100 Unheralded Albums from 2010

Gangrene: Gutter WaterGangreneGutter Water (Decon, 11/23/10)

Gangrene: “Chain Swinging”

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Gangrene is the new hip-hop duo of The Alchemist and Oh No, each an esteemed producer-slash-rapper. Gutter Water is their first collaboration, and it calls upon a number of friends and guest MCs too, including RaekwonEvidence, and Planet Asia.

The material has ample rawness, with hard-hitting beats and rhymes, but there’s an underlying sophistication, whether from string, piano, and flute samples or from quick references to conspiracy theories.

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