B-Real of Cypress Hill and super producer Scott Storch recently through social media announced a full-fledged collaborative album is in the works. The project should be memorable with B-Real still able to maintain relevancy after being in the game for nearly 30 years and Scott Storch focused and ready to bring it like it is 2006 again. To hold over fans in the meantime Cypress Hill will be dropping their long awaited album Elephants on Acid soon led by the recently released single “Band of Gypsies”. Another super producer B-Real should look into doing an entire album with outside of Cypress Hill is Daniel Maman better known as The Alchemist.
Cypress Hill – Band of Gypsies
B-Real and Alchemist’s relationship wages all the way back to the early 90’s. At the time Alchemist was part of a duo hip hop group called The Whooliganz. Back then Alchemist went by Mudfoot and was accompanied by Scott Caan, son of James Caan who went by Mad Skillz. B-Real brought them into the Soul Assassins group, essentially an extended family of Cypress Hill. The Whooliganz would be an opening act on Cypress Hill’s tour in support of their most successful album to date Black Sunday. The Whooliganz would ultimately land a record deal with Tommy Boy Records. A single called “Put Your Handz Up” produced by DJ Lethal from the House of Pain would be released. However the album, Make Way for the W tied the single would get shelved.
The Whooliganz – Put Your Handz Up (prod. by DJ Lethal)
As a result the group broke up with Scott Caan following in his father’s footsteps becoming an actor and Daniel Maman staying in the music industry but shifting focus as a producer and eventually becoming The Alchemist. He was mentored initially by DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill and then later on with Havoc and Prodigy of Mobb Deep. A remix of Cypress Hill’s “(Rap) Superstar” would be the first track he produced associated with B-Real. The track would appear on Cypress Hill’s 2002 EP titled Stash. Alchemist and B-Real would link up again on the song “Bang Out” from Alchemist’s 2004 debut album 1st Infantry.
Cypress Hill – (Rap) Superstar (remix) (prod. by The Alchemist)
B-Real – Bang Out (prod. by The Alchemist)
Then Alchemist produced “Body Somethin” from B-Real’s 2006 mixtape The Gunslinger Part II: Fistfull of Dollars. This was followed by “6 minutes” from B-Real’s 2009 solo debut album Smoke N Mirrors. Alchemist would then return to his roots rapping along with Cypress Hill on “Pass The Dutch” under the moniker of Step Brothers. Step Brothers consisted of Alchemist and Evidence from Dilated Peoples. The track itself appeared on Cypress Hill’s last release, 2010’s Rise Up.
B-Real – Body Somethin (prod. by The Alchemist)
Cypress Hill – Pass The Dutch feat. Alchemist & Evidence
A full body of work from B-Real, produced by Alchemist would be welcomed by fans. The fellow Soul Assassins have done high caliber work together over the years. B-Real brought Alchemist into the fold many years ago, giving him his break. Knowing that, Alchemist would do everything in his power to produce the best album possible.