Almost effortlessly cruisin' down the same nautical, boatshoed lane as Yacht Rock pioneers like Christopher Cross, Steely Dan, Beach Boys, and Hall & Oates, The Alchemist quietly released one long 12-minute track [EP] appropriately dubbed "YACHT ROCK (Side A-B)" late Wednesday afternoon. It's pretty much the perfect soundtrack for throwing back a few boat-side brews, which might've been partially inspired by The Alchemist's fruitful shades/readers partnership with 9FIVE Eyewear; Hypebeast eloquently describes the glasses as "9FIVE Watson frames [with] a custom black and grey pattern added to the outer portions with red leather wrapped around the temple tips. The sunglasses variant receives polarized black lenses, while the reader model features clear CR-39 lenses."
Now, while that all sounds pretty TIGHT, $150's a little steep for 2 pairs of glasses, a fancy striped box, and a RARE 7-inch record... So, The Alchemist has liberated both "Side A" and "Side B" to The Internet(s) for your listening pleasure! He even managed to wrangle up some of his closest sailing rapper friends to come in and lay down a few buttery smooth verses, fully fleshing out "YACHT ROCK:" Action Bronson, Roc Marciano, and Oh No backed by Big Twins, Chuck Inglish, and Blu. The Alchemist has produced Boom-Bap tracks for everyone from Ghostface Killah to Eminem and has seen a career re-surgence of sorts in recent years. Note-worthy 2011-12-spawned releases just might include Covert Coup, No Idols, Gangrene, and a solo album - Russian Roulette. He's currently working on additional joint albums with Durag Dynasty, Freddie Gibbs, Action Bronson, Boldy James, and Evidence, which should be expected in phases over late 2012-13.