In honor of The Alchemist’s third full-length album, Russian Roulette, which is out today on Decon, we’re premiering “Kalishnikov Guns” featuring Guilty Simpson.
THE ALCHEMIST FEAT. GUILTY SIMPSON “KALASHNIKOV GUNS”
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Being an OG of rappity rap and beatmaking, ALC has created a sonic blueprint for songs that have some playful reference to guns. With “Kalishnikov Guns” kicking things off, we delve into his archives to rediscover some bangers.
Guns are usually associated with heinous acts of violence. In hip-hop however, notable firearm incidents are sadly known to pop off (not excluding someone very close to The Alchemist and featured in this post). Despite the cases where art imitates life, the appropriation of guns with rap is generally used as a metaphor. Rappers routinely adopt these names so they are viewed as weapons of mass destruction; sometimes it’s a way way for them to compare their demeanor to the power of these high velocity weapons, akin to the impact of their delivery and flow. Besides the MCs, even DJs do it: Kay Slay has Streetsweepers Radio. Some names are more literal than others, and calling out the more subtle names would be breaking the G-Code. Lock and load.
THE ALCHEMIST FEAT. LLOYD BANKS “BANGERS”
THE ALCHEMIST FEAT. B-REAL “BANG OUT”
CURREN$Y (PROD. BY THE ALCHEMIST) “FULL METAL”
PRODIGY (PROD. BY THE THE ALCHEMIST) “MAC 10 HANDLE”
PRODIGY (PROD. BY THE ALCHEMIST) “BANG ON EM”
PRODIGY (PROD. BY THE ALCHEMIST) “NICKEL AND A NAIL”
PRODIGY (PROD. BY THE ALCHEMIST) “RAINING GUNS AND SHANKS”
CAPONE-N-NOREAGA FEAT. FOXY BROWN “BANG BANG” (PROD. BY THE ALCHEMIST)
Get yourself a copy of Russian Roulette on CD and digital, and you get to enjoy a collage like this in the exclusive insert of artwork created by The Alchemist.