The Alchemist has cropped up all over the shop in the last fifteen years.

The Los Angeles beatmaker has dialled in vital instrumentals for the likes of Mobb Deep, Pharoahe Monch, Dilated Peoples and Nas. He’s collaborated with Oh No (as Gangrene) and Curren$y, and earns some bread as Eminem’s tour DJ. The Alchemist has now announced a follow up to 2009’s Chemical Warfare LP. The new set – his third – will be titled Russian Roulette, and is primed to fire later this month [via HipHop DX]

A whole host of busy and/or buzzy MCs have been co-opted for the record. Danny Brown (who is becoming something of the serial collaborator after those Darq E Freaker/Avalanches stories) and the impish Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire are the biggest draws. Freewheeling newcomer Action Bronson and Black Hippy ScHoolboy Q also pop up, as do Roc Marciano and regular partner-in-crime Evidence.

Russian Roulette definitely sounds like an album that takes gambles: The Alchemist promises ” a cinematic musical experience interwoven through a continuous soundscape demonstrating the vast array of his musical palette.”.

Russian Roulette is due on May 21 through Decon Records.

1. Soundcheck
2. Apollo’s Last Stand feat Ag Da Coroner
3. Crushed Kremlin feat Mayhem Lauren
4. Decisions Over Veal Orloff feat Action Bronson
5. Learned by Listening
6. Training Montage – Getting Stronger
7. Ivan’s Workout Plan
8. Never Grow Up feat Evidence
9. The Turning Point feat Roc Marciano
10. Live From Dynamo Stadium 2
11. Don Seymour’s Theme feat Midaz
12. Before The Fight Prelude
13. Adrian’s Words – Champion Song
14. Flight Of The Bumblebee
15. Kalashnekov Guns feat Guilty Simpson
16. Fight Confirmation feat Danny Brown and ScHoolboy Q
17. Press Conference Prelude
18. Freakish Strength
19. Junkyard Fight Scene feat DRDC
20. Oleg’s Flight feat Fashawn
21. Moscow Mornings – Sunrise
22. Moscow Evenings – Sunset
23. The Kosmos Pt 1 – Liftoff feat Chuuwee
24. The Kosmos Pt 2 – Power Glove feat Boldy James
25. The Kosmos Pt 3 – In Orbit
26. The Kosmos Pt 4 – Moon Probe feat Big Twinz
27. The Kosmos Pt 5 – 1st Contact – The Chase
28. The Kosmos Pt 6 – Life On Another Planet feat Willie The Kid Master
29. The Kosmos Pt 7 – The Explanation feat Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire
30. The Kosmos Pt 8 – Return To Earth Outro Master



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