The Alchemist has emerged with a new single “Nobles,” featuring Earl Sweatshirt and Navy Blue.
On “Nobles,” the veteran producer weaves together samples from The Neverending Story with loops of strings and keys to create a hypnotic, beatless soundscape. Riding on its laid-back atmosphere, the two MCs trade intricate verses that deal in their trademark introspection: “Depths of the man that I was from the start / Stay next to the fam, got a place in my heart chest / …The rest of the plan got scrapped when I landed, invested in arts / I do less when I stretch ’fore I hit the bar / Pull up, Tan Cress’ on the shoulder of the coat of arms.”
The single accompanies the announcement of The Alchemist’s new EP, This Thing of Ours, due out April 30. The EP boasts a stacked line-up of guest features, with Pink Siifu, Boldy James, Maxo and Sideshow also slated to appear alongside Earl and Navy Blue.
This continues a prolific streak from the Alchemist. In March, he teamed up with Armand Hammer for the joint album Haram after collaborating with Freddie Gibbs on their Grammy-nominated album Alfredo. Last year, he also released the album The Price of Tea in China with Detroit rapper Boldy James.
“Nobles” marks yet another collaboration between The Alchemist and Earl, who’d previously linked up for the song “Falling out the Sky.” In 2020, the rapper tapped the producer for “Whole World,” a bonus track that appeared on the deluxe edition of his Feet of Clay EP.
Navy Blue and Sweatshirt have also worked together extensively. They last collaborated in 2020 on the song “Ghost,” and prior to that, Navy Blue appeared on Earl’s 2018 album Some Rap Songs on the track “The Mint.”
Navy Blue released his sophomore full-length album Song of Sage: Post Panic! in 2020. The Brooklyn rapper is currently working on his next project, an album with Akai Solo named True Sky. It is due out in May.
Listen to the trio’s new song “Nobles” below: