Freddie Gibbs and The Alchemist teams up to cook an excellent Alfredo
Updated: Jun 30
Last year, Freddie Gibbs blessed us with an amazing hip-hop album alongside producer Madlib called Bandana, and now Freddie Kane is back with a new project with your pal, my pal, one of my favorite producers of all time, The Alchemist. Both artists teamed up together to release their project album called Alfredo. The album has been released under EMPIRE, ESGN, and ALC records on May 29th, 2020 and it features Rick Ross, Benny The Butcher, Conway The Machine, and Tyler the Creator. This is not the first time that Gibbs and Alchemist are working together on a project, their first one being Fetti with rapper Curren$y back in 2018.
The album starts with the song "1985" which has an intro of a skit with the late Bernie Mac. In this song, Freddie Gibbs raps his flow out to be recognized on a God level like Jay-Z or Michael Jordan in their prime. "God Is Perfect" has a dope instrumental alongside a perfect rapping from Freddie. Everything about his flow, his lyrics, and his wordplay were excellent, and with the good production from Alchemist, it made this song outstanding. The song finishes with a nice speech from the late Gil Scott-Heron. The next song is called "Scottie Beam" featuring Rick Ross, and this is another banger but a serious one. We have Freddie Gibbs on the first verse rapping about the injustice from the police towards black people, and the second verse we have Rick Ross rapping about drugs, jewelry and his late friend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi Bryant, hoping one day he will see them on the other side. The smooth production from Alchemist on this song is great, and the rapping skills and lyrical content from both rappers make you want to sit down and listen to each word they said. Then we have the song "Look At Me" followed by "Frank Lucas" featuring Benny The Butcher where the song is named after one of America's biggest drug dealers. The song has a dark vibe but in a good way, and Gibbs and Benny took their drug experience and their passion for rap to cook up a dope song with Alchemist as the chef.
Halfway through the album, we're at the song "Something to Rap About" featuring Tyler The Creator. This is a smoother instrumental where Freddie Gibbs raps about his old days dealing with drugs while Tyler raps about his rise to fame, his new wealth while being in a good state of mind, a good collaboration between the two rappers. Then we have the song "Baby $hit", and just like most of the songs in the album, Freddie goes hard with his flow while rapping a lot of good punchlines and wordplay. Freddie continues to show his impressive rapping skills alongside Conway The Machine on the song "Babies & Fools" where both artists rap about being there for people they love but they're also careless to the people that do not show them the necessary love. Gibbs continues to rap about his street status on the song "Skinny Suge" which he sometimes calls himself in comparison to the founder of Death Row Records with Dr. Dre, Suge Knight, who is the opposite of skinny. The album finishes with a final dope instrumental from The Alchemist on the song "All Glass".
What more can I say than what another good project from Freddie Gibbs with producer The Alchemist. When you got a talented rapper like Freddie Gibbs with a super dope producer like Alchemist on each song, you know an album like Alfredo wouldn't be a disappointment. There is so many stand out tracks on this album, I don't which one was my favorite but songs like "God Is Perfect" and "Scottie Beam" were the most enjoyable ones for me.
Song Instrumental: 5/5
Album Production: 5/5