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Alchemist: Chemical Warfare

[Editor's Note: There was a misprint in the August 2009 issue of XXL. The Alchemist's album received an L rating for its beats and an XL for its lyrics. The correct rating is an XL for the beats and L for lyrics.]

Chemical warfare
(E1 Music)

Following the same format as 2004’s 1st Infantry, Alchemist recruits a capable lineup of rappers for his new disc, Chemical Warfare. With the usual suspects, like Prodigy and Jadakiss, still in tow, this go-round, the Beverly Hills–bred producer offers several unexpected collaborations, and surprise attacks as well.
It isn’t every day that you hear Three 6 Mafia and Juvenile over an Alc beat, but on “That’ll Work,” the producer’s bouncy take on crunk wins. Juve steals the show with a fast-paced flow, while Juicy J chooses his usual stop-and-go rhyme pattern on the standout track. Another remarkable pairing comes from Maxwell and Twista, who, respectively, provide a soulful hook and awe-inspiring verses on the slow-paced hip-hop love fest “Smile.” Hardcore fans need not worry, though, as Eminem links with Al and gets down and dirty on the album’s title track, offering to “eat the fuckin’ Octomom’s pussy lips with some okra/While I watch Whoopi Goldberg scissoring Oprah.”

Not all the artists have as much chemistry, however. The bass-farting “On Sight,” which links Lady of Rage and Tha Dogg Pound, only seems to fulfill the West Coast quota, and Prodigy’s sex talk over Al’s pulsating drums on “Keep the Heels On” just sounds creepy. Still, in all, Chemical Warfare proves that Alchemist keeps an arsenal of WMDs just in case shit jumps off. –Jesse Gissen

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  • Pierzy

    I don’t know…I’ve heard that DPG/Rage song and it knocks!

    1st Infantry was underrated so I’m not sure what to expect…

    • big lee

      alchemist and 36 mafia! unstoppable!

  • murK

    ALC Theme is a problem!

    1st Infantry is underated, ‘tick tock’ was ill

  • heflys

    If this had been a Kanye album, it would’ve gotten an XL. This album ain’t nothing but pure heat.

  • fyasko51

    Chemical Warfare is the nuts…DPG/Lady of Rage track is serious heat, XXL just dont have love for the WestCoast…One Thing though, how in the hell did Jim “Fake Ass” Jones beat out this album…Oh wait I found out, y’all be jocking Dipset…

    • TheRefriedMexican

      I agree that DPG/LOR track is fire! XXL mag is just like The Sauce magazine. Always hating on the west coast

  • joe p

    i personally like this album alot … all the beats are serious … has a good combination of rappers … overall very good … that jay stay paid ( j dilla ) is the shit tho !!!

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  • TeGo

    you fuckin serious…

  • JMann229

    man that whole alblum is fire, i like that song by KRS-ONE is one of my favorites but they’re all good to me, better than this soulja boy hurricane chris bullshit i been hearing for the past 2 years

  • http://www.last.fm/user/KoldShadow KoldShadow

    4/5 stars for me, so I would’ve given it an XL. I do agree with the comment about “Keep the Heels On”, though, I was totally creeped out by P’s seductive raps. It does remind me of two really hot pics, though: