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The Alchemist (Rap)

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' 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.

In 2006, the Alchemist showcased his work with a pair of mixtapes of previously released and unreleased material, The Chemistry Files and No Days Off. After releasing the instrumental collection Rapper's Best Friend in 2007, 2009's Chemical Warfare featured Eminem, Juvenile, Dilated Peoples, and the Lady of Rage. The year 2012 found him releasing Vol. 2 of Rapper's Best Friend along with Vodka & Ayahuasca, a collaborative album with producer/rapper Oh No recorded under the name Gangrene, and Russian Roulette, an album built by sampling Russian music. A year later he worked with Prodigy on the album Albert Einstein, while 2015 saw him collaborate with Oh No on Welcome to Los Santos, a collection inspired by the virtual radio stations found in the video game Grand Theft Auto V. Featuring samples from Israeli radio and thrift store albums the producer bought while visiting Israel, the beat tape Israeli Salad was also released in 2015. ~ Marisa Brown, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Rapper's Best Friend

1. Stuck On U

2. G-Type

3. The Thirst

4. Back Again

5. Tight

6. Bring Yo Light

7. Guns Is Razor

8. Still Feel Me

9. Gangster Banger

10. Gun Check

11. Stop Frontin

12. What A Real Mobb Do

13. Carved In Stone

14. Shine

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Track List: 1st Infantry - The Instrumentals

1. Dead Bodies (Instrumental)

2. The Essence (Instrumental)

3. Hold You Down (Instrumental)

4. Stop The Show (Instrumental)

5. D Block To QB (Instrumental)

6. Bangers (Instrumental)

7. Where Can We Go (Instrumental)

8. It's A Craze (Instrumental)

9. For The Record (Instrumental)

10. Boost The Crime Rate (Instrumental)

11. Strength Of Pain (Instrumental)

12. Bang Out (Instrumental)

13. Tick Tock (Instrumental)

14. Pimp Squad (Instrumental)

15. Different Worlds (Instrumental)

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Track List: Rookies Of The Future (Single)

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I'll s**t that ALC s**t
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anthoj26
Km mu
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The Alchemist does this "rap" SUSPENSEFUL, M E L O C O L Y - T E M P O E D with a 'bit' of fla'va!
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Boring.
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Real hip ain't dead pusha!!!
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Big Al. Realist producer out Chea.
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Shittin beats.....u get it u f**ks
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I luv this dope a** beat wit that hook. Nice rhythm
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janinediluzi o
Beat is so dope
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the alchemist iz a beatminer hold you down
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good track but using e=mc^2 seems a little corny imo
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Yea alc dope..
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1 of the best ever.. Up there somewhere with premier
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efren_iscool
We cypher hold you down instrumental all day
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deejestina
Damn!!
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Right on #<=☆
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One of LAs finest
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S**T I miss N hip hop real
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Wish we can go back, way back into time.
Old school hiphop dont stop..
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Underrated production
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dbarkleya
real hip-hop old school is the best....
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S**t is sick.......
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Fire
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Hot a** track forever
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This is dope ima paint to this beat
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dope track. Real hip hop needs to dominate again...
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Sick!!
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Feeling this joint
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Follow me on insta @_jsin_
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Dope
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REAL DEAL FISHSCALE !....... TIC TIC HEY HEY THIS IS FOR MY N**GAS IN BRIDGE !.....
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damm this beat is bumpin
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DOPE S**T
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It's a cash explosion
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"WIN WE TOUCH WE WILL SEE HEAVEN NOW IT PHILS LIKE MAGIC KNOW COMPARISON!! WASHINGTON DC IN THE HOUSE WANTED 2 NO IF YOU 4REAL
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A+
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Reverbnation . c o m / 3 a m d a f u t u r e | Theivland, OH | FMOT: @3aminyoster e o
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PHALIFE
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A1
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This beat fiyah
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tarrenceswar t z
this my s**t
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allenfawcett 1 2 3
This is the shirt
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Even when s**t gets hard.... I'm going to make sure that I'm around to hold u down..... Will never leave your side until the day I die I'm gonna hold u down!!!!!!!! ❤️ Alchemist... . .
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gozalezrob
This s**t hard
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Would be even more bonkers to hear Guru and or Big L to rip this track
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Banks that guy wit punchline
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Dope Track. Love it.
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Fya! Da Cak!
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Me and my USO used to bang this hard back when it came out.....R.I. P . 2 da USO SIKE....
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