Boldy James and The Alchemist delivered one of 2020’s most solid sonic offerings to date when the duo dropped their collaborative 12-track LP The Price of Tea in China. After debuting the project through the gritty “Scrape the Bowl” music video where Boldy and Griselda member Benny The Butcher traded tales in the drug trade from Detroit to Buffalo, they connect with the ever-versatile Vince Staples for “Surf & Turf” in a visual directed by Lonewolf.
Lonewolf’s patchwork and multi-media collages matches perfectly with the ominous, minimalist realism of Boldy’s verses. The third song on the album showcases what makes the Detroit veteran such an effective storyteller, as he sheds light on everything he’s seen in the streets through choppy, efficient four syllable phrases. “Tub full of dope/ Road trips to Ypsi’, what’s good with the coke?/ Real n*ggas like Nipsey give a hood n*gga hope/ Dub with the smoke, got about a dub in my coat/ Ain’t even on the flyer, but think I’m in love with the host/ Glove on the toast, this for all my cousins and folks/ Bloods and my locs, they know I’ma thug ’till I croak,” he raps.
Vince Staples returns with his first verse since his latest “Hell Bound” single, reminiscing on gang affiliations, Tesla auto-pilot features and more. “Look mama, no hands!, look mama, mo’ bands/ Big house, mo’ land, lil’ Vince a grown man/ Came with his own plan, no friends wanna pop me/ Homie, you can’t stop me/ Thuggin’ with the Wop, burning up Del Amo swap meet/ You know who the opps was, ain’t nobody shot me/ But I shot, mm, hmm, hmm… maybe ’bout 3/ Wasn’t doin’ too much, I done made a few bucks/ I can get you Ku Kluxed, underneath the white sheet.”
Watch Boldy’s latest music video above and stream his entire The Price of Tea in China below. In more music news, a new Frank Ocean song is set to debut in the near future.