The Alchemist is a renowned DJ, record producer, and rapper hailing from Beverly Hills, CA. His collaborations have resulted in various projects alongside Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Curren$y, Action Bronson, Fashawn, Domo Genesis, Durag Dynasty, Kempi, Boldy James, and many others. The producer, born on October 25, 1977, as Daniel Alan Maman, teamed up in 1991 with Scott Caan, who at the time went by “Mad Skillz,” to form the Whooliganz. When Tommy Boy Records shelved the group’s debut in 1993, the Alchemist began to focus on producing beats. In the late ‘90s, through a friendship with Evidence, the beat Maker became one of the primary producers for Evidence’s group, Dilated Peoples. During this time, Maman began producing for another prominent hip-hop group, Mobb Deep. For the group’s 1999 album Murda Muzik, The Alchemist produced “Thug Muzik” and “The Realest.” After prominent production work with rappers like Nas, Fat Joe, Ghostface Killah, and Prodigy the producer finally released his rap debut in 2004, 1st Infantry. The album contained the single “Hold You Down” featuring Prodigy, Illa Ghee, and Nina Sky which broke into the Billboard 100 at #95. The album, Chemical Warfare, followed in 2009 featuring collaborations many of raps finest including Snoop Dogg, Prodigy, and Pusha T. Russian Roulette was released in 2012 and featured samples of Soviet music with sparse verses from Action Bronson, Danny Brown, and Schoolboy Q. A year later, Alchemist linked with Prodigy to release Albert Einstein. In 2016, he teamed up with the other half of Mobb Deep, Havoc, for The Silent Partner album. He is also slated to produce the rapper’s upcoming solo effort.
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