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Freddie Gibbs – Alfredo

Freddie Gibbs – Alfredo
Hip Hop
Release date
May 29 2020
Freddie Gibbs
Freddie Gibbs – Alfredo
May 29 2020 | Hip Hop

Alfredo is a collaborative studio album by American rapper Freddie Gibbs and American hip hop producer The Alchemist. It was released on May 29, 2020, through Gibbs’ own record label ESGN Records, as well as ALC Records and Empire Distribution.

The album is the first project between only Gibbs and The Alchemist, as it also marks the second time they have collaborated on a full-length project, following 2018′s Fetti with fellow rapper Currensy. It features guest appearances from fellow rappers Rick Ross, Benny the Butcher, Tyler, the Creator, and Conway the Machine.

The Alchemist and Gibbs first worked together in 2003–2004. However, nothing from that period was released. Their first official collaboration was in April 2011 on the Currensy and Alchemist song “Scottie Pippen”, which Gibbs was featured on. In October 2018, the trio released a collaborative album titled Fetti.

Title and artwork
The title is a portmanteau of The Alchemist and Gibbs’ names. The album cover, designed by Vlad Sepetov, shows a hand puppeteering a Fettuccine Alfredo dish. It draws similarities to the logo of renown crime film franchise The Godfather.

Release and promotion
On May 27, 2020, Gibbs and The Alchemist announced the release of new music via social media, before confirming the collaborative project shortly after. The announcement came alongside the option for pre-ordering the album in digital and physical format, including a comic book stylized based on the album.

The first single, “1985″, was released a day before the album, alongside an accompanying music video directed by Nick Walker.

Critical reception
Alfredo was met with widespread critical acclaim. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from professional publications, the album received an average score of 88, based on nine reviews. Album of the Year assessed the critical consensus as 85 out of 100, based on 10 reviews.

Jack Bray of The Line of Best Fit praised the album, stating, “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.” Joe Svetz from HipHopDX enjoyed the album, saying, “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.” Reviewing the album for Clash, Robin Murray stated “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.”

Clayton Tomlinson of Exclaim! said, “The current king of rap manages, yet again, to offer a searing insight into his life, past and present. The songs on Alfredo are fun even when the themes aren’t.” Pitchfork critic Matthew Ismael Ruiz said, “Gibbs skates over these beats, effortlessly gliding in and out of the pocket. Even the moments of stark contrast feel natural.” Writing for AllMusic, Andy Kellman felt that “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.”

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