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Gangrene, Vodka & Ayahuasca

Gangrene, the producer/rapper duo consisting of boom-bap sample wizard The Alchemist and underground favorite Oh No isn’t going anywhere. What started off looking like a one-off project (their 2010 debut, Gutter Water), has turned into a full on group. Last year, the two added underground rhyme slinger Roc Marciano to the team and formed Greneberg, releasing an excellent self-titled EP. Yet this time around, Double G seems to have overstayed their welcome.

Sure, the beats still bang—leaning towards a psychedelic, guitar heavy sound here—but the rhymes are lacking to the point of being almost unnecessary. Guest turns from Marciano on “Drink Up,” Kool G. Rap on “Gladiator Shit,” and Prodigy on “Dump Trunk” are more then welcome, but the majority of the raps are unfortunately provided by ALC and Dr. No: two artists more known for getting busy behind the boards than on the mic.

At the same time, there is a lot to appreciate on Vokda & Ayahuasca—a loose concept album about getting super stoned off this trippy concoction (ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic drink created from a vine of the same name). Everything from the distorted cover art (an ode to the black light posters of the 1960s), to the amazing video treatments by director Jason Goldwatch, to the bugged out vocal samples relating to ayahuasca makes the total package more exciting.

Now if they could just release an instrumental version of the album. —Jesse Gissen (@JesseXXL)

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  • k02

    Bit of a contradictory review you say that it is a great concept album but give the originality an L????? Keep youre opinion consistent dude!!

  • Mistah Dub

    even if they are mainly producers these guys spit harder than these idiots like rick ross, wayne, all of ymcmb, and that bitch 2 chainz who sucks hard and u give them all xl ratings but the good music gets an L i only listened to the single and can tell u guys are ignorant bullshit reviewers

    • Steve

      Agree with this X 1000

  • http://twitter.com/thisizmitch Mitch

    ghehe illuminati logo =)

  • cotton pickin ass mind

    This reviewer is out his damn mind… Gangrene is on some Jean Luc Godard shit, reinventing and reintroducing straight spittin into hiphop….DOPE ALBUM a XL at the Least!!!

  • http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/cas/2823123679.html truthh

    Nah, an L is fitting, the only thing that could be truer is an XL for originality, but the lyrics are not as onpoint as XL material.

    Find what makes you howl and explode with ecstasy. Rise your levels to the tip and then back off to let your body enjoy itself releasing it’s energy

  • http://twitter.com/itslurock ItsLuRocK

    I thought the album was decent. The production is clearly there and I can appreciate the different vibe. As always anything with ALC seems to shine in that department. However, I do agree with Jesse on the lyrics standpoint. The tracks including the features appeared to be the stand out songs. My favorite has to be black shades with Evidence who as always delivers a dope verse. Still, I wouldn’t give the lyrics a M. Though alchemist is not the best rapper he’s clearly gotten better and holds his own on the tracks. A Large would have been more appropriate. Overall, I thought the album was refreshing and the boom bap keeps the project in current rotation.

  • http://twitter.com/itslurock ItsLuRocK

    Edit: “Dark Shades”. Also, I agree with the comment above about the originality deserving a higher class. Vodka & Ayahuasca stands out in that regards as well. That needed an XL.

  • spaceyNYC

    shoudlve been
    Beats: XL
    Lyrics: L (M is definitely way too harsh)
    Originality: XL (come on, what else out there right now sounds like this? rap over psychedelic rock? basically nothing)

  • http://getdatmoneyyy.weebly.com/ lol

    funny if you consider this production “psychedelic rock

  • MP

    This review comes off as a “tryhard” imho. An “M” for the lyrics? Get the fuck outta here! Most of these mainstream “rappers” today deserve “M”s lyrically when you really look @ it. Beats & hooks run all of the mainsteam, not lyrical content, so go back & change the ratings you gave to Rick Ross, Big Sean etc. I’ve heard WAAAAYYY worse emcees that ya’ll gave better ratings to. You mean to tell me that Alchemist & Oh No are only one notch above Soulja Boy in the lyrics department?! ONE yourselves!

  • http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/cas/2823123679.html wrongMP

    Umm… As “mainstream” and lacking in certain creativity as Rick Ross and Big Sean are, if you think Alchemist and Oh No are ANYWHERE on that level lyrically you are a sad, sad, non rap knower

    • MP

      You apparently miss my point, lady. But that’s okay, you have no clue who you’re talking to, so I’ll let this go.

    • faust

      lol rick ross and big sean are two of the weakest mainstream rappers lyrically. total joke. esp big sean.


    Dr. No?


  • jd

    hey hey! dont blame him guys! he didnt realize how good this album was because he was too busy sucking drake’s dick.

  • Reyder

    such a shit review, give these dudes some credit! the garbage that yall are giving xxl’s to is ridiculous! if anything this should’ve got an xl at least. Nothing sounds even close to this, everything out now is so watered down and when some real shit comes out you downplay it. come on son!

  • spaceyNYC

    Idiot of course it’s not psychedelic rock, but thats the idea of this album, the samples are from Psychedelic rock pieces

  • http://getdatmoneyyy.weebly.com/ youaintgotadick


    nah thats wrong

  • http://www.vodka-mfg.com vodka manufacturing

    These two individuals have the present development is how?

  • http://www.vodka-mfg.com vodka manufacturing

    Now he continues?