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Larry June’s “The Great Escape” Has The Tunes of 2023


Written by Xavier Serrano

The Great Escape takes the streets by storm as Larry June creates braggadocious bars and witty one liners with The Alchemist production to amplify his words.

The sounds of spring are captured within The Alchemist production on the highly anticipated Larry June collaboration. The fun California artist showcased his diverse lyrics over some of the Alchemist’s superb production which lead to a huge variety within the album as another win for “Real” hip hop!

The Alchemist is a renowned American record producer, DJ, and rapper. He has produced music for several high-profile artists such as Eminem, Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Action Bronson, and among several others. Throughout his career, The Alchemist has received widespread recognition for his work which lead to several awards and collaborations with others. He has been nominated for several Grammy Awards and has won the accolade for Best Rap Performance in 2020 for his work with Nipsey Hussle.

The Alchemist may have landed himself in another conversation for best hip hop album of the year with this masterpiece he and Larry June have curated. The Great Escape can be described as the first sip of water at 3 AM. Larry June’s laxed style of rap makes it easy for casual listeners to digest but is still good enough to get the nod of approval from die hard hip hop fans.

Larry June is an American hip hop artist and entrepreneur by way of San Francisco, California, who started making his mark on the the hip hop scene in 2013 and has since released numerous albums and mixtapes. Despite not breaking through into the mainstream audience, Larry June continues to thrive with a dedicated fanbase and his successful entrepreneurial career.

The start of the album welcomes you in with opened arms as if The Alchemist handed you a nice cold glass of orange juice. In the song “ Turkish Cotton,” the listener is met with the sounds of thunder and lightning but is quickly sheltered as an array of brass instruments flood the listeners headphones. Larry June glides across the track as he describes the lavish life he currently lives as well as the importance of financial responsibility.

“89 Earthquake” is the second song on the album that displays The Alchemist’ outstanding production as it compliments Larry June’s singing on this particular song. Most artist that the Alchemist work with generally speak on topics related to violence and tramatic experiences when rapping. Larry June’s content consists of a positive messaging that encourages people of all ages to stay healthy and enjoy the finer things in life.

If Larry June’s lyrical content and The Alchemist superb production weren’t enough to grasp your attention, the feature list will. Prominent artists such as Wiz Khalifa, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Curren$y, Big Sean and Griselda’s own Boldy James make appearances on the album. Every song on the album is crafted carefully, no skips, no misses, this masterpiece will be talked about heavily in the year of 2023.

Experience the album of 2023 and give it a listen!



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