Our recurring new music function Rap Song of the Week breaks down the hip-hop tracks you have to hear each Friday. Try the total playlist here. This week, Boldy James and The Alchemist shut out the yr robust with the ICECOLDBISHOP-assisted “Scorching Water Tank.”
Boldy James is thought for his prodigious output: Final yr alone, he dropped 4 tasks. In 2021, he slowed down the tempo a bit, solely releasing his Alchemist team-up Bo Jackson, one of many best albums of the yr. As we speak, the Detroit rapper upped his quantity by releasing Super Tecmo Bo, a nine-track undertaking combining a handful of latest songs with bonus tracks beforehand solely accessible on the Bo Jackson vinyl deluxe version.
One of many standouts is “Scorching Water Tank” that includes underground LA rapper ICECOLDBISHOP, who brings massive Danny Brown energy over a spooky, hypnotic beat from Producer of the Year The Alchemist. Setting the tone together with his high-pitched supply and vivid rhymes about “Eatin’ Chinese language contained in the hooptie,” the one visitor on Tremendous Tecmo Bo leaves followers wanting extra earlier than passing the mic to Boldy.
Closing out the monitor, James brings the “Meek circulation” with ice chilly lyrics breaking down why he’s the rapping Bo Jackson (“They name me Bo Jack as a result of I run tablets and I dump base”). Reminiscing in regards to the uphill climb with vivid storytelling about grinding within the streets, the Griselda affiliate additionally stops to recollect one of many fallen members of his crew. “Held it down, stored it too actual, ‘fore he died, by no means acquired to thank him,” he raps in a managed tone hiding any feelings.
“Scorching Water Tank” is simply the newest instance of how Boldy and Alchemist can do no unsuitable. Let’s all be grateful the duo dropped a brand new file to blast whereas avoiding household over the vacations.