Killer Mike – “The Boonies” (prod. by The Alchemist) Apr10

Killer Mike – “The Boonies” (prod. by The Alchemist)...

Killer Mike’s win streak continues with his ode to The Boondocks, the militantly bawdy cartoon about two young brothers living with their Granddad in a suburban neighborhood. Per Pitchfork The Boondocks Mixtape, which is out on April 16, features songs from Smoke DZA, Lil Herb, Chevy Woods, Problem, Roscoe Dash, Two 9, Skeme, and more. It’s hosted by DJ Drama, Don Cannon, and Trendsetter Sense. I still have my trepidations about Season 4 since the show’s creator and showrunner, Aaron McGruder, had no hand in this year’s cartoons. I’ll watch it regardless, but I will definitely be checking for McGruder’s next project, Black Jesus, with a greater sense of...

The Alchemist & Budgie feat. Action Bronson, A$ton Matthews, and J.Rocc – “With My Soul” Mar12

The Alchemist & Budgie feat. Action Bronson, A$ton Matthews, and J.Rocc – “With My Soul”...

I don’t know know much influence The Alchemist has on Budgie’s production methods, but this beat is a fucking banger. I haven’t heard horns that crisp and forthright on a rap song since “The Funeral” hit the massive. And Bronsolini gets first crack at this cacophony with this line: What if Allen Iverson was Chinese riding on a Harley? What the fuck is that? The microphone can barely handle the intricate bars of non sequitir verbal wordplay. A$ton Matthews continues to impress me as a gruff counter voice to Action’s rapid delivery. Budgie’s album is available at this link. I am inferring that the production is gospel-based. And it definitely works as source material....

ScHoolboy Q – “Break The Bank” (video) Feb21

ScHoolboy Q – “Break The Bank” (video)...

One of my favorite tracks from ScHoolboy Q’s Oxymoron LP (due on Feb 25) gets a video treatment from the venerable, hard-working Jason Goldwatch (he co-founded DECON?! I did not know that). Still produced by The Alchemist. (Karen...