Merriam-Webster defines "alchemy" thusly:

A medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of the base metals into gold, the discovery of a universal cure for disease, and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life.

For the past twenty years Alchemist has applied these alchemical principles to the mystic art of hip hop production. An ace with the MPC, his sampling wizardry has won him collaborations with Nas, Lil Wayne, Curren$y, The L.O.X., and Mobb Deep, to name only a few.

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