Album: Return of the Mac
Label: E1 Music
The Alchemist: “All the producers I came up on made albums first and then they got know as a producer. Like Muggs with Cypress and Premier with Gangstar. They all made albums and then their production was found after by people. I felt like it would be a feat to do that.
“At that point P trusted me and it was like, he wasn’t gonna rap on anything he didn’t like, but he was like, ‘I like it. Keep it coming.’ We just crafted it. Maybe it’s because he wasn’t thinking as hard because it was after the G-Unit thing and he felt like, ‘I gotta prove everything to 50 and people who are fronting. We’re survivors man. Let’s do a mixtape.’
“Then he was more focused on killing it and not on beat selection and so I got to craft it. But he had input of course. The name sparked it and we just went from there. The album was a moment of creativity for us that we were able to pull off.
It’s crazy to be able to do that with a company like Koch which was so wack. Sorry. The people who worked there were great people but the overall execution was s**t. It's amazing we were able to pull that off. Their meeting room smelled like pickled feet.
“It’s crazy to be able to do that with a company like Koch which was so fucking wack. Sorry. The people who worked there were great people but the overall execution was shit. It's amazing we were able to pull that off. Their meeting room smelled like fucking pickled feet.
“We did a lot of good things but it was a weird transitional period where they were starting to get more success with more commercial shit that wasn’t that. It still did good for them but it wasn’t exactly the direction they were going as a company.
“So to me it’s a feat that shit even came out. With good artwork and all that, not forced commercial bullshit. They limited it too but I think that shit did what it was supposed to.
“It wasn’t supposed to be a commercial smash, it was supposed to be some raw shit. It was ill because the outlets and the attention we got from that it was like wow. It showed P and myself that you just gotta do what you believe in and not worry about anything.
“I can’t take any credit for the video that was all P. He went on his own and did that shit he didn’t even tell me. It was so ill that’s what sparked everything. That was all P, I just saw it one day like, ‘Wow this is great. This is for us?’ He didn’t even tell me nothing it was just like he had to do something, but I'm glad he did.
“Good rap times. Let’s go home crack open a bottle and enjoy a little rap. Go home, pour out some wine, and throw on a little rap music to finish your day. It’s good stuff. Rap hor’s d'oeuvres.”