Armand Hammer & The Alchemist - HARAM
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Based on 6 reviews
2021 Ratings: #17 / 189
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Based on 459 ratings
2021 Ratings: #11
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When two separate entities come together at the height of their creative powers to craft an entire album together, and absolutely nail it, it’s beautiful to behold.
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Haram is a tremendous success, largely due to the powerful lyrics by its antiheroes. It is built to make you uncomfortable, from its harsh cover art to its incendiary lyrics.


It’s not a guaranteed easy ride the whole time, and may struggle to convert your casual Radio 1xtra listener, but for lovers of confrontationally experimental music, it ticks the boxes with unnerving aplomb.

The Needle Drop

The Alchemist helps Armand Hammer make their most surreal album yet.


On their collaboration with the Alchemist, ELUCID and billy woods drag postcolonial wounds onto the examination table. They don't just embrace the darkness; they wear it as a protective cloak.


The best tracks on 'Haram' come together with crooked production that twitches with sharp samples and cuts, and AH’s billy woods and Elucid filling the space with pointed flows.

A legendary pair of hip-hop’s greatest visionaries, Billy Woods and Elucid have spent the last decade molding a platform for themselves built upon meticulous repartee and rhyme-labyrinths, of sorts, that will leave you entangled in confusion as you attempt to decipher what two near-poets have just said. Both artists having incredibly extensive and prolific solo catalogs under their belts, it only makes sense that they would gel so well when put in the same room. It almost feels as if ... read more
8.7 - Amazing

As a vegetarian, yeah this album cover kinda making me uncomfy.

There is a lot of new music coming out this week. And when I mean a lot, I mean a LOT. There is new Xiu Xiu, Death From Above 1979, AJR, and even more. However, out of all of it, HARAM was the album I was looking forward to the most. I listened to BRASS about a month ago, and was really impressed by billy woods’ talent on the mic, along with its eerie atmosphere, and even though I had never listened to an ... read more
With the right amount of grit and an interesting soundscape Armand Hammer and The Alchemist create one of the best Hip-Hop records of 2021 so far with their collaborative effort 'HARAM', a record that sees Billy Woods and E L U C I D do their thing over production that feels incredibly unique to them, especially given the psychedelic nature of some of these intricate instrumentals handled by The Alchemist.

The Alchemist has always had a good sense of space and he's great at making beats that ... read more
pov: you attend a mayhem concert
The latest collaborative effort between underground experimental hip hop voices billy woods and Elucid, now with the production talents of The Alchemist, may be the duos best work together and even contends with the best work of their solo career. The abstract style that holds steady across their discography as both soloists and within Armand Hammer doesn't fade for a moment on their latest work HARAM, but The Alchemist leaves a whole new imprint on the obscure beats and samples by weaving them ... read more
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Track List

  1. Sir Benni Miles
  2. Roaches Don't Fly
  3. Black Sunlight (feat. KAYANA)
  4. Indian Summer
  5. Aubergine (feat. Fielded)
  6. God's Feet
  7. Peppertree
  8. Scaffolds
  9. Falling Out The Sky (feat. Earl Sweatshirt)
  10. Wishing Bad (feat. Curly Castro & Amani)
  11. Chicharrones (feat. Quelle Chris)
  12. Squeegee
  13. Robert Moses
  14. Stonefruit
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Added on: February 24, 2021