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Russian Roulette by The Alchemist
Released: Jul 2012
Label: Decon
At 30 tracks, Russian Roulette looks like an Alchemist beat tape, except it's not. The best way to describe it is beatless, as the L.A. producer weaves orchestral tracks and spoken voices into a strangely inviting tapestry. It's not clear what Al's up to, but there are some great instrumental loops to latch onto, like "Learned By Listening" and "Live from Dynamo Stadium 2." Meanwhile, his street-rapping guests offer no clarity, and their grumpy threats seem out of place amid the stoned abstractions. However, Guilty Simpson, Roc Marciano and Danny Brown deliver nice verses.
Mosi Reeves
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