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The Alchemist (producer)

Alan Daniel Maman, better known as The Alchemist, is one of hip hop's leading producers. He hails from affluent Beverly Hills, California. After rising to prominence in the late 1990s as a close associate of Dilated Peoples and Mobb Deep, he went on to produce for many of hip hop's leading artists in the 2000s.

Career

Early

As a teenager, Al began to identify strongly with the rebellious lyrics and urban sounds of hip-hop, and he began writing his own lyrics as a creative outlet. He joined up with other like-minded artists who wrote lyrics and rebelled strongly against their "uptight" suburban surroundings. He was also associated with Shifty Shellshock of Crazy Town, Evidence of Dilated Peoples and Scott Caan, son of James Caan. Al and Scott decided to become a duo named The Whooliganz. While rhyming at a party in L.A., they attracted the attention of B-Real of Cypress Hill. He invited the teens to join his crew, The Soul Assassins, which also included the groups House of Pain and Funkdoobiest. In 1993, the Whooliganz released their first single, "Put Your Handz Up." The song received little radio airplay and their record label, Tommy Boy Records, decided to shelve their album. Rejected, Scott focused his creative energy on acting while Al became interested in process of making hip-hop beats

DJ Muggs took Al under his wing and taught him how to use a sampler and mixing board. After helping to produce a few tracks for Cypress Hill, Al became the main producer for his childhood friend, Evidence and his group Dilated Peoples.

Late 1990s-Present

When Dilated debuted in 1998, they were an underground sensation creating a huge buzz about the man behind the beats. Alchemist also produced several tracks on the debut album Focused Daily by Defari, another Dilated and Alkaholik affiliate. In 1999, Muggs 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 produce 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 his old friends, 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, and Nina Sky), which hit number ninety-five on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2005.

Alchemist has been dissed by underground rapper Ras Kass on the track "Kiss U". The producer of Ras Kass' "Home Sweet Home" was the Alchemist. The track was to be the lead single, yet the Alchemist resold the beat to Jadakiss, of The Lox fame. Jada proceeded to release his version (We Gon' Make It) first, beating Ras to the punch. Ras attempted to stop the release to no success.

Alchemist was signed on as the official tour DJ for Eminem on the 2005 Anger Management 3 Tour, replacing the recently-ousted DJ Green Lantern. However on July 13 2005, the tour bus carrying Eminem's entourage (including rapper Stat Quo as well as Alchemist) swerved off the road and turned over. Alchemist was treated for broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

Discography

Albums

Mixtapes

  • The Cutting Room Floor Vol. I (2003)
  • No Days Off (2006)
  • The Chemistry Files Vol. 1 (2006)
  • The Cutting Room Floor Vol. II (2008)

Instrumentals

  • Action/Drama (2001)
  • Gangster Theme Music (2000)
  • The Ultimate Music Machine (2002)
  • Lab Tested (2004)
  • Rapper's Best Friend (2007)

Singles

  • "Block Value/ More Like Us" (Feat. Mobb Deep & Big Noyd) (2001)
  • "We Gonna Make It" (Feat. Jadakiss, Styles P, Eve)
  • "The Man: The Icon" (Feat. Big Daddy Kane) (2001)
  • "Different Worlds/ B.I.G. T.W.I.N.S." (Feat. Twins) (2001)
  • "Bangers" (Feat. Lloyd Banks) (2004)
  • "Hold You Down" (2004)

Production credits

References

External links

Official websites

Interviews

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