In the first part of our conversation with The Alchemist, we talked about how he got his start in the rap game and how his career progressed after that. In the second part of our conversation, we begin by talking about his first solo album, 1st Infantry.
While 1st Infantry isn't a unanimous classic, it's still a very significant record. Taking ques from idols like DJ Premier and DJ Muggs, ALC sought to create a full-length project which he saw as the next step as a producer. The album became the blueprint for the second half of his career as he crafted a few more solo albums, but also produced entire, excellent projects for Prodigy and Curren$y. The album's impact is even clearer these days. "Been waiting to get a Alchemist beat since I bought 1st Infantry," claims Schoolboy Q, on the ALC-produced track "My Homie."
Al also told us about the hassles of putting together posse cuts, why Eminem apologized to him after doing a cut on his album, and the Jedi Mind Trick he sometimes has to pull on rappers...
As told to Insanul Ahmed (@Incilin)
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