Anytime Alan the Chemist (the Alchemist) is the executive producer on a song, mix tape, album- or whatever, it’s a must listen in my book. As a native New Yorker I can really appreciate his loop formation and style of production, essentially what I grew up listening to. So, as soon as I peeped, “produced by the Alchemist” on Jay Worthy`s new tape “Fantasy Island”, I thought to myself at least the production will be on point, I gotta hear this. But after my first listen, I admitted I was mistaken. Not only are the beats vibey (made my own word) as heck, but this man Worthy can spit bars like a New York n****a, although he claims to be from Compton. The project begins with “Stepping Out” ft. Sha Hef, and of course the Alchemist mixes a dope sample with some guitar sound while Jay Worthy starts spitting with his usual calm persona. Right from the get the tape engulfs you, and the dopest part is how all the tracks flow into one another like a classic mixtape, which makes this a very easy listen. My personal favorite track has to be the second on the project, “Lost my Lex”, just because of how it makes me actually feel like I’m on a fantasy island with the ocean splashing and birds chirping; then suddenly, the beat drops with Alchemist`s signature beautifully cut sample of Junko Ohashi’s “Rouge Et Noir” followed by Worthy stepping in with so much swag, “But f**k it though, lost my lex, back up in my bunker though”. With features like Big Body Bes, Meyhem Lauren, Rugotti etc. this tape definitely gives you that Action Bronson type of feel, which I happen to love. This style of production is one that has definitely influenced us here at Nerlens Snelren, when we create our art. Although the music industry doesn’t always respect this style of rap, and you probably wont attain much fame taking this route, these artists must understand how much people like us appreciate them. Artists that are not just using the esteemed culture of Hip-Hop for their monetary gain, but shining a light on what made this genre of music, a culture and a movement, continuing to show respect to the roots while introducing their contemporary take on it. I look forward to more projects from Jay Worthy and I recommend this project to anyone who understands hip-hop at a deep level, at the same time I suggest those of you kids who don’t know who Biggie is or where hip hop stems from— ahem ahem; turn off the Yachty for a second, open your ears to this, you might just learn a thing or two.