production comprised of creeping keys, intense synths and a quiet yet threatening production, all combining to set up the dark, gritty sort of backdrop that suits Mobb so well. The raps are fitting from the duo, with sombre deliveries highlighted that soft, quiet threat of the production, and Nas comes through with a short but enjoyable verse of his own. The hip-hop heads know not to question a line-up of this calibre, and it certainly delivers the kind of hip-hop I’ve not heard in quite some time.

Mobb Deep-Dog Shit ft. Nas

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Reks-Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme [Album Review]

“Reks’ third offering in the shape of Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme delivers to the underground fan with a range of subject matter, on-point rhymes, lyrical dexterity and Reks’ best selection of beats to date.”

The artist:

Born Corey Isaiah Christie in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Reks dropped out of college to pursue his dream in hip-hop. After taking the Boston underground scene by storm, Reks landed a deal with Landspeed Records who delivered his now decade-old debut Along Came The Chosen in 2001. The success which followed gave touring opportunities alongside respected emcees including Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Redman, De La Soul and his idol KRS-One. Reks’ second effort Grey Hairs (2008) is frequently cited as a classic amongst underground heads spearheaded by the impeccable Say Goodnight with legendary producer DJ Premier.

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Prodigy Home After 3 Years In Prison

Mobb Deep’s Prodigy is finally home after a 3 year sentence for fire-arms possession. Here is the first footage from P, straight after leaving the pen.

Worth checking Havoc and long-time collaborator Alchemist’s Twitters for updates. Check out the pictures of P already back in the studio! Clicky.

Welcome home Prodigy.

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Reks-Why Cry ft. Styles P

Latest release from Reks’ upcoming LP Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme dropping March 8th.

Reks tears apart a screechy Alchemist beat, whilst The Ghost’s vocals are always welcome in dragging a joint deep down into the gutter. Certainly a head-nodder this one, but was always going to have to go some to top the lead single.

Go take a listen to the album before you buy over at Amazon. Absolutely mouthwatering.

Reks-Why Cry ft. Styles P

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Kool G Rap-Offer You Can’t Refuse EP Download

Well this certainly is an offer you can’t refuse. Seemingly out of nowhere, the G.O.A.T drops us a free EP download.

I haven’t listened to this yet, don’t ask why because I don’t know myself, but I’m assuming that although it won’t be multi-syllabic insanity of 80′s/90′s G Rap, it will be a gutter collection of tracks. As far as production and features go, track 3 should be a standout joint with Mobb Deep’s Havoc on vocals and Alchemist on the boards.

Get your hands on this here.

Oh, and anyone want to contest his Greatest Of All Time status? Let’s go.

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Reks-Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme Preview

As a big fan of the Lawrence, Massachusetts emcee needless to say I’ve been hankering after this since it was first announced. We’ve already heard the opening track, 25th Hour, with Premo lacing a delicious piano-loop for Reks to spit his trademark razor-sharp, conscious lyricism.

For those as eager as me, you can now preview the album track by track over at Amazon. With production from Premo, Pete Rock, Nottz, Statik, Alchemist, Sha Money XL and Hi-Tek the album is, and sounds, simply irresistible.

Make sure you go out and support real hip-hop on March 8th.

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Reks-25th Hour (Produced DJ Premier) Video

And with this video Reks cements his DJ Premier-produced cut as the lead single to his upcoming R.E.K.S (Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme) album due to drop March 8th!

Producers include Premier himself, Pete Rock, Hi Tek, Alchemist, Nottz, Sha Money XL, Sean C & LV, Fizzy Womack and the ever-present Statik Selektah.

Oh, and this is ill as shit. Audio over at iTunes.


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7L and Esoteric, Alchemist and Evidence-Drawbar 1-2 (+Album Info)

Great stuff. A line-up to get those hip-hop heads drooling, this track brings together some of the finest to great effect. The production is pretty decent, with a carnival-esque melody providing a slightly creepy, slightly jovial backdrop that allows the rappers to take the track and move it nicely into the lyrical directions.

Grab the track below, and click on further to see the tracklist for the upcoming 7LES album 1212 (check it out, some of the features are great). Album artwork is the picture included in this post.

7L & Esoteric-Drawbar 1-2 ft. Evidence and Alchemist

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7L & Esoteric - No Shots

If you like hip-hop, you really should be familiar with the underground duo of producer 7L and Army Of The Pharaohs’ MC, Esoteric.

First leak from their album 1212 which drops October 12th. Here Esoteric spits some rhymes on his thoughts of the current industry over 7L’s Rihanna-sampling instrumentals.

