RELEASE DATE: 13th FEBRUARY 2012
Famed producer and prodigy of Mobb Deep, The Alchemist and west-coast rapper/beatsmith Oh No continue their grimy collaboration as Gangrene with their new album, ‘Vodka & Ayahuasca’ out on Decon, this year.
‘Vodka & Ayahuasca’ is the follow-up to gritty opus ‘Gutter Water’ and their 2011 EP collaboration with Roc Marciano (who will be releasing his own album through Decon in 2012). With both Al and Oh making beats and holding down the mic, their new record weaves a psychedelic, head-nodding, substance-laden tale.
The album rocks choice features, including Kool G Rap on the mid-tempo masterpiece ‘Gladiator Music’, Prodigy on the quintessential ‘Dump Truck’, and long time allies Evidence and Roc C spitting over blunted boast, ‘Dark Shades’. In addition, New York’s own Roc Marciano blasts off on the suggestive ‘Drink Up’. The top notch collaborations blend right in to the album from beginning to end and add another dimension to an already lyric ridden record.
While Ayahuasca (pronounced aya-hwaska) — a natural trip-inducing brew containing DMT — may not be a term on the tongues of your every day hip hop head, that’s soon to change. The Alchemist and Oh No are the gatekeepers for this psychedelic gutter-rap experience.
Of these underground kingpins, The Alchemist has put down the deepest roots. He made his name making beats for the likes of Mobb Deep, Nas and Lil Wayne, and as Eminem’s tour DJ, he appeared on the BBC’s Jonathan Ross show. Oh No has released solo albums on Stones Throw, worked with the likes of Ghostface Killah and Redman, and is known as the biggest computer games fan in the rap world.
A European tour in support of ‘Vodka & Ayahuasca’ is scheduled for early 2012, dates TBC.