1st Infantry (album)

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1st Infantry
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 29, 2004
StudioThe Lab
(New York, New York)
Baseclef Studios
(Queens, New York)
Infamous Studios
(Queens, New York)
GenreHip hop
LabelAll City, Koch
ProducerThe Alchemist
The Alchemist chronology
1st Infantry
The Alchemist's Cookbook
Singles from 1st Infantry
  1. "Hold You Down"
    Released: May 18, 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
HipHopDX.com4/5 stars[2]
Pop Mattersfavorable[4]
Sputnikmusic3.5/5 stars[6]
Stylus MagazineB−[7]
Tiny Mix Tapes3.5/5 stars[8]
Vibe4/5 stars[9]

1st Infantry is the debut solo studio album by American hip hop producer and recording artist The Alchemist. The album was released on June 29, 2004 and peaked at number 101 on the Billboard 200 and number 11 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[10]

The album was solely produced by The Alchemist and features guest vocalists including Prodigy, Nina Sky, The Game, The Lox, Nas, M.O.P., Mobb Deep, Lloyd Banks, T.I., and Dilated Peoples.

One single from the album, "Hold You Down", peaked at number 95 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 47 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.[11]

The album was also released in an instrumental version and deluxe edition with a bonus DVD on October 4, 2005.

Track listing[edit]

  • All tracks produced by the Alchemist.
2."Dead Bodies" (featuring The Game and Prodigy)4:20
3."Your Boy Al" (Interlude)0:47
4."The Essence" (featuring The Lox)4:43
5."Hold You Down" (featuring Prodigy, Nina Sky and Illa Ghee)3:57
6."Industry Rule 4080" (Interlude)1:57
7."Stop the Show" (featuring Stat Quo and M.O.P.)2:45
8."D Block to QB" (featuring Havoc, Big Noyd, Styles P and J-Hood)4:03
9."Bangers" (featuring Lloyd Banks)3:44
10."Where Can We Go" (featuring Devin the Dude)4:31
11."It's a Craze" (featuring Mobb Deep)4:03
12."For the Record" (featuring Dilated Peoples)3:47
13."Boost the Crime Rate" (featuring J-Hood and Sheek Louch)5:24
14."Strength of Pain" (featuring Chinky)4:02
15."A Soul Assassin's Tale" (Interlude)1:35
16."Bang Out" (featuring B-Real)3:30
17."Tick Tock" (featuring Nas and Prodigy)3:57
18."Pimp Squad" (featuring P$C)3:05
19."Different Worlds" (featuring Infamous Mobb)3:57

Chart history[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
US Billboard 200[12] 101
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[13] 8
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[14] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[15] 11


  1. ^ 1st Infantry The Alchemist Allmusic.com Jason Birchmeier
  2. ^ K.B. Tindal (2004-10-05). "The Alchemist - 1st Infantry | Read Hip Hop Reviews, Rap Reviews & Hip Hop Album Reviews". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  3. ^ Jim Durig (2004-11-18). "1st Infantry - Music Review at IGN". Music.ign.com. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  4. ^ Hamilton, Pierre M. "The Alchemist: 1st Infantry < PopMatters". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  5. ^ "Alchemist :: 1st Infantry :: ALC/Koch Records". Rapreviews.com. 2004-09-28. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  6. ^ "The Alchemist - 1st Infantry (album review)". Sputnikmusic. 2009-12-30. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  7. ^ "The Alchemist - 1st Infantry (Deluxe CD/DVD Edition) / The Chemistry Files - Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  8. ^ Chadwicked. "The Alchemist - 1st Infantry | Music Review". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  9. ^ Vibe - Google Livres. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  10. ^ 1st Infantry charts and awards at Allmusic.
  11. ^ 1st Infantry singles charts and awards at Allmusic.
  12. ^ "The Alchemist Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "The Alchemist Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "The Alchemist Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "The Alchemist Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.