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VOIR DIRE

Earl Sweatshirt & The Alchemist

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Collaborative album Voir Dire pairs The Alchemist's soul-sampling, mellow roasted production with Earl Sweatshirt's lucid dreaming flows, an unlikely but surprisingly complementary match. Earl's 2018 album Some Rap Songs changed certain sectors of hip hop forever with its fragmented production and fever dream rhymes, pioneering a sound that didn't quite fit into lofi circles but was more alien than almost any other album that made it to the top 20 of that year's Billboard charts. His work since has been just as experimental if not more, so it's almost a shock to hear him on Alchemist's relatively tame beats like "Mac Deuce" or the synthy R&B loop of "Heat Check." If anything, Voir Dire proves that Earl can shine in any context, bringing an inventive, circuitous diagram of rhymes to Alchemist's deep-groove riffs on "Vin Skully" and transforming the straightforward gospel pianos and bumpy drums of "Mancala" (one of two tracks on the project featuring Vince Staples) into something puzzlingly cerebral. MIKE brings out even more of Earl's cryptographic rap tendencies when they duet with head-spinning bars on "Sentry." Voir Dire pushes the bounds of both Alchemist's old school warmth and Earl's heady verses, landing someplace new that neither would have gotten to on their own.

© Fred Thomas /TiVo

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1
100 High Street Explicit
00:01:34

Joe LaPorta, Masterer - The Alchemist, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Writer, MainArtist - Philippe Weiss, Mixer - Earl Sweatshirt, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 2023 Tan Cressida, Inc./ALC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2023 Tan Cressida, Inc./ALC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

2
Vin Skully Explicit
00:01:53

Joe LaPorta, Masterer - The Alchemist, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Writer, MainArtist - Philippe Weiss, Mixer - Ralph Graham, Writer - Earl Sweatshirt, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 2023 Tan Cressida, Inc./ALC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2023 Tan Cressida, Inc./ALC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

3
Sentry (feat. MIKE) Explicit
00:02:16

Joe LaPorta, Masterer - The Alchemist, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Writer, MainArtist - Mike, Writer, FeaturedArtist - Philippe Weiss, Mixer - Earl Sweatshirt, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 2023 Tan Cressida, Inc./ALC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2023 Tan Cressida, Inc./ALC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

4
Heat Check Explicit
00:02:29

Joe LaPorta, Masterer - The Alchemist, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Writer, MainArtist - Philippe Weiss, Mixer - Earl Sweatshirt, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Ernest Kelley, Writer - Michael Jemison, Writer

© 2023 Tan Cressida, Inc./ALC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2023 Tan Cressida, Inc./ALC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

5
Mancala (feat. Vince Staples) Explicit
00:02:41

Joe LaPorta, Masterer - The Alchemist, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Writer, MainArtist - Philippe Weiss, Mixer - Isaiah Jones, Jr., Writer - Earl Sweatshirt, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Vince Staples, Writer, FeaturedArtist

© 2023 Tan Cressida, Inc./ALC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2023 Tan Cressida, Inc./ALC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

6
27 Braids
00:02:05

Joe LaPorta, Masterer - The Alchemist, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Writer, MainArtist - Philippe Weiss, Mixer - Earl Sweatshirt, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 2023 Tan Cressida, Inc./ALC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2023 Tan Cressida, Inc./ALC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

7
Mac Deuce Explicit
00:02:08

Joe LaPorta, Masterer - The Alchemist, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Writer, MainArtist - Philippe Weiss, Mixer - Earl Sweatshirt, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Sally Townes, Writer

© 2023 Tan Cressida, Inc./ALC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2023 Tan Cressida, Inc./ALC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

8
Sirius Blac Explicit
00:02:08

Joe LaPorta, Masterer - The Alchemist, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Writer, MainArtist - Philippe Weiss, Mixer - Earl Sweatshirt, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 2023 Tan Cressida, Inc./ALC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2023 Tan Cressida, Inc./ALC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

9
Dead Zone Explicit
00:03:07

Joe LaPorta, Masterer - The Alchemist, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Writer, MainArtist - Philippe Weiss, Mixer - Earl Sweatshirt, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 2023 Tan Cressida, Inc./ALC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2023 Tan Cressida, Inc./ALC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

10
The Caliphate (feat. Vince Staples)
00:03:50

Joe LaPorta, Masterer - The Alchemist, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Writer, MainArtist - Philippe Weiss, Mixer - Earl Sweatshirt, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Vince Staples, Writer, FeaturedArtist

© 2023 Tan Cressida, Inc./ALC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2023 Tan Cressida, Inc./ALC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

11
Free the Ruler
00:02:26

Joe LaPorta, Masterer - The Alchemist, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Writer, MainArtist - Philippe Weiss, Mixer - Peter Jacobs, Writer - Earl Sweatshirt, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 2023 Tan Cressida, Inc./ALC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2023 Tan Cressida, Inc./ALC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

Album review

Collaborative album Voir Dire pairs The Alchemist's soul-sampling, mellow roasted production with Earl Sweatshirt's lucid dreaming flows, an unlikely but surprisingly complementary match. Earl's 2018 album Some Rap Songs changed certain sectors of hip hop forever with its fragmented production and fever dream rhymes, pioneering a sound that didn't quite fit into lofi circles but was more alien than almost any other album that made it to the top 20 of that year's Billboard charts. His work since has been just as experimental if not more, so it's almost a shock to hear him on Alchemist's relatively tame beats like "Mac Deuce" or the synthy R&B loop of "Heat Check." If anything, Voir Dire proves that Earl can shine in any context, bringing an inventive, circuitous diagram of rhymes to Alchemist's deep-groove riffs on "Vin Skully" and transforming the straightforward gospel pianos and bumpy drums of "Mancala" (one of two tracks on the project featuring Vince Staples) into something puzzlingly cerebral. MIKE brings out even more of Earl's cryptographic rap tendencies when they duet with head-spinning bars on "Sentry." Voir Dire pushes the bounds of both Alchemist's old school warmth and Earl's heady verses, landing someplace new that neither would have gotten to on their own.

© Fred Thomas /TiVo

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