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The 50 Best Albums of 2012 (So Far)

25. The Alchemist, Russian Roulette

Label: Shady
Released: July 17th

Russian Roulette is Rocky IV on wax minus the steroids and that ridiculous scene where the Soviets chant “USA! USA!” Not only do many of the song's titles come from the film, but chunks of the movie are sampled throughout the album as well. The record is about 45 minutes long but it contains no fewer than 30 short tracks, half of which are instrumentals; the other half short freestyles from Alchemist's pals like Schoolboy Q, Evidence, and Action Bronson. The album has no hooks and all the songs bleed into one another as the sound unfolds. Picture Alchemist climbing the mountain like Balboa in the harsh Russian winter while you play a game of Russian roulette and have a blast.

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