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The instrumental companion piece to The Alchemist and Curren$y's 2011 EP Covert Coup, this 10-track collection showcases Al's always-impressive production prowess. For well over a decade now, the ALC has been one of the most consistently on-point beatmakers in hip-hop, expanding his already-gigantic discography and working with some of the biggest names in the business. As anyone familiar with his style knows, he's a master of loops: chopping, layering, and reconfiguring choice samples that bring the perfect amount of atmosphere, tension, and straight funkiness to the table. Rejecting easy ways out (i.e., presets, 808s, or walls of synths), he focuses on moody yet infectious sonic backdrops custom-tailored to the emcee he's working with. Not content with straightforward soul/funk jacks, he mines increasingly obscure source material, crafting tasty nuggets of boom-bap out of cutout-bin prog-rock jams, forgotten jazz fusion, and much more. All of these tracks are great, but "Blood Sweat and Gears," "Full Metal," "Life Instructions," and "Smoke Break" are especially great.

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This is PRECISELY what I needed today. Sophisticated, covert killer music. The arrangments are crazy interesting, and puts me in the most lovely dark covert ninja mood. The Type is the perfect track in my mind and its 5minutes long!! Domo Arigato.


Born: October 14, 1975 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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