Though The Alchemist was born in California, he has created the formula for making an East Coast sound all his own that continues to set the bar for New York artists and producers.
When I imagine The Alchemist at work in the lab, I think of days that all run together until days on a calendar are forgotten, long days that turn into late night studio sessions behind the equipment in an effort to perfect and tweak, much like a mad scientist, until the perfect alchemy is manifested. I picture ashtrays filled with the motivation and pre-reqs of an artist.
With the season of the five to seven song release upon us, some that leave much to be desired more than others, the renowned producer amalgamates the consummate beat for each lyricist and displays just how to see a job through to completion in four tracks with the most fitting emcees. It’s quality over quantity on Bread.
The materialization of Earl Sweatshirt who withdrew from creating new music for the masses for much of the last few years beyond November’s release of ‘Some Rap Songs’ that followed the singles Nowhere2go and The Mint, brings the best collaboration on the EP. Between the soulful sound and Earl’s lethargic verses, the only lyricist who could take this project to its cusp would have been Prodigy of Mobb Deep.
Beyond Earl, Roc Marciano, Black Thought, and Conway make an equally superb contribution. Released with the four track EP was what appears to be a self-filmed short film that plots in slow motion on the backdrop of the tracks serving as the soundtrack.
A glimpse into the studio of the scientist and the legends who step foot in it, the camera strikes on the unsuspecting emcees and their reactions. Mac Miller outros the last scene as it fades to black.