Both Earl Sweatshirt and Action Bronson dropped their new albums this week (I Don’t Like Sh*t, I Don’t Go Outside and Mr. Wonderful, respectively.) And the two fittingly link up with The Alchemist for a new track in “Warlord Leather.” All three deliver on the track. Listen after the jump.

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Once a year, Austin, TX transforms into a hotbed for fans to witness some of the greatest music showcases on earth during the annual SXSW Music Festival. This year was no exception as fans in attendance were able to see a myriad of live performances each day across all genres of music. iHipHop was on-hand to capture photos from some of the most monumental performances and parties throughout the city this year. For your viewing pleasure, click through this exclusive slideshow to check out photos from this year’s SXSW Music Festival. All photos by W. Suarez (MosiacNewYork).

On the latest episode of Action Bronson’s web show F**k, That’s Delicious Bronson locks himself in The Alchemist’s studio in Los Angeles to work on some tunes. While doing so, Bronson and The Alchemist smoked copious amounts of marijuana, which led to a creative jolt. Here, the result, “Big League Chew,” is made available for your listening pleasure. Peep the cut after the jump!

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The critically acclaimed Grand Theft Auto V recently received a PlayStation 4 / Xbox One facelift and with it comes a brand spankin’ new original soundtrack. A few weeks back Freddie Gibbs shared his GTA V cut (featuring production from Mike Dean) “Sellin’ Dope.” And now, with it being Action Bronson’s birthday, The Alchemist is letting one out of the vault for everyone to enjoy. The Bronsolino/Danny Brown collaborative track “Bad News” (produced by the aforementioned Alchemist) also appears on the next-gen console version of GTA V. Listen to “Bad News” after the jump and wish Mr. Wonderful himself, Action Bronson, a happy birthday.

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Happy 37th birthday, Alchemist! The West Coast producer is celebrating his birthday by gifting you with some unreleased music; what a guy! For his 37th Al has uploaded a previously unreleased track he had stashed away in the vault. That track is “Biology” by Queens legends Mobb Deep. Listen after the jump.

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Action Bronson going over The Alchemist’s production is always a win for the hip-hop community. As you may recall, the two have worked together before, notably on the excellent Rare Chandeliers mixtape from a few years back. The MC/producer tandem has returned and this time they’ve brought the Neon Icon himself, Riff Raff into the fold. Check out the new track “Blue Jays” after the jump.

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In 1938, Alex Steinweiss, an art director for Columbia Records invented the concept of album cover art, making way for epic images that continuously influence pop culture. It’s different now that most listeners stream and download music, which has ignited a market for unique album artwork to differentiate one project from the next. Also, design software is much more accessible and apps like instagram are extremely popular. That accessibility has given artists a bevy of new media to expand greatly the idea of album covers. Artists can create several album covers with a mouse click, and with a simple QR code make them interactive, or create a vine video that gives the viewer a short film in lieu of a traditional static album cover.

So it’s no shock that this year is has delivered dope album covers.

Here is my list of 2013’s Five Best Hip Hop Album Covers, based on: visual aesthetic, concept in relation to album name and theme, and creative execution.





















Action’s latest tape is set to drop on November 13th and it’s looking very promising. The project, Rare Chandeliers, is produced by The Alchemist and features 14 tracks with artists like ScHoolboy Q, Roc Marciano, Styles P, Sean Price, and more. Click ‘more’ for the full tracklist. Read More

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