Alchemist Speaks On Hooking Up With Maxwell, Upcoming LPs With Oh No & Evidence [With Exclusive Pics]

On the New York set of the video for his lead single, “Smile,” from his upcoming album, Chemical Warfare, The Alchemist spoke to XXLMag.com about his group of high-profile collaborations in the works.

For one, in addition to Twista, “Smile” features an appearance from legendarily reclusive soul singer Maxwell. “I definitely feel like it was special and was meant to be because I don’t always collaborate with R&B artists,” ALC said of hooking up with Max. “If we just wanted him for a song and didn’t know him, it wouldn’t have happened. It was just circumstances of life that led us to do this record. I feel like super lucky, where every time I see Max, I overly thank him. He’s like, ‘We good! Your shit is dope.’”

The collaboration was the result of encounters between the two on the NY club scene, resulting in only the second feature from Maxwell in the past decade or so—the only other coming on the 2004 Nas song “No On Else In The Room. “From going out and just living in New York, there’s a couple of friends of mine downtown who do parties—DJ Jus Ske and my man, Richie Akiva—who were also friends with Max,” detailed Alc. “A couple nights when I was out with them, he was there, too. We chopped it up and realized there’s a mutual respect and after a couple more times of seeing him, decided to do something.”

Boasting a wide range of guests, Chemical Warfare will also feature KRS-One, Kool G Rap, Jadakiss, Snoop Dogg, Crooked I, Talib Kweli, Juvenile, Three 6 Mafia, Dilated Peoples, Tha Dogg Pound, and Lady of Rage. “I try to level it out as far as working with artists from different regions,” The Alchemist said.

Next on the producer’s plate will be an effort from Gangrene, the duo comprised of ALC and Cali rapper-producer Oh No. “We go two videos shot and the album done,” he shared. “I’d like to say Gangrene will follow my album in August.”

The project with longtime friend, Dilated Peoples MC, Evidence, will also follow, but not until the “top of next year.” “With Ev, he knows me so well that he’s more selective,” said Alc. “He’ll go through my beats like going through a sock drawer because he can. We sometimes take longer to work but I believe in that project a lot. Me and him work daily so it’s in the pipeline.”

Chemical Warfare hits stores on June 2. - Devin Chanda

Peep these exclusive photos from the “Smile” video shoot by Thomas Stigler

  • http://www.ronmexicocity.com Ron Mexico

    what?! alchemist hooked up with maxwell?

    wait til bossip gets hold of this!

  • Prick James

    ALC got beats… That “Smile” joint is blazin’, especially that Twista verse(how he speeds the flow up in phenominal… Oh No’s the shit, Oxperiment and ChinaTown Wars bang like dropped plates… Plus looking for that Evidence Radio, Exile’s that dude on the MP!

    • http://www.myspace.com/emcdlthemusicprofile EmCDL

      Yeah co-sign…dude is one of my favorite producers, top 5 hands down. Ain’t never heard a wack beat from him

      And yeah Exile is a straight beast on the MPC!

  • $ykotic

    I like Alchemist but…

    Didn’t Buckshot and 9th Wonder just do an album called “The Formula” with a promo picture similar to that?

    Maxwell Alc?

  • yoprince

    pause that

  • dwi

    been waiting for ALC to do drop somethin new!

  • HU

    The Twista track with Maxwell is raw as hell. Twista is about to kill the game this summer with Category F5 on June 16th. He’s one of the only artists to put solid effort into every track he does. You may not like the different styles but each leaked track so far is good within its own right. On Top ft. Akon for techno rap lovers, Wetter, She Got It ft. Bobby V. for the clubs, No Love ft. The Game and Spice 1 for the streets.

  • Beast McCoy

    What happens when my favorite male r&b singer meets up with one of my favorite producers? Hopefully Magic. The last album I bought from ALC was “The Alchemist Cookbook” which was straight fire so needless to say I think I will be buying this project on day one.

  • adrian smith

    alchemist beats are sick we gonna make it styles p jadakiss flava dope as fuck england barbados

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