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Boldy James and The Alchemist - “Carruth”
Boldy James’ raps are bleak; the 36-year-old has been through enough trauma for multiple lifetimes. “My friends came and went, but most of them was murder victims,” he says emotionlessly on “Carruth,” the intro to his new album, The Price of Tea in China. Like the entirety of the project, “Carruth” is produced by The Alchemist, who has made a career of teaming up with underappreciated talents like Boldy. The Beverly Hills-born beatmaker lays the Detroit emcee’s words over a slow burning instrumental; the chilling piano and woozy vocal sample sounds ripped from the soundtrack of a tragic love story. The production elevates Boldy’s concrete-hard delivery, which can sometimes sound monotonous, to elegy. Boldy James and The Alchemist are the perfect pairing, and together they make hip-hop devoid of all hope.
Originally Appeared on Pitchfork