4. “Live pyrotechnic jacket made out of asbestos/My residence high up in the tree, like where the nest is” — Alchemist, ‘Dirt’ lyrics
Alan “The Alchemist” Maman is far better known for his banging beats than his lyrical prowess. So we were doubly impressed when he turned in a superb verse on this song, holding his own against some formidable cohorts, including House Shoes and Roc Marciano. The dense, Ghostface-ian imagery here shows that Alc may have quite a future as an artist/producer — a sort of Kanye for fans who prefer Timbos and hoodies to Louis V and Margiela — if he decides to go that route.

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