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5003The Alchemist is one of the most sought-after hip hop producers in the genre today. His hard-knocking drums and gritty East Coast-flavoured rhythms have blessed the likes of Mobb Deep, Eminem, Nas, Snoop Dogg, and many others. Alchemist serves as Eminem’s in-house DJ and also executive-produced the 2006 Shady Records platinum-selling release “The Re-Up”.

Ignoring the coastal feuds that dominated hip-hop for most of the ’90s, the Alchemist (born Alan Maman) began his career in L.A. (he grew up in affluent Beverly Hills) and ended up in New York City. As a teenager, as part of the duo the Whooliganz (with Scott Caan, son of James) and the greater rap collective the Soul Assassins (with Cypress Hill, House of Pain, etc.), he released the single “Put Your Handz Up” on Tommy Boy in 1993, though the Whooliganz’s debut full-length, “Make Way For The W”, was eventually shelved. The Alchemist continued making beats, however, working with and learning from DJ Muggs on 1995’s “Cypress Hill III: Temples Of Boom” as well as with childhood friend Evidence of Dilated Peoples.

After moving to New York to attend college, Al hooked up with Queensbridge duo Mobb Deep, producing the songs “The Realest” and “Thug Music” from their 1999 record “Murda Muzik”, a collaboration that led to work with Pharoahe Monch, Royce da 5’9, Fat Joe, Defari, Freddy Foxxx, Ludacris, Big Daddy Kane, and Ghostface Killah, and even rock acts like Linkin Park and Morcheeba. In 2004 the Alchemist released his first solo full-length, “1st Infantry”, which, besides featuring his own beats, also had him rapping alongside Stat Quo, The Game, Lloyd Banks, Mobb Deep, and Dilated Peoples, among others, and in 2005, after Eminem’s DJ Green Lantern left the Anger Management 3 tour, the Detroit rapper hired Al as his replacement. One year later The Alchemist showcased his work with a pair of mixtapes of previously released and unreleased material, “The Chemistry Files” and “No Days Off”. He also produced tons of beats for the who’s who of rap music.

“Chemical Warfare”, Alchemist’s long awaited follow-up to his “1st Infantry” album will be be released in July 2009, and it has been worth the wait – big time. Entirely produced by The Alchemist himself, this release is sure to knock on every corner and every block across the world!

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