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Album Review: Alfredo by Freddie Gibbs and The Alchemist

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Freddie Gibbs is an American rapper from Gary, Indiana. The producer on this album, The Alchemist, is also known for being a DJ and rapper. He has worked with several different rappers, such as Nas and Eminem. This isn't their first collaborative album since they collaborated with Curren$y on Fetti. Alfredo marks their second collaborative project together.

The first track from the album is 1985 and opens up with a recording from Bernie Mac, who passed away back in 2008. You have a beat with an electronic guitar playing in the background through the entire track. There are several references throughout this track talking about Michael Jordan and the drug use by his teammates, Joe Exotic, and even police brutality.

God Is Perfect is drawn back in production, mostly with just a piano and drumbeat in the background. Freddie Gibbs flow is insane on this beat, especially since it is constantly changing on the verses. His flow on the chorus is so catchy, and then when he gets to the verses, he is able to change it up each time. For the last minute of the track, the beat cuts out and you have an outro from Gil Scott-Heron.

Scottie Beam is another piano focused track that features Rick Ross. The name of the track probably references Scottie Beam, or her real name, Deanni Scott. She is an American media personality as well as a model. For Freddie's opening verse, he says, "Yeah, the revolution is the genocide. Look, your execution will be televised." That could be a reference to what is happening today and the protests over police brutality.

After that, we come to Look At Me. On this track, Freddie Gibbs seems to be showing off what he has and wants people to see how successful he is. He talks about the different cars he has owned or currently owns, as well as designer clothing. He also makes a reference to the track Protect Ya Neck by Wu-Tang Clan in the first chorus of the track.

Frank Lucas is a reference to the drug trafficker that normally operated in the Harlem area during the 1960s and 1970s. He actually just passed away back in May in 2019. Freddie Gibbs mostly talks about his relationship with drugs as well as selling them. He mentions the times he had to talk with law enforcement and how he would rather stay silent.

One of the longest and favorite tracks off the album is Something to Rap About. It also features one of my favorite artists right now, Tyler, the Creator. I have to say, it's one of my favorite features I've heard from him for a while. I was a bit surprised that he was featured on this track, but I'm not complaining. The beat is something you would probably hear from a lo-fi hip hop beats channel, but they utilize the beat so well. Freddie references Crime Pays, a track from his 2019 album, Bandana. He also mentions his time spent in jail for a crime he didn't commit. When Tyler's verse comes, the beat is pitched up a little bit. Tyler makes some references to different designer brands as well as a previous album of his, Goblin.

Baby $hit is another track where Freddie talks about several of his accomplishments and wealth he has acquired. Again, just like Look At Me, he talks about different cars as well as designer clothing. On the chorus of the track, he tells critics and people threatening him that they don't mean anything to him and that they are just jealous of his success.

Next, we have Babies & Fools. The track seems to feature an older track during the chorus repeating, "all of me." The first half of the track features Freddie Gibbs, with Conway the Machine taking on the second half of the track. Freddie seems to make a lot of sports references in his verses, as well as his life when he was selling drugs on the streets. Conway the Machine seems to portray a similar message, as well as being there for his family and friends when they need him.

Skinny Suge is the next track and seems to be a nickname for Freddie Gibbs since that is currently his name on Twitter. It could also be a reference to a past famous producer, Suge Knight. This track takes on a darker approach since he mentions how he fears that someone is going to murder him. He also mentions that his uncle died from an overdose and he feels like he is at fault from it. You can see that he struggles from it based on the bars from the middle of the verse.

The last track from the album is All Glass. It's short for the album, just clocking in over two and a half minutes. Freddie Gibbs does some more name drops on this track, he also mentions Kanye West and his Sunday Service at the beginning of the second verse. At the very end of the track, there is a sample from Breaking Bad, as well as mentioning Walter White.

Overall Rating: 7/10
Favorite Tracks: God Is Perfect, Something to Rap About, Babies & Fools

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