Remember last week when I said group projects were getting played out? I’m going to exercise my Trump-given right by being a hypocrite here and say that The Alchemist has cooked up something sinister with this collaboration. Here is a refresher (or an introduction) if any of you forgot what this trio is capable of when locked in the studio. “Scottie Pippen” is a perfect rap song. Two elite 5* verses (Freddie Gibbs’ verse might be one of if not the best in his entire discography) over an all-time great instrumental produced by hall-of-fame level producer Alchemist. If this collab project sounds even half as good as this, hip-hop fans are in for a treat, just in time for it’s Halloween release date. Curren$y and Freddie Gibbs are both elite level wordsmiths, and The Alchemist has produced some of the most iconic instrumentals in hip-hop history. Even if their collaboration history didn’t have a storied history of excellence, there would literally be no reason to expect anything less than greatness here. With all of that said, it’s time to see what’s really REALLY good with this project.
- Quietly one of the most prolific independent artists of all time, has an extensive discography of projects over the last 10 years
- Very unique style and flow in terms of his delivery, very free-flowing and unpredictable punchlines, keeps listeners on their toes
- Good lyricist as well, influenced by past greats; old soul regarding his bar work and instrumental choices
- Best songs released before Fetti: “Address (feat. Stalley)“, “Airborne Aquarium,” “Double 07“, “Showroom,” “Hi Top Whites“
- Best projects released before Fetti: Pilot Talk Trilogy, Covert Coup (with Alchemist)
- One of my personal favorite rappers, a gangsta rapper through and through. Versatile when it comes to his instrumental selections as well, never fails to deliver the street shit no matter the production
- One of the best combinations of flow, delivery, and lyricism in modern hip-hop. Overall rap skill set is right up there with the Kendrick Lamar’s and J. Coles of the world, if not better in some regards
- Also a prolific independent artist with a very impressive solo discography
- Best Songs released before Fetti: “The Ghetto,” “Eastside Moonwalker,” “BFK,” “Uno,” “Forever & A Day“
- Best projects released before Fetti: Baby Face Killa, Piñata (with Madlib)
As always, refer here to a guide as to how I score albums and tracks for reference purposes.
- Location Remote: Album starts off with a dark and sinister production where Spitta and Gangsta Gibbs wax poetic on each of their verses. No hook, just bars and it feels so right. 5/5
- The Blow: Smoother and simpler beat this time, change of pace. Freddie gives us another well-delivered verse, Curren$y takes a similar approach. Raps are good from both. 4/5
- New Thangs: Extra smooth instrumental here, one of the best on the project. Curren$y and Gibbs both give us high quality once again. No hook, no issues. 4.5/5
- Saturday Night Special: Spacey instrumental, more of a trippy vibe. Fits Spitta to a T, Freddie gives us some very good quotables as well despite this not being his usual style. 4.5/5
- Now & Later Gators: Perfection. All around perfection. Even the Gangsta Gibbs R&B voice. No Curren$y here, but Gangsta Gibbs holds it down on the not so street tip here. 5/5
- No Window Tints: Yet another cinematic instrumental, this time it’s Curren$y’s turn to wax poetic on his own, which he does to full effect when he’s right in his element here. 4.5/5
- Willie Lloyd: Back to the dark and sinister, Gangsta Gibbs is home alone as he catches a flow that is so relentless that it may give mother nature a run for her money. Snapped. 5/5
- Tapatio: Smooth instrumental here that again fits more Spitta than Gibbs, but Gangsta Gibbs also waxes poetic about his come-up here. Good but not as high as the rest. 4/5
- Bundy & Sincere: Belly movie reference, Spitta & Gibbs both rap very well (no surprise) regarding luxuries over a smooth instrumental with many elements to it. Good closing track. 4/5
Wow. I mean I can’t say that I’m shocked but nonetheless I’m still blown away. What a fucking performance this was. This collaboration is precisely what most collab albums should be; short, sweet and to the point. There are no wasted moments on this album let alone wasted tracks, topping out at 24 minutes. My only issue with this project is that they didn’t keep on feeding us. I know, I’ve said the opposite for other artists, but those other artists just aren’t as good at their respective crafts. Both Spitta and Gibbs are in top form throughout, rapping over the highest grade of production that one can get. The intro track and both Freddie Gibbs solo tracks are of the highest quality of hip-hop that one will hear, regardless of era or trend. Even the songs that aren’t quite at the level of the rest of the tape are better than most of the shit that most artists put out on the regular. Again, I’m going back on my word by saying that collab projects are played out, but if my hot takes result in elite level rappers and producers joining forces and putting out fire like this, I’m happy to be a hypocrite.
Final Score: 92/100