You may not realize it, but after dropping several excellent projects in 2012, The Alchemist is quietly having one of the best (and most productive) years of his illustrious career. Earlier in the year, Gangrene (his duo with Oh No) dropped Vodka & Ayahuasca , he followed that up with his own album, Russian Roulette, and he teamed up with Domo Genesis of Odd Future to release No Idols.

What's more impressive than what's he's already done this year is all the projects he's got lined up for the future. He's been working on an entire album with Action Bronson titled Rare Chandeliers, he's got another project with Evidence titled Step Brothers, as well as projects with artists like Prodigy, Freddie Gibbs, and Boldy James.  

But before we can talk too much about his future, we'd like to look back on his past. It's been a long road for the 34-year-old producer, who grew up in Beverly Hills, California. Even though he hails from the West Coast and he got into the game under prominent Cali acts like Cypress Hill, ALC rose to fame producing for New York rappers like Mobb Deep. His street-oriented sound hasn't produced too many Billboard hits, but more classics than your average beatsmith.

In part one of our two-part conversation, Alchemist reflected on how he came up in the game and some of his earliest hits. He talked about how he used to carry Everlast's bags on tour, how Snoop Dogg came through to the studio with coffee bean sized bags of weed, and the advice the late, great Chris Lighty gave him about radio. 

As told to Insanul Ahmed (@Incilin)


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