The Alchemist is a known staple of hip-hop. Alc is closely affiliated with Dilated Peoples and Mobb Deep, but his connections run deeper than that. Throughout his 20-year career, the Los Angeles producer has gone on to get placements with hip-hop heavyweights like Lil Wayne, Nas and Cam’ron. Considered one of the greatest to ever touch the boards, Alc is still keeping himself busy with new projects by Evidence and Boldy James.

XXL wanted to revisit some of Alchemist’s best beats. Why? Because Alc’s output has never faltered. Combing through years of his production, you would be hard-pressed to find one that didn’t pique your ears. So, as we enter the gritty styling of Alc, here are 15 of his classics to nod your head to. --Eric Diep And Dan Jackson