According to myth, an Alchemist has the power to transform something common into something special. So is the case with Californias own, The Alchemist. His tendency to transform a common sample into audio emotion has quickly made him one to watch in the new millennium era of hip-hop.
In 1993, The Alchemist was introduced via Soul Assassins as half of duo The Wooligans; the youngest of a hit-making fraction that included Cypress Hill, House Of Pain and Funkdoobiest. The duos Muggs-produced single, Put Cha Hands Up, garnered underground awareness and planted the seed for what has become The Alchemist's career in hip-hop music. Under the guidance of Cypress Hills own DJ Muggs (House of Pain, Goodie Mob, GZA), Al cranked out track after track while simultaneously paying his dues on the road with Cypress Hill. He made a notable first impression as producer with a remix for Cypress Hills Tequila Sunrise Rmx featuring Fat Joe. Al then continued sharpening his skills by providing production for underground mainstays Dilated Peoples. His work with the group led to underground classics like The Platform, Guaranteed and The Platform Rmx.
Just like the major influences before him (Muggs, DJ Premier and Large Professor), The Alchemist was earning himself a name synonymous with the dusty finger-esque production of yore and found himself producing notable classics for the likes of Defari, Pharohe Monch, Royce da 59, and Mobb Deep. It was with Mobb Deep that The Alchemist started to be recognized for his more aggressive style of beat making when he produced two highlights on the groups platinum album gem, Murda Muzik ("The Realest", "Thug Music"). While the underground crowd was already aware of Als tendency for hardcore tracks, artists like Fat Joe ("Bring it On"), Eminem ("Get Back") Freddy Fox (Stock in The Game) and Capone-N-Noreaga ("Bang, Bang") soon noticed Al as a producer that could prepare the right musical background for them to capture their aggression.
Press took note of this work in January 2002 when The Alchemist was named one of the top producers of the year in The Source Magazine, alongside the likes of Dr. Dre, The Neptunes, Mannie Fresh of Cash Money and Timbaland. The recognition has surged demand for Als signature sound from a diverse set of new sources, as he has been sought out for projects with Jadakiss ("We Gone Make it"), Prodigy ("Keep It Thoro"), Nas ("Book Of Rhymes"), Snoop Dogg ("Hey Girl"), Ludacris, Ghostface Killa, Big Daddy Kane as well as alternative acts such as Linkin Park and Morcheeba.
Despite the increasing attention from high profile acts, Al continues to cater to his underground audience with just as much enthusiasm. A limited-edition commemorative vinyl of his most hard to find instrumentals, The Alchemist released ALC Street Themes, is currently available. According to the records distributor, Fat Beats, the vinyl continues to be the highest selling hip-hop instrumental album ever.
Since recently being added to the management roster of Paul Rosenberg, founder of powerhouse firm Goliath Artists (Eminem, Xzibit, Cypress Hill), The Alchemist looks forward to taking his biggest and best step forward in his work in the coming year. Already, Al has produced Mobb Deeps newest single Got it Twisted, and can currently be heard on Coca-Cola's new Vanilla Coke radio commercial that he produced and performed on with acclaimed actor, Chazz Palminteri (Usual Suspects, Bronx Tale). Alchemist also produced the new street single for Cypress Hill, Latin Thugs featuring Tego Calderon.
In June 2004, The Alchemist will release his first opus entitled Alchemist: 1st Infantry. The album is a mixture of artists who best compliment his progressive sound, as well as those who have helped pave the way for Al up to this point. The first street joint, Bangers, features G-Units very own Lloyd Banks, and is already getting heavy play on the radio and on mixtapes across the country. Other guests on the album include Cypress Hill, Havoc and Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Dilated Peoples, D-Block's Jadakiss, Sheek and J-Hood, Devin the Dude, Nappy Roots, Shady/Aftermaths new artist Stat Quo, the West Coasts top prospect Game, and many others.
The Alchemist is also currently in the process of working as Executive Producer on the sophomore release by Dilated Peoples. If history serves us right, then this Alchemist is already taking the common take on hip-hop production and turning it into some of the most special creations heard in recent memory.
- 1st Infantry
- Release 9/21/2004
- Buy CD
- Dead Bodies - featuring The Game and Prodigy
- Your Boy Al (Interlude)
- The Essence - featuring The LOX
- Hold You Down featuring Prodigy, Nina Sky and Illa Ghee
- Industry Rule 4080 (Interlude)
- Stop The Show featuring Stat Quo and MOP
- D Block To QB featuring Havoc, Noyd, Styles and J-Hood
- Bangers featuring. Lloyd Banks
- Where Can We Go featuring Devin The Dude
- It's A Craze featuring Mobb Deep
- For The Record featuring Dilated Peoples
- Boost The Crime Rate featuring Sheek and J-Hood
- Strength Of Pain featuring Chinky
- A Soul Assassins Tale (Interlude)
- Bang Out featuring B-Real (of Cypress Hill)
- Tick Tock featuring Nas and Prodigy
- Pimp Squad featuring T.I. and The P$C
- Different Worlds featuring Twin