Simon Vozick-Levinson
May 21, 2009 AT 06:00 PM EDT

Alan “The Alchemist” Maman and Eminem go way back. They first met when Em had just signed to Interscope a decade ago. In 2005, the Alchemist went out on tour as Eminem’s DJ. And this year, he’s jumped back into that role, spinning for Em at performances like last week’s Jimmy Kimmel Live appearance. So when it came time for Alc to record his second solo album, naturally he reached out to his old pal for a guest verse. The Alchemist tells EW that the resulting tune featuring Eminem will be the title track on his album, Chemical Warfare, due this summer. “All the time and the patience that I had, waiting for the right time for us to work together [on a song], is coming full circle now,” says the Alchemist.

Between the positive buzz surrounding Eminem’s own new work and the Alchemist’s highly distinguished resume as a producer (Dilated Peoples, Mobb Deep, Lil Wayne), this is definitely a pairing for hip-hop heads to get excited about. Check out the Alchemist’s current single “Smile” below, plus another Alchemist-produced classic after the jump, and let us know if you’re looking forward to “Chemical Warfare” as much as I am.

The Alchemist feat. Maxwell and Twista, “Smile”

Dilated Peoples, “The Platform”

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