Freddie Gibbs and The Alchemist
Alfredo


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ricky Medina USER (6 Reviews)
January 22nd, 2021 | 46 replies


Release Date: 05/29/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Like a slow burn pasta sauce.

Believe it or not, a Freddie Gibbs and The Alchemist collaboration was first mentioned a whole decade prior to the release of Alfredo. A taste of what a joint effort from these two artists would sound like was first teased on “Scottie Pippens” with Freddie hinting the title with his line: ”Reporting live from The Devil's Palace / Breakfast, had two titties, two blunts and a turkey bacon sandwich”. While, what was tentatively titled ‘The Devil’s Palace’ never came to fruition, much has happened in each respective artist’s careers in between this time. Alchemist has tirelessly added more material to his prolific discography. Meanwhile, rather than coasting on the sound established on Cold Day In Hell, we saw Freddie Gibbs take an adventurous risk by making Piñata with the highly acclaimed Madlib, a project which saw a follow-up release. Although the last decade saw more features from Freddie on future releases from Alc, fan’s hopes of a full record from these two was teased once more with the release of Fetti with Curren$y.

Littered with piano riffs and jazzy samples, Alfredo sounds elegant and classy, yet dark and ominous at the same time. All featured rappers provide solid verses with Benny The Butcher and Tyler, The Creator being notable features. Instrumentally, “Frank Lucas” is a track that pairs the ferocity of Freddie and Benny’s delivery with a sinister backdrop. Gibbs spits vicious flows over the soulful and airy beats on “Look At Me” and “Baby $hit”. On “Skinny Suge”, we also see a rare and introspective Gibbs as he weighs the negative outcomes of his grimy street tales over a strange and mesmerizing, looped guitar sample. Though at times eclectic, The Alchemist’s production takes a more stripped back approach, giving more emphasis on the vocal delivery.

With a slower tempo throughout much of the record, the production takes a backseat on some occasions, “Something To Rap About” in particular holds this to a fault as both Freddie and Tyler provide great bars over a slow and unremarkable beat. “Babies & Fools” being another less memorable cut with the beat being far too laidback, bordering on boring. Thankfully, the album avoids the common flaw of overly long hip-hop records by keeping the track-listing short. With just 10 tracks, Alfredo minimizes it’s pitfalls and packs a tight package. This is yet another solid addition to both artist’s discographies and shows optimism in Freddie Gibbs’ blooming rap career as he shows no signs of being complacent or stopping anytime soon. Not as immediate as previous Alchemist productions, Alfredo is like a slow burn pasta sauce.



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ieatbabies795
January 22nd 2021


821 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Review number four



I sat on this review for a while, criticism always appreciated

ieatbabies795
January 22nd 2021


821 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cougar pussy, I fuck a rich nigga wife

ieatbabies795
January 22nd 2021


821 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Doja Cat let me hit from the byke, byke!

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
January 23rd 2021


20785 Comments


fuck rap bitch im poppin of a poppy seed

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unclereich
January 23rd 2021


9711 Comments


alchemist put me to sleep

ieatbabies795
January 23rd 2021


821 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn that rhymed with Hyperion’s line reich

PopsicleBob
January 23rd 2021


109 Comments


he's wrong tho

BlitzPhoenix98
January 23rd 2021


202 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

What a disappointment... pretty much Freddie Gibbs on autopilot. Boring production. Every song sounds almost exactly the same. Neither he or The Alchemist were able to save this incompetent mess.

unclereich
January 23rd 2021


9711 Comments


par for the course lad

Lord(e)Po)))ts
January 23rd 2021


67112 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The most average emcee pairs up with the most average producer for the most average results

Lord(e)Po)))ts
January 23rd 2021


67112 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

At least it doesn't feel like a waste of good beats like his madlib collabs

normaloctagon
January 23rd 2021


6304 Comments


and here i was thinking i'm the only person alive that doesn't love freddie gibbs

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ieatbabies795
January 23rd 2021


821 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

‘At least it doesn't feel like a waste of good beats like his madlib collabs’



wut

unclereich
January 23rd 2021


9711 Comments


piñata 😴

Lord(e)Po)))ts
January 23rd 2021


67112 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"wut"



I said at least it doesn't feel like a waste of good beats like his madlib collabs

MillionDead
January 23rd 2021


3850 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You mfs that can't get into Freddie Gibbs are sad. Don't like him all you want but stop calling him average. He only sounds like himself.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
January 23rd 2021


67112 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

average

PopsicleBob
January 24th 2021


109 Comments


weirdo nerds

Lord(e)Po)))ts
January 24th 2021


67112 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

mid ass geri-rapper for newheads

PopsicleBob
January 24th 2021


109 Comments


fuck you, you can like freddie gibbs and scarface



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