Planet Asia Details Durag Dynasty Click Album Entirely Produced By The Alchemist

Exclusive: The Fresno veteran told HipHopDX, "I could honestly say we made a classic," and compares it to Group Home's "Livin' Proof" album.

In January, The Alchemist told HipHopDX about an upcoming project involving The Durag Dynasty, a collective of emcees led by Fresno, California's Planet Asia. "I’ve also got the [Durag] Dynasty [Clique] project and that’s going to be coming out of left field, man," said Alc, also noting that he produced the album entirely.

This month, HipHopDX contacted Planet Asia to get some more information. "[It] will be one of the best albums of 2012," said the former Interscope Records artist, whose Black Belt Theatre album releases on February 28.

Asia praised the production work from the fellow California native who worked on his album, The Medicine. "Every producer who makes a lot of albums, they have that album where it’s like, 'He gave them beats.' Kind of like [DJ] Premier with the Group Home [Livin' Proof] album. To me, that first Group Home album is the best beats Premier ever made. Sometimes I just want to take that album and rap to it. The beats from that album are so fucking dope. You think, 'Damn! Why did he give them all those beats?' That’s how I feel about the Durag Dynasty album. We caught [The Alchemist] at a moment where every single beat was just that beat. Like, 'God damn.'"

Besides the beats, Asia acknowledged the album's lyrics. "The rhymes we kicking was just on a level that…That’s a classic. I could honestly say we made a classic. We made a classic. We made a classic. Durag Dynasty is a fucking classic. Straight like that. That’s me, Killer Ben and TriState. That’s Durag Dynasty. That’s definitely the best album for 2012, as far as Hip Hop goes. It’s gonna be hard to top."

Although label information is still pending, the former major label artist perhaps alluded to sampling and guest-work when he said, "All I could say is that an album like this would have cost a lot of money on a major label. That’s all I could tell you. It would’ve cost a lot of money, if you know what I mean. [Laughing]"

HipHopDX will keep you updated.

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Additional Reporting by Jake Paine


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  • Anonymous

    He needs to check any MOP albums from the 90s if he's talkin about preemo beats even right into the Ownerz Gangstar which a step was not lost in 03. And once he finds that newjack artist to really rep a whole album it's on Again!!!

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    if my nigga sav killz aint on this ima fuck up one of yall

  • dockevoc

    I would look forward to this but I can't shake the memory of that Asia/Muggs album...Planet Asia has become so fucking wack it's embarrassing

    • Mudflaps

      To each his own but IMO you have shitty taste, that album is highly rated. He's become wack? He's gotten better over time LMAO, fool. Go listen to the EP he just did with Madlib and get back to us.

    • dockevoc

      Yes, that's what I'm saying. I flushed it from my system with repeated listens of Grandmasters, which wasn't a complete waste of an albums worth of beats, unlike Pain Language.

    • Anonymous

      u sayin that album with muggs was wack? check your ears and make sure your genitals are in tact kid

  • chronwell

    Al and Asia are 2 guys bringin heat every time up to bat. This group is like General Monks + 1. Tri State IS a beast and Asia is an established fool with it so this could be nice!

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  • #C

    cali agents drop bombs. tri state is mad underrated, duke is filthy. and planet asia always comes with it, he kills every track he's on, its just a matter of getting the right beats. i have no doubt alchemist gave him the right beats. alchemist has fast become one of the best producers of all time in my opinion. i absolutely cannot wait for this album and it makes me excited about hip hop again which is rare today. love how alc just does whatever he wants, hes not sweating the money or fame, and it will still come to him regardless. hell do some big shit for a huge artist, and come right back to giving currensy some heat on the low or hook up with fresh new talent like action bronson. real musician. integrity, drive, and heart. long live the alchemist. what a guy.

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