The Alchemist is back with the release of his offerings to the Good Book series he produces with Budgie, part one entitled Joyful Noise and part 2 as God’s Work. Coming in at 47 tracks long it is one of the longest releases in recent memory but due to his ability as a producer to piece things together perfectly, it also serves as one of the most enjoyable to listen.
Alchemist has started off this decade where he left the last one, reminding people why he’s regarded as one of the best to ever do it. Throughout his career, he has worked with a litany of names whether they be big like Kendrick and Eminem or more relatively underground like Mach Hommy and Boldy James. One thing has remained constant though, the sheer quality of the music he attaches his name to.
Projects like No Idols with Domo Genesis and tracks like Keep It Thoro with Prodigy stand out as amazing pieces of his discography, but in reality, you could put most of his releases against other producers and he would come out on top. This recent release serves as a testament to not only his ability but his longevity within the game.
Starting off in 1991 as part of The Whooliganz, the duo didn’t make much noise and their album was shelved by Tommy Boy, but as the decade went on he began to develop his ability for producing and didn’t look back. He worked on Mobb Deep’s Murda Muzik and as the decade drew to a close he began to become closely associated with the duo and then started to work with names like Snoop Dogg, Ghostface Killah and Nas to name a few.
Last decade is the one that stands out to me for him though, as he became a veteran in the game. He began to work with newer artists, and keep up with the other producers around him to make some of the best music the decade had to offer. Whether it’s full collaborative projects or loosies, Alchemist has put his stamp everywhere and deservedly so. Listen to tracks like Elimination Chamber (off of No Idols) or Break the Bank off of Oxymoron and see how his style can fit in any time of year, in any decade of hip-hop.
The Good Book 1&2 offer us some staples of Alchemist’s production style, heavy soul samples and hard-hitting piano keys for example. When you hear one of his beats you know it. It’s his knack for putting somebody onto a certain beat which is what helps him standout though, as you can see why he chose to put Bronson and Domo on The G Code and not something like Judgement Day (although I’m sure they could rap their way through).
This is something hip hop fans need to hear, part 2 is littered with features, a lot more so than part 1 but both are something special. Purchase/stream below on his Bandcamp and be sure to keep your ear open for more from Uncle Al.
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