The Alchemist (born Alan Daniel Maman, October 25, 1977) is an American hip hop producer, DJ and rapper from Beverly Hills, California. After rising to prominence in the late 1990s as a close associate of Dilated Peoples and Mobb Deep, he went on to produce for many of hip-hop's leading artists in the 2000s, and has been hailed as one of the genre's leading producers. He is currently working as a DJ with Eminem and is also signed to his label Shady Records.
Early in his career The Alchemist became associated with Shifty Shellshock of Crazy Town, Evidence of Dilated Peoples and Scott Caan the son of actor James Caan. He and Scott decided to become a duo named The Whooliganz. While rhyming at a party in L.A., they attracted the attention of B-Real of Cypress Hill. He invited the teens to join his crew, The Soul Assassins, which also included the groups House of Pain and Funkdoobiest.
In 1993 the Whooliganz released their first single, “Put Your Handz Up.” The song received little radio airplay and their record label, Tommy Boy Records, decided to shelve their album. Rejected, Caan focused his creative energy on acting while The Alchemist became interested in process of making hip-hop beats DJ Muggs took him under his wing and taught him how to use a sampler and mixing board. After helping to produce a few tracks for Cypress Hill, The Alchemist became the main producer for his childhood friend, Evidence and his group Dilated Peoples.
In 1999, Muggs introduced The Alchemist to his good friends, the popular hip-hop group Mobb Deep. The Alchemist produced two songs for their “Murda Muzik” album. Impressed by his production skills and street smarts, Mobb Deep took him under their wing, using his beats on all of their subsequent albums.
As Alchemist's profile increased, he went on to produce for many of hip-hop's most successful and prominent artists, such as Nas, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Ghostface Killah and Snoop Dogg. He has also remixed songs for bands and artists in other genres such as Linkin Park and Morcheeba. He also enjoys producing for lesser-known underground rappers.
In 2004, six years after his rapping career folded, The Alchemist returned with his long-awaited debut album, “1st Infantry.” The album yielded the hit single “Hold You Down” featuring Prodigy, Illa Ghee and Nina Sky, which hit #95 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in 2005. Alchemist was signed on as the official tour DJ for Eminem on the 2005 Anger Management 3 Tour, replacing the recently-ousted DJ Green Lantern. In 2006, Eminem released a mixtape called “Eminem Presents: The Re-Up.” With the Alchemist as his official DJ, he produced a handful of tracks on the mixtape, as well as compiling the album in a mixtape fashion.
In 2007, the Alchemist and his friend and rapper Prodigy, came together for a studio album called “Return of the Mac,” that came out in March 2007. In 2009, The Alchemist produced a mixtape with the rapper Fashawn, called “The Antidote.”
“Chemical Warfare,” his second studio album, was released in 2009. Guest appearing on the record included Evidence, Fabolous, Mobb Deep, Dilated Peoples, Kool G Rap, Pusha T, Jadakiss, Nina Sky, Snoop Dogg, Twista, Maxwell, Three 6 Mafia, Juvenile, Eminem, Prodigy and KRS-One. The first song released from the album was “Keys to the City,” which featured Prodigy and Nina Sky. The first official single was “Lose Your Life,” featuring Jadakiss, Snoop Dogg and Pusha T.
The Alchemist and rapper/producers Oh No teamed to form the group Gangrene issuing the “Sawblade EP” and the studio album “Gutter Water” in 2010. They followed, sharing production duties, with the album, “Greenberg,” in 2011 and the EP, “Odditorium” and LP, “Vodka & Ayahuasca,” in 2012.
In 2011 he signed to Eminem’s Shady Records. In the middle of 2011, The Alchemist and the rapper Curren$y came together for the mixtape “Covert Coup.” The Alchemist produced the mixtape. His solo project, “Russian Roulette,” which was a concept album comprised of Russian songs, was issued by Shady Records in 2012. Featured artists on the project included acts such as Evidence, Fashawn, Roc Marciano, Action Bronson, Guilty Simpson, Danny Brown, Schoolboy Q, and Big Twins.