XXL: “The Realest” off Murda Muzik was the first time you guys actually worked together. How did that come about?
Alchemist: That was through Infamous Mobb, who I hooked up with when I moved out to New York, through [DJ] Muggs [of Cypress Hill]. I was working with them first. I remember Muggs was like, “Yo, these young dudes are down with the Mobb and they got crazy energy and they’re young.” And you know, I was Muggs’ little homie, so we hooked up and then I remember, we were working in D&D, and we started doing thug music originally. I remember we thought it was going to be an Infamous Mobb sound, and I remember they called P on the phone—I didn’t know P yet—and were like, “Yo, I want you to hear this.” Maybe they were lying now that I think about it. I think it might have been [Ron] Gotti or somebody, but they were like “Yo, we’re gonna play it for P.” And I was like “Oh shit, no.” And then they told later that they wanted to bring it to the studio so P could get on it and maybe make an album. That’s how we started working. It was funny because every time I would come through, Hav would be there or P would be there. I would come through, I had this one DAT with mad beats on it and that’s how “The Realest” came about, ‘cause it was one beat on there that they both on separate occasions would go, “Yo, I like that one.” You know what I mean? And that ended up being that beat.
Before that, you had worked with guys like Dilated Peoples, Tha Alkaholiks, The High and Mighty. P, had you heard some of what he’d done with underground MCs prior to working with him?
Prodigy: Nah, the first time I heard Al [was] when he came to the studio with that DAT and played me them beats. That was the first time I ever met him and heard of him. As soon as I heard the beats I was like, “Wait a minute, what’s going on here?”