The Alchemist Russian Roulette
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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
August 7th 2012


10382 Comments


Thanks guys! :]

Sobhi, I could tell that you hate The Alchemist, but I'm just wanting to know why! It sounds like you won't ever like anything he does based on his history, and maybe it says something that I hopped into this album without any prior knowledge and love it. ;]

Digging: Thou - Heathen

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 7th 2012


4956 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I just think his beats are complete ripoffs from late 90s boom bap. Nothing he does is new or exciting, just the same old boom clap boom boom boom clap every effing track with a sample here or there.

If you like this you will probably like Gangrene

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
August 7th 2012


10382 Comments


Well, I don't know a lot about his previous outings but I can definitely tell you that this album's more complex production-wise than it sounds like his other stuff is. You should at least check out one of the tracks I posted and see if it's at all your thing, man.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 7th 2012


4956 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

ok just listened, this is incredibly average

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
August 7th 2012


10382 Comments


Fair enough, dude! Beats a 1 anyday ;P

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 7th 2012


4956 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

it's on a 2-2.5 level for me

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
August 8th 2012


10382 Comments


..So do you have a reason for disliking this other than who made it, Sobhi? :P

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 8th 2012


4956 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

yep, the beats are repetitive, boring, do nothing to push the genre forward, and honestly any producer could be pooping out this drivel.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
August 8th 2012


10382 Comments


There we go. Well, I gotta say it sounds like it'd be much lower than a 2.5 for you!

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 8th 2012


4956 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

yeah you're right

JViney
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2012


322 Comments


Really enjoyed this on first spin. I'm not a hip-hop kinda person by nature, but I definitely want to give it another go. Good review as well. Pos.

AggravatedYeti
August 9th 2012


7685 Comments


he is easily the worst "popular" underground producer today.


Just Blaze? Lex Luger?

and to say any producer could make this drivel is like you're inferring a shit ton of other producers are.

I mean I am sure it shouldn't be too hard to draw an influence line from The Alchemist to a handful of more contemporary artist/producers but tbh I'm finding it difficult to name a few off hand.

Generally when an Alchemist beat kicks it, you know who made it almost instantaneously, I'm not sure I follow Sobhi this guy has done quite a bit to push the genre forward over the years.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 9th 2012


4956 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

going to completely disagree with you. i've listened to a ton of hip-hop all over the map, underground and popular. this sample heavy style is really boring and does nothing for the genre. if you're going to listen to beats like this you might as well listen to any classic record from the 90s.

AggravatedYeti
August 9th 2012


7685 Comments


not disagreeing with you that he has not changed much over the years.

but you could argue the guy helped cultivate the sound in question, especially with Dilated Peoples so, it makes sense that he sounds like this.

also, really sample heavy music did nothing for the genre?

alachlahol
August 9th 2012


7515 Comments


i havent consciously listened to anything by this guy since 1st infantry came out in 04

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 9th 2012


4956 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

of course it did, about 15-20 years ago.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2012


31620 Comments


Generally when an Alchemist beat kicks it, you know who made it almost instantaneously,


Don't all his beats start off with that "a-a-a-a-a-a-alchemist" sample though? :p

Digging: Theo Parrish - American Intelligence

LifeAsAChipmunk
August 11th 2012


4854 Comments


I'm not feeling this one.

daIceman
August 11th 2012


412 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"he is easily the worst "popular" underground producer today"

I simply can't agree with this statement sobhi? why so much hate

daIceman
August 11th 2012


412 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

for example "Chemical Warfare" is great album for underground heads...
I've been bumping this song for a very long time in my mp3 player
CHECK IT (beat is awesome I think)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOTTeWrhis0




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