The Alchemist – The Alchemist (born Alan Maman) began his career in L.A and ended up in New York City. As part of the duo the Whooliganz and the greater rap collective the Soul Assassins (with Cypress Hill, House of Pain, etc.), he released the single “Put Your Handz Up” on Tommy Boy. Later, Al hooked up with Queensbridge duo Mobb Deep, producing the songs “The Realest” and “Thug Music” from their 1999 record Murda Muzik. This collaboration led him to work with Pharoahe Monch, Royce da 5’9″, Fat Joe, Defari, Freddy Foxxx, Ludacris, Big Daddy Kane, and Ghostface Killah, and even rock acts like Linkin Park and Morcheeba. In 2004, the Alchemist released his first solo full-length, 1st Infantry, which, besides featuring his own beats, also had him rapping alongside Stat Quo, the Game, Lloyd Banks, Mobb Deep, and Dilated Peoples, among others. In 2005, after Eminem’s DJ Green Lantern left the Anger Management 3 tour, the Detroit rapper hired Al as his replacement.