Reviewed by MΛζλ for illRoots
One of the most respected beatmakers in hip-hop, The Alchemist name holds weight like few others. On Rappers Best Friend, you get 14 instrumental versions of the producer's past collaborations with a varied group of artists that includes Scarface, Dilated Peoples, Jadakiss, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, big twin, and Tony Yayo.
The LP starts off with tracks that should be familiar to most hip-hop fans. Bring You Light, Stuck To U and Still Feel Me where all featured on Jadakiss, Snoop Dogg and prodigy's albums respectively.
The album continues with my favorite tracks Shine, Carved In Stone and Guns Is Razors. Throughout these tracks Alchemist demonstrates his unique production ability. On 'Carved in Stone' he used handclaps to give the beat a sense of continuity but lets the drums mess around them. Hearing his tracks without the vocals truly allows you to appreciate the layers of sound he arranges around the sample.