Hi there, please find below another entry into the ongoing series into Alchemist’s production discography.
Welcome to my annual weeklong dedication to The Alchemist that doubles as a celebration of the man’s birthday (October 25th).
It’s been five years since I started dedicating a week/more than a week to Alchemist and each year my fondness for him grows. He might be the G.O.A.T. producer in rap when he decides to stop making records. He already is my G.O.A.T producer.
As Alchemist continues producing in his early forties, his productivity does not stop. His output is impressive. In fact, it keeps increasing, as new collaborative EPs, instrumental albums and other side projects are becoming the norm. The man is a machine and he does not stop. Even with this much material, I, and many other fans, still fiend for more music. It’s insane.
Enough of the chit chat, hopefully you enjoy the content, as I do creating/thinking of it.
And happy g day to Alchemist.
New annual series where I talk about a record and try to make a claim for it being Joe’s best record.
I know “best” is subjective but if it can be nearly universally recognized as a great, dope record than that gives it some merit to join the “best” category for that artist.
This record deals with relationships: those with your friends/peers, parents and significant others. Three big verses but none quite as powerful as the second one.
This record is fire, that Slaughterhouse and DJ Premier chemistry is off the charts! I wished they had done more records together or something in the sense of what Prhyme is.
This is what was expected from Slaughterhouse: collaborations with rap’s best to help highlight some of the best rap lyricists.
Before the Instagram lives, Facebooks lives and Twitter lives, (lives as in live video) there were other social media platforms that had the idea. Sites like Ustream and Blog TV dedicated themselves to offering that service.
Joe, always in tuned with the Internet, was on the forefront of rappers that welcomed the new straight to consumer platform. Shit, Joe has been talking to his fans since forever. Just listen to “Sing For The Moment” as an example.
Ten years ago, Joe Budden released the record “Slaughterhouse” on his Halfway House.
The record features obscure (sorry!) rappers at that time: Crooked I, Royce Da 5’9”, Joell Ortiz and the forgotten one, Nino Bless. (Please don’t take that as disrespect to Nino.)
Joe Budden is a veteran of rap battles/beef.
He’s had friction with many rappers at different times in his career, ranging from inferior rappers to the very best. He’s taken on Jay Z, G-Unit (with the Game), Prodigy, Saigon, Ransom, Drake and his own group mate, Royce Da 5’9”. Through it all, he survived each and every one and arguably, came out victorious if you ask some people.
That is until the Lil’ B interaction arrived.