Studio Visit with Gangrene

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Studio Visit with Gangrene

I’ve been a fan of legendary hip-hop producer the Alchemist’s beats for well over a decade, so I was hyped when I was asked to shoot the essential items for Gangrene, his group with another amazing producer/MC – Oh No. I got to the studio and Alchemist was enthusiastically telling me that they didn’t want to do something like all the other essentials. They definitely kept it authentic to Gangrene’s gritty over the top style and provided their “getaway essentials” complete with everything from firearms to pizza. That will definitely go down as the best essentials to never be published, but if you scroll the gallery you can see it below. Although that piece didn’t run, I was lucky enough to chill for a couple of hours at the studio and listen to Al talk about music. It was surreal to hear him talk about working with rappers like Raekwon and Action Bronson. I wasn’t even planning on it but I felt the need to do an interview with him, since I was a fan with questions. This topic hit close to home as I grew up on hip-hop so I was happy to do a full interview/story that was published to HYPETRAK. Enjoy an excerpt from it below:

Alchemist: So for me when I think about music that’s timeless… it’s like I grew up at a certain age when I was so vulnerable and things really influenced me. You know what I mean? It hit me in that time so now I can say, “That’s timeless!” You might say, “The stuff right now, it ain’t really a classic, you know…” But the kids growing up right now, they’re listening to this stuff and in 20 or 30 years it’s going to change and they’re going to say what we say now, because it’s relevant to their life experience. They’ll be saying, “When I was 17 years old Earl Sweatshirt changed my life. They not rapping like Earl Sweatshirt in 2035 anymore.”