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The Alchemist – “Flying High” EP Review

Flying High – EP

The Alchemist

  • Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap
  • Date: 30 Jun, 2023
  • Content: explicit
  • Track(s): 8
  • ℗ 2023 ALC
The Alchemist - &Quot;Flying High&Quot; Ep Review, Yours Truly, Reviews, November 28, 2023
Los Angeles, Ca &Ndash; 31 Oct: Rapper The Alchemist Performs Onstage During The Mac Miller: A Celebration Of Life Benefit Concert On 31 Oct 2018 In Los Angeles, California. (Photo By Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

The Alchemist is renowned for his exceptional musical prowess, consistently delivering tracks that are nothing short of pure brilliance. As a producer, he boasts an unparalleled catalogue that has cemented his status as one of the most influential studio figures in expanding the language of hip-hop alongside the likes of Madlib. Fans hold him in high regard, and his latest release, ‘Flying High,’ is a testament to his undeniable talent. The track sees him bring together four exceptional MCs, forming a team of rap’s finest left-field artists that can only be likened to the Avengers. The Alchemist’s ability to seamlessly blend their unique styles and deliver a mesmerizing and unforgettable sound is a testament to his genius. Overall, ‘Flying High’ is a masterpiece that will leave a lasting impression on anyone who listens.

Album Art

The Alchemist - &Quot;Flying High&Quot; Ep Review, Yours Truly, Reviews, November 28, 2023

The artwork for the album is a masterpiece of intricate design, expertly conveying a sense of lavishness, dominance, and self-gratification in a single image. The serene beauty of the hills, sun, and rocks is contrasted by the inclusion of opulent beaches, luxurious yachts, and extravagant private jets in the opposite direction. The towering depiction of a smiling woman with her arms outstretched towards the soaring aircraft perfectly complements the theme of “Flying High.”

Tracks And Features

The first part of the eight-track album features collaborations with Earl Sweatshirt, billy woods, T.F., Boldy James, MIKE, Sideshow, Larry June, and Jay Worthy. The following section includes instrumental versions of those same tracks.

The Opening track ‘RIP Tracy’ is a true masterpiece where two gifted rappers, Earl Sweatshirt and Billy Woods, have come together to create something unique. The way they collaborated and shared the same beat is a testament to their exceptional talent and creativity. Rather than comparing them, it’s essential to appreciate their invaluable contribution to the music industry over the past decade. The beat is mesmerizing and captivating, with its psychedelic and dreamy vibe. It’s a perfect example of how music can transport you to a different world. It’s not just the lyrics and the flow of the rappers that make this track stand out, but also the way the beat complements their performance. Overall, ‘RIP Tracy’ is a remarkable piece of music that deserves all the praise it has received.

The musical composition “Trouble Man” showcases a distinct shift towards a more reflective and paranoid tone. The talented artists T.F. and Boldy James collaborate seamlessly to bring this masterpiece to life. Their unique styles interweave perfectly, resulting in a raw and eloquent piece of music that truly captures the essence of their artistic vision.

The collaborative track ‘Bless’ by MIKE and Sideshow is a beautiful piece of art showcasing both artists’ unique talents. The beat draws inspiration from the Miami sound of the 1980s and incorporates elements of jazz piano seamlessly to create a captivating melody that will keep you hooked. MIKE and Sideshow deliver impressive performances highlighting their ongoing commitment to their craft. Overall, ‘Bless’ is a masterful creation that is bound to leave listeners bopping even when the track ends.

One of the most memorable tracks from the album is undoubtedly ‘Midnight Oil’. With the presence of Larry June and Jay Worthy, this song creates a captivating and mysterious atmosphere reminiscent of a dimly lit room filled with shisha smoke. The skilled wordplay showcased on this track is nothing short of impressive, and it shines through the darkness like a beacon of light. Overall, ‘Midnight Oil’ is a unique project’s fitting and unforgettable conclusion.

Tracklist

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1RIP Tracy (feat. Earl Sweatshirt & billy woods)3:38
2Trouble Man (feat. T.F & Boldy James)3:10
3Bless (feat. MIKE & Sideshow)2:59
4Midnight Oil (feat. Larry June & Jay Worthy)3:39
5RIP Tracy3:38
6Trouble Man3:10
7Bless2:59
8Midnight Oil3:39

Album Summary

The Alchemist’s “Flying High,” a masterful EP, delivers an exceptional listening experience with its four parallel instrumentals. Although there had been rumours circulating before its release that ‘Flying High’ was a full-length album, the brevity of the offering does not detract from its immense creativity. The collection’s four tracks delight the senses, showcasing an impressive lineup of talent. The only disappointment is that listeners are left wanting more from this remarkable work.

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