Alchemix – The Unkut Remix [Minus Actual Mixing]
After checking out the Up North Trips mix with their picks for the best Alan The Chemist beats from the past ten years, I couldn’t resist responding with my own personal selections from the past decade of work from the house of ALC.
Update: Mixed version can be found here, thanks to United Crates.
Stream: Alchemix – 10 Years of Alchemist (2004-2014)
Can’t say I agree with all of these choices but this is a great mix regardless. Might have to compile my own list in response…
Ev Boogie sez:
Today marks the 10th Anniversary of Alchemist’s debut solo, 1st Infantry. To celebrate A-L-C’s decade of dope, we put together ten years worth of Alc bangers, from 2004- 20134. For each year, we picked one of our favorite Alc joints (not easy to do) and put together our own, Alchemix. Mixed by United Crates.
Big Noyd – The Unkut Interview
The longest serving member of the Mobb Deep crew not named Havoc or Prodigy is Big Noyd, who was along for the ride through all of the highs and lows that the music industry had to throw at them, as well as surviving his fair share of challenging experiences as a soloist. Currently living in North Carolina, Rapper Noyd is currently working on his fourth official solo album with his old QB buddy Ron Artest aka Metta World Peace, and he took some time out to speak in detail about his long career in the rap game.
Robbie: How did it all start for you?
Big Noyd: We all were friends first, before rap. I used to be up in Queensbridge, then I moved to Brooklyn to stay with my aunts for a couple of years. Before I left, we used to listen to rap but we wasn’t really doing it. When I came back to visit on the weekend, Scarface Twin [Gambino] was like, “Yo, Havoc and Prodigy are in the studio. They signed with 4th & Broadway and they working on a rap album.” I was like, “Get the fuck outta here! Wow…cool.” I went there just to hang out in the studio and they were working on “Stomp ‘Em Out” and I was rhyming in there, I liked the beat. I was just doing what I liked to do, my own little rhyme, and then they heard it and they were like, “Yo, repeat that rhyme again! That’s perfect for this song we working on.” I was like, “Well if anything I’ll write a new verse.” Cos this verse was on something I was working on just for myself at the time – no record companies or anything like that – I had to be about fourteen years old. They were like, “Can you write another one? It won’t take that much time?” I write faster now, but back then it took me about an hour. I laid down the sixteen bars and it was perfect – history begin.
Video: Boldy James – What’s The Word
New video from the mighty My 1st Chemistry Set LP, which I’m still hoping gets a vinyl release one day.
via Mass Appeal.
Video: Prodigy and Alchemist – IMDKV
Spiked Bat P delivers the official video for my pick from the Albert Einstein LP. Not quite on the level of the Unkut TV version in Prospect Park, but what can do?
Download: The Alchemist x Agallah – The Past and Present Album
Set off 2014 correctly with this new collection of old and new ALC/Crookie Monster tracks for your Benzi box.
The Alchemist feat. Action Bronson and Roc Marciano – Pool Hall Hustler
This dropped a week ago but is still worth mentioning regardless, courtesy of The Cutting Room Floor, Volume 3, which compiles some quality ALC loosies that you’ve heard elsewhere into an easily digestible package. Pause.
Video: Boldy James – Moochie
While this doesn’t reach the dizzying heights that my home-made “You Know” video achieved, it’s good to finally see a video for Boldy James’ “Ebonics” update. Note the typo when he explains what a “bid” is though…
Step Brothers – Ron Carter
Evidence and Alchemist drop a non-LP cut while they prepare to drop the Step Brothers LP. I fux with this instrumental heavy.
Video: Boldy James – You Know [Unkut TV Edition]
Outstanding track from Boldy James‘ My First Chemistry Set album, produced by the Alchemist and set to the visuals of a dive bar at 4 am, where a couple of long-haired young space cadets attempt to win the affections of an equally intoxicated red-head.
Ten Great Big Twins Tracks
Big Twins The Project Kid was the last classic QB rap album, with the combined efforts of Sid Roams, Alchemist and Jake One providing the perfect soundtrack to the gravel-voiced stand-out of the Infamous Mobb. He’s also provided the perfect foil for Prodigy on a number of occasions, as Gambino and P make for a good combination like Pepsi and Pop Rocks. Here are ten great Twins tracks for you to thun out to:
Video: Willie The Kid – Let The Money Stay
Second video from the Masterpiece EP with Alchemist. Can we get a clip for “Glasses of Water” next?
Video: Agallah – Identity Theft
More Alan The Chemist action with this new one from Agallah Don Bishop aka 8 Off, taken from the Red V mixtape, complete with another $2 video.
Eight Alchemist Productions I Missed The First Time Around
In honor of the greatest chemist of our generation, Walter White, taking his final bow as the greatest TV drama of all time comes to an end, here are eight tracks cooked up in the lab by the Alchemist which I overlooked when they first dropped for one reason or another.
Boldy James – Moochie
Martorialist makes some good points regarding why this track works. East Coast Elitist restrictions may have to be slightly relaxed if Alchemist keeps spreading the thun language out mid-west.
Video: Durag Dynasty feat. Prodigy – Fish Meat
Still can’t remember who the other two dudes in the crew are, but what can you do?
Willie The Kid – The Unkut Interview
Although he’s been dropping music since 2006, the last two years have really seen Willie The Kid solidify his spot as one of the nicest MC’s in the game, bringing his own unique spin to the free-form, stream-of-consciousness flow that many have tried but few have mastered. I caught up with him last week to discuss where he’s been and where he’s going. His latest EP, Masterpiece Theatre, with The Alchemist, dropped yesterday. Check for Nah Right’s detailed listener’s guide while you’re at it.
Robbie: Where did you grow up?
Willie The Kid: I grew-up in West Michigan, Grand Rapids. My older brother and my family are from New York, which is often attributed to me. I left Grand Rapids to go to college down in Atlanta, and that’s when things really started to pick up for me. As far as doing music? It started back in Michigan. My father collected records – vinyl – all different genres, so music was always a big part of my household, growing up. Then my older brother went on and eventually signed a record deal and worked closely with Wu-Tang Clan, which gave me a really close view into how the music business works and took all the aspirations I had to wanna be a rapper and made them a reality. Where I’m from is not really a hub for hip-hop music, so I had to leave. I had to go to New York, L.A. or Atlanta. New York sounded good, ‘cos my family’s from New York, L.A. sounded good but it’s kinda far away, but Atlanta gave me an opportunity to go where the music was thriving at the time, as well as attend college and pursue my degree.