First Listen: The Alchemist & Oh No, 'Welcome To Los Santos'

April 13, 2015 3:03 AM

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First Listen: The Alchemist & Oh No, 'Welcome To Los Santos'

Welcome To Los Santos is a promotional mixtape compilation meant to hype the video game Grand Theft Auto V, which came out in 2013 — Los Santos being the fictional city setting of the gangster-fantasy adventure. With 16 songs and 26 vocal acts, it sprawls, but it does hold together as a modern West Coast rap album, complete with heavy rock, electro and funk influences — as well as the requisite three Freddie Gibbs features.

All songs were chosen and/or created by hip-hop producers Oh No and Alchemist. In "Play it Cool," they lay the beat and rap alongside Earl Sweatshirt and singer Samuel T. Herring from the band Future Islands. The constituent pieces work sonically: the "Nautilus"-esque beat, Herring's low hook, Sweat...

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