Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist - Alfredo
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Based on 10 reviews
2020 Ratings: #23 / 819
Year End Rank: #24
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2020 Ratings: #16
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The Line of Best Fit
It’s an incredibly tight record packed with stellar performances, production and presence throughout. The blood, sweat and tears of hip-hop run through the album, but Gibbs has once again redefined what that means.
‘Alfredo’ excels on every front, a record that fuses a thirst for fresh innovation with a depth of love for hip-hop and rap music that is almost unparalleled. Pretty much an instant classic, it’s the sound of Freddie Gibbs finally bursting free, working with tour de force production to surge past expectations and claim his place at the absolute pinnacle.

Alfredo is a master class in rap — 35 minutes of cutthroat bars that feel like 15, leaving you hungry for another course. In a world where the basic function of waking up feels like a chore, Freddie Gibbs and Alchemist have served up a dish of quick comfort food packed with essential nutrients included.

Freddie Gibbs proves yet again why he is the one of the best rappers right now.
The gruff-voiced rapper and dusty-groove producer are a perfect match as they connect for a seamless ride to the heart of the gangster.
The Needle Drop

The Alchemist's versatile production soundtracks some of Gangsta Gibbs' best flows and performances yet on Alfredo.

Loud and Quiet

Alfredo is a record that captures an unparalleled talent thriving in his element.

Q Magazine

While Alfredo may not be as fully realised as last year's Madlib hook-up Bandana, the melodic flow of Alchemist's beats perfectly offsets his partner's raw, unfiltered delivery.

No Ripcord
The beats are an attraction in itself, but make no mistake: they wouldn't be as good if Gibbs weren't behind the mic spitting his poetic yet matter-of-fact observations.

Whether Alchemist transmutes glacial boom-bap and trawling acid nightmares or spiritual soft rock and tear-jerking soul, Gibbs makes it all work to his benefit.

Alfredo is a gift from heaven. A work that plunges you into a dark and foggy universe, while remaining irresistibly endearing and comfortable.

What more can we say about the monstrous Gibbs, one of the most brilliant lyricists and rappers of the last 10 years. Inexhaustible, he has this ability to get the best out of himself when you put him in confidence, with producers he loves and understands, as complementary as Siamese twins. The Alchemist is also one of the most remarkable hip hop ... read more
Legendary collaboration, the recipe for perfection for true gourmet-quality flavor, meticulously-prepared content raps for the true connoisseur. I don't even need to say much, the music speaks for itself; but you can really feel the effort and soul poured into this project, like a fine spaghetto prepared somewhere in the foothills of Italy by a sundried 90 year old woman, the kind so artisanal it takes a lifetime to perfect the art, you can feel the artists' passion for their craft.
This might be the best hip-hop project so far this year. Freddie Gibbs delivers great verses over excellent Alchemist production, and the features on here are pretty great too. I don’t know if it’s better than his projects with Madlib, but it’s definitely on that same level.

Fav Tracks: 1985, God Is Perfect, Scottie Beam, Look At Me, Frank Lucas, Something To Rap About, Baby $hit, Babies & Fools

Least Fav Tracks: All Glass
A couple great tracks, and a few songs that felt like Freddie riffing over a mediocre instrumental. overall, not a game-changer, but a good listen
Pray my demons never catch up from my old ways.

The only real problem with "Alfredo" is that anyone who already knows Gangsta Gibbs well won't learn anything new. The project is guilty of being nothing more than what it is, an excellent album of pure gangsta rap made on autopilot. Maybe that's also the major limit of the talented rapper...

But maybe the prowess of the album is also to succeed in being high-quality while being so classic and unsurprising. Gibbs only has his character ... read more
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Added on: May 27, 2020