The super duo Step Brothers (Alchemist and Evidence) just released their debut album Lord Steppington, a project that’s been in the making since 2008. Alchemist and Evidence have worked together in the past on various projects, including Evidence’s solo material, and with Evidence’s group Dilated Peoples. The name of the album Lord Steppington comes from a lyric in Alchemist’s other project with rapper/producer Oh No called Gangrene in the track “Dark Shades” from Vodka and Ayahuasca (2012). Lord Steppington is produced by the Step Brother duo themselves, featuring Styles P, Action Bronson, The Whooliganz (Alchemist’s old group from the 90s), Roc Marciano, Evidence, Fashawn, Rakaa, Blu, Oh No and Domo Genesis (Odd Future).
In an interview on Sway in the Morning, Alchemist and Evidence said Lord Steppington is a character representing all the Baristas they’ve encountered at coffee shops, the know it all coffee experts, who tell his or her costumers “I got you!” This archetype was the inspiration for the project. The album plays out like a journey into the mind of such an individual, delving into his ego, exploring his fears and desires. There are moments sonically, from the kinds of samples the duo uses, to the sketch dialogue, that reminds me of Dan the Automator and Prince Paul’s Handsome Boy Modeling School concept albums. Alchemist and Evidence, along with their featured guest artists paint a compelling story over grandiose, psychedelic, boom bap beats.
Step Brothers (The Alchemist & Evidence) Explain Lord Steppington & How Evidence Got Sway His MTV Job (also featuring Kid Ink)
The Alchemist, Evidence & Kid Ink Freestyle Together on Sway in the Morning
Rhymesayers’ promo for Lord Steppington
Step Brothers (Alchemist & Evidence) “Step Masters” Music Video
Step Brothers (The Alchemist & Evidence) Lord Steppington [Rhymesayer Soundcloud Preview]