I've followed Alchemist ever since I heard "The Realest" with Mobb Deep and Kool G-rap. It had been a few years since i bought his albums and I came upon Russian Roulette and copped it. This album is for the listener who is not afraid to venture into different musical dimensions.. I can best describe it as when a person has read religious scriptures, but seeks more than religion, he or she seeks a moving spirituality that feeds their soul, something that connects them to the Universe and all things within it that are within US, making us one with the earth skies and stars, going beyond what WE KNOW.
Russian Roulette is Hip-Hop reaching beyond it's culture and foundation and traveling to unexplored regions. NO, this isn't some disconnected cornball cat who's just experimenting with sounds and loops, and making a new commercial sound with some clown-ass, non-lyrical rappers that don't have an idea about the culture which gave birth to KRS-1, Public Enemy, Rakim, Kool G-Rap..which in turn empowered US within Hip-Hop. THIS .. is talented MC's (with the exception of the unoriginal, Ghostface Killah copycat/clone.. "Action Bronson") rhyming off of Orchestral/Soulful/Musical-medelys, with beats and percussions low in the foggy distance.
Definitely not your regular Alchemist beats and samples, but something new and uncharted.. STILL filled with musical soul and spirit.
Russian Roulette will need repeated listenings for you to grasp it, and upon listening to it over and over and over and over again, you will NOT be bored, but drawn in and mesmerized, like when you climb up a mountain and look out upon the miles and miles of valleys, fields and forests before you, and understand what a spiritual connection is all about.
Cop this. This is a Natural High.