If we believe everything we are told, Alchemist and Evidence are in Amsterdam primarily to take drugs. As a sideline, they’re also “promoting the shit out of” their debut album as Step Brothers, ‘Lord Steppington’, an album they claim is about a pizza boy. In a recent US radio interview they said he was a Starbucks Barista, and when contested they react: “Weekday job and weekend job are very different things, my friend.”
Continuing a joke from a previous run in with the duo, they maintain to me that they only worked on the record on Thursdays, and when questioned on the length of time it’s been in progress, Evidence laughs. “That’s why it took so long. It’s important that, that came up. That’s my point exactly. We did every Thursday for like a year.” Alchemist reinforces the position: “Many Thursdays ago!”
Beverley Hills super-producer, rapper and DJ, Alchemist – responsible for hits by the likes of Mobb Deep, Jadakiss, Styles P, Nas, Cam’Ron, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross, not to mention touring the world as Eminem’s DJ – and Venice Beach rapper, producer, photographer and graffiti artist, Evidence – best known for being a member of pioneering West Coast hip-hop trio Dilated Peoples – have been working together since high school.
The pair initially met via mutual friend Scott Caan, son of Godfather actor James Caan, now known for acting roles in Entourage and Hawaii Five-O. At the time, Scott went under the moniker Mad Skillz, and was one half The Whooliganz with Alchemist (then Mudfoot) – who reemerge on Lord Steppington highlight ‘Byron G’, and reportedly have a track recorded with Action Bronson that we will hopefully hear later this year.
Alchemist has had a prolific 2013: releasing albums with Bronson, Prodigy (of Mobb Deep), Boldy James, Durag Dynasty and Willie The Kid; placing tracks on projects by Earl Sweatshirt, Mac Miller, Joey Bada$$ and Roc Marciano; and still has material in the vault awaiting release this year.