Alchemist and Havoc have combined their artistry to create their new LP The Silent Partner. Mixing and matching sounds and thoughts, the LP is something like Frankenstein as the two mad scientists intertwine their genius. Both artists have been in the music industry for more than a decade and the listener can tell. With Havoc’s word play and smooth lyrical presentation, he flows like a silent killer. The Alchemist’s beats carry a sinister sound with creative samples and unorganized rhythm.
Because each artist is from a different coast–The Alchemist from California and Havoc from New York– the combination between them ties in quaint sounds from their cities. The sound is oddly still very grimy with a New York style. There is a theme in the LP easily reminiscent of an early Jay-Z or Nas with Havoc’s rap style and his hustler mentality. A daunting New York State of mind is found throughout a majority of lyrics in songs including “Seize Power,” “Maintain (F**k How You Feel),” and “The Gun Holds A Drum” feat. Prodigy. The production even seems to have a bit of Dr.Dre‘s production senses just slowed down a bit. Both artist’s do an A1 job at representing different sounds from their upbringing.
There are only a few features on the album including Method Man, Cormega, and Prodigy as mentioned above. Prodigy and Havoc have good chemistry together on songs considering they were in Mobb Deep together. Method Man and Cormega are also from New York and have a similar flow to Havoc. These few features give a couple different sparks throughout the LP which is nice, but Havoc’s flow rides well on its own for the majority of the album.
Make sure to listen to the new LP and catch up on previous works from Havoc and The Alchemist to compare how they work together vs. apart!