1212 boasts features from the likes of Ill Bill, Alchemist, Evidence, Inspectah Deck, Sadat X, Vinnie Paz, Celph Titled, Statik Selektah and OTU favourite Reef The Lost Cauze.

7L & Esoteric – No Shots

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Quick Blast(s): Rakaa (of Dilated Peoples)

Rakaa from Dilated Peoples is dropping his debut solo LP titled Crown Of Thorns on July 20th.

It will be interesting to see how well he holds his own on a full length LP without the rest of his DP counterparts. On the evidence (see what I did there!?) of these two drops though, I have a feeling he will be just fine.

On these two we have production from frequent Mobb Deep collaborators Alchemist and Sid Roams so that is a straight up win for me on that front. Vocally, Rakaa enlists Evidence, Defari and Fashawn. Again, win. Two very different tracks. Two very different outcomes. Looking forward to this.

Rakaa (feat Evidence, Defari & Fashawn) – Aces High

Rakaa (feat Aloe Blacc) – Crown Of Thorns

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CNN - Pain Video & Album News

The momentum for Capone-N-Noreaga’s The War Report 2 is really starting to pick up speed.

After leaking three tracks from the album already (available after the click), here are the visuals for the latest track Pain.

Overseen by the Wu’s Raekwon, The War Report 2 will be released on July 13th and features appearances from Raekwon himself, Nas, Busta Rhymes and The LOX.

For those who can’t wait until July 13th, their Camouflage Season mixtape can be downloaded for free here.

After the click is the artwork, tracklist and a few goodies from the album! I’m so kind to you aren’t I?
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Eminem, Royce Da 5’9″ and Mr. Porter Freestyle

Some much anticipated audio from their recent appearance on Tim Westwood. 9 minutes from 3 of Detroit’s finest, and all a beat supplied by the excellent Alchemist. Doesn’t get too much better for the hip-hop heads, so be sure to grab that audio below.

Eminem-Tim Westwood Freestyle ft. Royce Da 5’9″ and Mr. Porter

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Raekwon + Mobb Deep + Alchemist = OMG

I thought collaborations like this didn’t exist anymore!

Apologies for skimping a little bit on the AZ post, but I had to get this out to the Heads out there ASAP.

Alchemist drops a terrifying backdrop for Havoc, Raekwon and always-appreciated Prodigy verses. Similar kinda chorus to Method Man’s All I Need from back in ’94 so you can imagine the track before you’ve even clicked the glorious, hip-hop-reviving red text below.

No idea where it’s from and quite frankly I don’t care. Just keep ‘em coming!

Raekwon (feat Mobb Deep) – Road To Riches

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Mick Boogie Presents: Tabi Bonney-A Place Called Stardom

If it’s Mick Boogie approved, it’s probably gonna be good. Boasting features and/or production from the likes of GZA, Wale, The Alchemist and more, Tabi could end up being one of those guys who sneaks up out of nowhere and catches hip-hop by surprise.

Not really sure why I feel that way, as I’ve barely heard any material from him, but the strength of the co-signs, the sudden nature of his emergence and a gut feeling lead me to believe that this guy could have some mileage.

Tabi Bonney-A Place Called Stardom

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Just Blaze vs The Alchemist: Show In London

Missed their show in London (which the pic to your left is from) last night?

Never fear, they’re playing again on Tuesday. Only 30 tickets left so make sure you grab one by clicking here. In addition, there will also be 20 tickets available for cash only @ Wyld Pitch Record shop, 51 Lexington St, Soho, London W1F.

Now onto the music: these two producers have made some of the best beats in Hip Hop over the last decade. Don’t believe me? Well, here’s two excellent mixes for you (the 1st one in particular will be played in my car for the next month!) that not only showcase their best work but will also give you an idea of what the show will be like. Click the red links below. Seriously do, you’d be a fool not to.

Chris P Cuts – Just Blaze vs Alchemist mix (< — right click and then click save as)

DJ Philly – Alchemist Beat Tape Vol.1

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Unreleased Mobb Deep, Produced By Alchemist

Everything sounds good about this one. Unreleased music is always a good thing. Unreleased music from the legendary Mobb Deep is an even better thing. Any music over on Alchemist beat is just being spoilt. Hip-hop fans, you know what to do.

Mobb Deep-Whole Lotta Thug

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Surgical Gloves Video

Raekwon drops some visuals for one of my favourite tracks from OB4CL2. This track (and this one) also leads me to believe that The Alchemist is quickly becoming one of the best producers in hip-hop.

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