Alchemist The Fed: “I Brought The Bong To Queensbridge”
When you guys first started working together, were there any kind of good stories that you guys can remember and pinpoint like, “Oh that was back in that era.”
A: There was one time I came through with this outfit on, man… [Points to a picture of Macklemore in a fur mink], crazy dope. P was impressed by my chinchilla, you know what I’m saying? That was a big moment.
P: I thought Alchemist was a Fed when I first met him. I used to be on some paranoid shit, ’cause I was running around being wild. So when he first came and he was playing the beats, you know, it’s hard for me to trust people right away. So I’m like, “Alright, his beats are dope, but who is this motherfucker man?” ‘Cause a lot of my niggas, they just bring new niggas around a lot. A lot of my people, they always bringing somebody new around, and I be stand-offish. I don’t take kindly to new people and whatnot. So I like the beats, but I’m looking at him like, “Who is this kid man?” Thought he was a Fed, yo.
A: [Laughs] Came in the form of a producer like, “Yo, they’re getting intense now. They got some agents.”
P: I was like the Feds are getting nice [Laughs]. They training their fucking agents to make beats so they could infiltrate. [Laughs]
A: I remember you told me that recently and I remember I asked P, I was laughing, “So when did you realize I wasn’t an agent?” He was like, “When I seen you making some beats, man.” Like, he realized it was real and I was like “alright cool, good looking.”
P: Nah but I was really afraid at first, you know what I’m saying? Make sure he official.
A: Then freeze! Twenty years standing [Laughs].
P: I knew it!
A: This is it. Word up.
P: 20 years later. Crazy! [But] the first day I met him and I heard the beats I already knew. I got a good ear, a pretty good ear, and I already knew he was doing something on another level.
Is it true that you actually taught Big Twinz and the rest of the Mobb how to smoke a bong?
A: I showed him how to smoke a bong. Punched him in the chest so that he would inhale it, then he spilled the whole bong on the floor. I mean, you know, I probably introduced—that’s a horrible thing right?—I introduced the bong to them. Yeah that’s what I did. I get that attribute man, I brought the bong to Queensbridge.
P: The problem is that knowing Al, that was the first time I drank bong water [Laughs]. After you hit the bong, you gotta drink the water. [Laughs]
A: It was funny though definitely. I definitely don’t think I’ve ever seen that, and me coming from LA, I didn’t really smoke blunts like that, you know. I started seeing how they used to—you know how they used to unravel the fucking Swisher and it was like this whole process? Unroll it this and put the outside back on—it was like upholstering a fucking couch.
P: I never did that
A: Yeah it was mad work. Unravel it, put it back. But that shit was—I ended up learning how to do that but then I started learning how to roll it without the outside parts. So then they used to be like, “Yo, roll up an Alchemist.” Cause it was like the part without, I used to roll them without the extra fucking layer. That shit was nasty. Like why do we need this much tobacco? Give me a bong.
P: I used to just split the Dutch down the middle with my nail. Roll it up, all that taking your time, laying it out. Like come on dog, you doing surgery.