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Friday, Apr 07 2006 | 11:37

According to myth, an Alchemist has the power to transform something common into something special. So is the case with California’s own, The Alchemist. His tendency to transform a common sample into audio emotion has quickly made him one of the most sought after producers in Hip Hop.

Now you might be saying, “I don’t know much about The Alchemist, who is he?” He’s a white boy from the right side of the tracks. The side of the tracks where male offspring live long past 25, attend Ivy League schools, and build successful law practices. Our boy Al turned his back on that life; as music fans, we should be grateful. The Alchemist got his start in 1993, as one-half of the duo Whooliganz. He laced Cypress Hill, House of Pain, and Funkdoobiest with beats before unleashing his sound on Dilated Peoples’ “Platform”. When Dilated debuted in 1998, they were an underground sensation creating a huge buzz about the man behind those incredible beats.

In 1999, DJ Muggs from Cypress Hill introduced Al to his good friends, the popular hip-hop group Mobb Deep. Al produced two songs for their “Murda Muzik” album. Impressed by his production skills and street smarts, Mobb Deep took him under their wing, using his beats on all their subsequent albums. As Alchemist’s profile increased, he went on to for many of Hip Hop’s most successful and prominent artists, such as Nas, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Ghostface Killah and Snoop Dogg. He has also remixed songs for bands and artists in other genres such as Linkin Park and Morcheeba.

Al stayed loyal to continuing to produce for Dilated, Cypress Hill, Everlast (formerly of House Of Pain) and Crazy Town. He also enjoys producing for lesser-known underground rappers, often giving them some of his best beats. In 2004, 11 years after his rapping career folded, The Alchemist returned with his long-awaited debut album, “1st Infantry.” The album yielded the hit single “Hold You Down” (featuring Prodigy, Illa Ghee, and Nina Sky), which hit #95 in 2005.

The Alchemist is back once again. His hot new album is called “Chemistry Files Vol.1” and it features all his old rap pals and even a few new ones, spitting fire over the same type of beats that made The Alchemist the big name producer he is today.

The album AlchemistChemistry Files Vol.1” (ALC) is going to be released May 12, 2006.

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