The Alchemist Announces New Album, ‘Rapper’s Best Friend 2,’ Accompanying Contest

    Barely a month removed from his second tripped-out LP with Oh No as Gangrene, Vodka and Ayahuasca, perennially prolific rap producer the Alchemist is gearing up to release an instrumental album under his own name. Entitled Rapper’s Best Friend 2, the album will be a slab of the grimy, sample-happy beats Alc has been crafting for everyone from Mobb Deep to Nas for nearly two decades. It’s out March 6 via Decon.

    As a special incentive for budding MCs, Decon and HipHopDX are offering a contest in conjunction with the album. Participants need only download “Whole Lotta Thug” here, write a song with the beat as its base, create a correlating video, then upload it all as a reply to Alc’s YouTube video and provide contact information to Decon‘s Facebook page. Sometime after that, Alc himself will pick one winner, who will then get his very own Alc-produced single released on Decon.