According to myth, within a branch of metallurgical science an Alchemist had the power to transform base metals into gold while philosophically speaking that gift could also be defined as turning something ordinary into something extraordinary. Stemming from the Arabic word “Al-Kimiya” this discipline incorporated mystical, spiritual and metaphysical ideas, practiced in ancient cultures including Mesopotamia, Egypt, Arabia, India, and Greece. Somehow that gift found it’s way into California native Alan Maman who goes by the pseudonym The Alchemist. His ability as a beat maker to transform a sample into a raw form of expression and classic street anthems has translated to RIAA Gold Album Sales and quickly made him one to watch in the new millennium era of hip-hop. The production efforts of Alchemist have often been described as grimy soundscapes, sinister with dark undertones, manifesting into thugged-out anthems that have created a discography of wide range MCs from backpackers to gang bangers, underground to multi-platinum and Cali MC’s to Brooklyn’s finest. Whether he’s creating vintage classics or minimal masterpieces his signature spooky high-pitched keys, haunting violin strings or ’70s-blaxploitation-film-soundtrack sounds, the chemicals in his laboratory are intoxicating.