Freddie Gibbs and The Alchemist surprised the hip-hop world with the major announcement that they’d be releasing a collaborative 10-track project titled Alfredo in just a few hours. They did so in style too, tapping frequent collaborator and music video director Nick Walker to helm the new “1985” music video that saw the two casually discuss burying bodies with mafioso swagger in a sign of what’s to come. Now they’ve furthered the special release by teaming up with Marvel comic illustrator Deadly Mike for an exclusive 20-page comic book and an extensive merch capsule collection inspired by 1990s Italian restaurant takeout gear.
“We came up with the name Alfredo years ago when we recorded the song “Fetti” for GTA V,” Freddie’s manager Ben “Lambo” Lambert told HYPEBEAST. “It made sense to me to go with a full restaurant theme for the creative. Freddie came up with The Godfather pasta idea and had our guy Deadly Mike, who draws comics for Marvel, knock it out. For the merch, I wanted to tap into the style of clothing an Italian restaurant delivery guy would wear in the late 90s, or that they’d sell behind the counter in a glass case. Growing up in San Fernando Valley in the 1990s, we ordered a lot of pizza and pasta. I linked up with Second City Prints to execute the concepts and aesthetic and we nailed it pretty quickly.”
Vlad Sepetov championed Alfredo‘s art direction. The album will also feature contributions from Tyler, The Creator, Rick Ross, Benny The Butcher and Conway The Machine. The Alchemist and Freddie last linked on back in October 2018 for Fetti, a nine-track offering with Curren$y.
Check out the full capsule above including some pages from the upcoming comic book, set to release in limited quantities. Alfredo is slated to release tonight (May 29, 2020) at midnight. You can pre-order your favorite Alfredo-themed gear now via Alfredo.Restaurant.
— Skinny Suge (@FreddieGibbs) May 28, 2020