The Alchemist
1st Infantry


3.5
great

Review

by Joe Schmoh USER (73 Reviews)
December 30th, 2009 | 19 replies | 5,194 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Alchemist kicks his stripped down street sound for MC's to rip, and it's mostly good.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Alchemist’s butt must hurt, because for his entire he’s been sitting on fences. Between mainstream and commercial, between hardcore and soft, and never quite breaking through one way or the other. He started out as Mobb Deep’s in-house producer and moved all the way up to being Eminem’s DJ, but still never managed to push his way out of the box of fame that he lived in during the extent of his career. In 2004, Alc somehow managed to produce a charting single in the form of “Hold You Down”, and got enough support to record an effort with a couple of artists that he’s produced for that owe him back, and recorded 1st Infantry, an album that sounds more like a mixtape in its off-the-cuff nature, but still manages to sound thoroughly cohesive.

1st Infantry’s strength is in it’s cohesive sound, due to Alchemist’s production chops. On his debut, Alchemist is caught mixing his penchant chipmunk soul-samples with an ominous, brooding atmosphere perfect for gritty mixtape raps to occur. Alc’s beats sound like a modern-iized version of the influential Mobb Deep debut The Infamous, benefitting from Alchemist’s musical experience with Mobb Deep. Particularly, he shines when these pure street rappers try their hand in rapping on tracks, like the inclosing haunted house organs of Mobb Deep and The LOX’s “D-Block to QB”, the Spaghetti Western-undertones of Lloyd Bank’s “Bangers, or the rattling keys of The Game and Prodigy’s “Dead Bodies”.

The rapping is what makes 1st Infantry not the classic it aims to be. Jadakiss, Styles P, and Sheek Louch continue to spit their street politics on “The Essence” and “D-Block to QB”, Stat Quo sounds oddly alert on the lively “Stop The Show”, Devin The Dude’s women tales “Where Can We Go” are full entertaining, and Lloyd Bank shows his true colors as a decent punchline MC on his own “Bangers, but the rest of the MC’s sound uninspired or were just bad in the first place. Prodigy’s woozy, pain-drenched threats sound pathetic, and most of the other MC’s sound just as generic on their performances. But that’s where the album’s cohesive sound comes back into play, because these street tales, as uninspired as they can be, mixes well with Alchemist’s full sound, and creates a dark, thug atmosphere perfect for this type of music.

For a white kid, Alchemist certainly knows how to create a street record! 1st Infantry has a couple of completely stand-out weird tracks that sound out-of place like Chinky’s solo whine R&b track “Strength and Pain” and T.I’s poor weed carrier P$C track “Pimp Squad”, but it’s smooth going nonetheless. 1st Infantry is a good first effort from Alchemist, and shows a lot of promise from one of hip hop’s better beat smiths.



Recent reviews by this author
Rick Ross Teflon DonKrallice Dimensional Bleedthrough
Method Man and Redman Blackout!Pharrell In My Mind
Freddie Gibbs The Miseducation Of Freddie GibbsE-40 Revenue Retrievin': Night Shift
user ratings (13)
Chart.
3.5
great

Comments:Add a Comment 
hydeyomoney
December 30th 2009



934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sweet album

TheEnforcer
December 31st 2009



270 Comments


You aren't very clear on what the concept of the album is and while you do a fair few reviews this rather short one is lacking in quality, neg'd.

hydeyomoney
December 31st 2009



934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You aren't very clear on what the concept of the album


umm may i ask

what the are you even talking about?

TheEnforcer
December 31st 2009



270 Comments


You don't seem to balance out your thoughts very well in the way you construct your paragraphs, hate to say.

hydeyomoney
December 31st 2009



934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you seem to be coming up with new criticisms to balance the fact that you aren't even explaining you first ones. Don't understand the concept? Unbalanced-out thoughts in a paragraph? GIVE ME SOME EXAMPLES instead of living in vaguesville.

TheEnforcer
December 31st 2009



270 Comments


ok here it is.

"1st Infantry’s strength is in it’s cohesive sound, due to Alchemist’s production chops."

what does that even mean?

And your last paragraph is a terrible run on sentence.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
December 31st 2009



4939 Comments


i thought you were going to make an anal rape joke when i first started reading ha

TheEnforcer
December 31st 2009



270 Comments


And another thing using "street" language

"Alchemist’s butt must hurt"

does not make your review sound funny or clever but rather tacky and trashy.

hydeyomoney
December 31st 2009



934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5


For a white kid, Alchemist certainly knows how to create a street record!1st Infantry has a couple of completely stand-out weird tracks that sound out-of place like Chinky’s solo whine R&b track “Strength and Pain” and T.I’s poor weed carrier P$C track “Pimp Squad”, but it’s smooth going nonetheless. 1st Infantry is a good first effort from Alchemist, and shows a lot of promise from one of hip hop’s better beat smiths.


there's a wording issues i'd change, but the thing i think you're looking at isn't a run-on at all.

and yeah that one sentence is crap i'm going to change that. Doesn't feel like it's worth a neg tho. Maybe not worth a pos either, but eh.

TheEnforcer
December 31st 2009



270 Comments


Well I am not here to be your friend I am here to judge your writing ability's, when I write a review in the next few days you will understand more so on how to write a more exuberant review.

hydeyomoney
December 31st 2009



934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I see your criticisms for sure but blah whateva.

thanks anyway.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
December 31st 2009



4939 Comments


TehEforcers butt hurts but not b/c he's sitting on afence


TheEnforcer
December 31st 2009



270 Comments


TheEnforcers butt would only hurt because you keep grabbing it while I continue to ask you kindly to
knock it off.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
December 31st 2009



4939 Comments


gzzz

hydeyomoney
December 31st 2009



934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Only after you ask him for dinner kingsoby.

AggravatedYeti
December 31st 2009



7684 Comments


^ nah this dude seems like the type who waits a few dates before any booty pinching.
you may have to wine & dine for a lil while Soby

also I forgot about this album, it's good.

somberlain
December 31st 2009



2121 Comments


Dude you beat me to it, I was thinking of reviewing this. I really like“Where Can We Go”. good review

HalfManHalfAmazing
November 30th 2010



565 Comments


I've only heard Tick Tock and that track is pretty sweet

HalfManHalfAmazing
November 30th 2010



565 Comments


Decent review



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2013 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy