The Alchemist Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records (Part 1)

Dilated Peoples "Third Degree" (1997)

Album: N/A
Label: ABB

The Alchemist: “Aw man this is like digging through an old box of dusty polaroids. Lemme see if I can find that Polaroid hold on...here it isn’t. Nah, lemme think.

“If I remember correctly it was when I first moved to New York. I was on that Spanish shit hard, listening to Beatnuts beats. I came to New York and found all the Dominican and Puerto Rican records that I never found in L.A. The horns was from something Latin, I just threw it together. How the song came together I can’t recall but I think they just did it in L.A. and it was funky fresh.

 

Jason Goldwatch has always been weird and smelled bad and always looked like a washed up Tom Cruise that needs to go to the hospital. He's really talented. Great guy, just looks weird and smells weird. Smokes all your weed too. What a guy!

 

“The video was like a really good bad video and Defari has a really funny hat on. It was shot on Super8, that’s how far back that shit goes. Jason Goldwatch did that video, so we’ve known that guy that long. He's always been weird and smelled bad and always looked like a washed up Tom Cruise that needs to go to the hospital. He's really talented. Great guy, just looks weird and smells weird. Smokes all your weed too. What a guy!

“The first time I met Evidence he was rapping outside of the Troubadour in L.A. He had these big spaces in his teeth, you could put a toothpick through every tooth. Me and my man Scott Caan from The Whooliganz were standing outside and Evidence walked up smoking a cigarette and asked, ‘Yo man they got an open mic tonight?’ He just wanted to rap. He knew somebody I knew. Scott knew him before me and kinda connected with him, so I knew him before the Dilated thing.

“I met Raka through Evidence, whom he knew through the graffiti world and through the hip-hop shop off of Melrose. Coming up on the Westside of L.A., [we were all] trying to be creative, doing graffiti, skateboarding, and rap. We just landed on rap because it took us away from everything else.

“That’s around the time I met Ev. It’s not like we skated together but we all grew up doing the same shit. That’s how that started and then Dilated People grew from there. You know them forming the group and me getting into production.”

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