ALBUMS OF THE WEEK: Alfredo by Freddie Gibbs and Alchemist and Lucki’s Almost There…And New MF Doom!


Clocking in at just over a half-hour, Freddie Gibbs and Alchemist don’t mess around or waste time delivering 10 songs about being a rap/crime lord.  Complete with samples from The Godfather and other, lesser mafia movies, a song named for Frank Lucas, and appearances by Benny the Butcher, Rick Ross, Conway the Machine, and Tyler the Creator, this album is all meat, no filler.

Two masters of the hip hop genre, at their best.

Also, Lucki dropped a new mixtape relatively recently. Lucki’s a solid rapper–he’s been around for a good length of time now, and he’s one of the few that is handling the transition from “pure” rap (i.e., just the emcee with no vocal effect) into the heavily modulated world of rap that has exploded over the past half decade.  It helps that he started his career just when the wave was getting strong, in 2013, but he also has a strong lyrical game that makes him rise above the rest.

Lastly, Wilma Archer’s new album of experimental hip hop and groove is a solid record, and it’s got DOOM on it. So it’s a must-listen for me. Throw in Sudan Archives, and you’ve got a recommendation from me.

Check it out!

Runner Ups: Chuck Prophet’s albums are always dependable rock and roll releases, and his new one was no exception.

Zilla, Curly Castro, and the rest of the Wrecking Crew are back. Yay!

Sports Team’s newest is pretty darn good. Fun listen, each song is carefully crafted and different from the one before.

Wire’s outtakes collection 10:20 is damn good.

Also liked Small Forward’s new album.

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