Evidence collaborated with Raekwon and Ras Kass on “The Red Carpet,” one of the standout cuts from his upcoming sophomore LP Cats & Dogs (September 27th). The cut, produced by The Alchemist, is what Ev considers as one of his most inspired verses to date.

“This song for me, when I wrote the rhyme, this was like the roll out the red carpet, the grand opening. I landed on a new rhyme style, a new rhyme pattern, that I hadn’t really found before,” he said. “But hanging out with Fashawn and Blu and rhyming with Elzhi and Jay Electronica, listening to him a lot, I had been super inspired at that point.”

Explaining that all it took was a chicken parmesan sandwich to get a verse from the Chef, the Dilated Peoples member recalled how he wanted to take “one of the best Alchemist beats to date” and make it even more special.

“At that point, when I started writing it, I couldn’t even stop. Normally, you live in a 16- or 20- or a 24-bar parameter, but I didn’t even know what it was that day. I just kept writing until I said the last line,” he continued. “At that point, I had two verses, one of which was from one of the greatest rappers to me, Raekwon. Ras Kass was frequenting Alchemist’s stupid at that time, so I just figured, this is my other hero from the West. I got Rae. Let’s put this shit together again.”

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