Posts Tagged ‘DJ Premier’
Three years ago, April 19, 2010, Keith Elam b.k.a. Guru left this earthly realm. This track, “G.U.R.U.” featuring Talib Kweli and Guru’s Gang Starr partner DJ Premier is dedicated to Guru’s memory; a celebration of his life, legacy and all of the vast accomplishments and great music Guru and DJ Premier gave us. “G.U.R.U.” is also the lead-single from Marco Polo’s forthcoming album – “PA2: The Director’s Cut” (due out July 2013).
1990 was my first first year in radio when I was doing a hip hop show called ‘Strictly Hip Hop’ in Pennsylvania. I had also started a cable access show of the same name later that year & it wasn’t uncommon to receive dozens of new records & videos in the mail every week. Back then most of the videos we would receive from the record labels & indie promoters would arrive in the form of 3/4 inch tapes or on VHS. I need to get on my job like Tampa Bay area DJ Sandman who digitized one of Gangstarr’s old video press kits from back in the day. I know I have this same video on VHS somewhere in storage. I’m literally kicking myself to get on it because I do need to take the time to digitize many of my old shows & interviews from the 90s. In the meantime check out the video of GURU & DJ Premier’s video press kit. Rest in peace GURU! On another note….I’m definitely feeling how DJ Premier is rocking my favorite NFL team’s baseball cap. #RAIDERNATION BABY!
“This was a VHS Promo sent out by Chrysalis Records at the time the legendary Hip Hop group, Gang Starr was getting ready to release their 2nd album, “Step In The Arena” (Released 1/15/91) This video tape has been sitting in a box in my studio for years..I’ve always wanted to share it with Hip Hop fans who may have never had a chance to see it. It includes rare footage of Dj Premier & Guru in the studio working on their album and also a rare interview.” – DJ Sandman
March marks the passing of the lauded rapper Notorious B.I.G. (aka Biggie) and to honor his legacy, New York resident DJ Finesse debuted a special tribute mix during DJ Premier’s Sirius/XM show “Live From Headqcourterz” on March 8. This extended mix (longer than the debut) showcases Biggie a capellas paired with Premier-produced beats, with a special intro by Primo himself.
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The track to this brand new ILL BILL single produced by DJ Premier is banging as hell! That’s that real hip hop ‘ish right there. The banging track is available on the New York emcee’s third album “The Grimy Awards” that’s available now featuring production & guest appearances from DJ Premier, O.C., Pete Rock, The Large Professor, The Beatnuts, Cormega, Lil Fame Of M.O.P., & more. You can listen to the complete album stream of ‘The Grimy Awards’ below…..
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Jordan Brand is about to celebrate to the released of their Air Jordan XX8 Sneaker that will be released in Houston on Friday February 15th during the NBA Allstar Weekend with the general release happening on February 16th. The suits over at Jordan Brand sought out the legendary Big Daddy Kane & DJ Premier to record something special for the release with “28 Bars Of Kane”. This is just one of the songs to be featured on a full-length project entitled “XX8 Days Of Flight.”
Brooklyn’s own Joey Bada$$ is taking us back to the Golden Era of Hip-Hop with his lyrical stylings. It’s only right that Golden Era producer DJ Premier provide the part of the ride. Bada$$ recorded this joint – “Unorthodox” – in Premier’s private HeadQCourterz Studio. Stream and get the track below. Bonus: Check out the “From The Block To The Top” video to watch Premier and Joey lay it down after the jump.
“The Reign” is a leaked single off MC Eiht’s forthcoming EP “Keep It Hood” (due out December 31, 2012). The New Years Eve release is giving us something to look forward to as we bring in 2013… unless the Mayans had it right. DJ Premier did the scratches over the Brenk Sinatra beat on this one. Get it FREE right here. G’yeeeeeah
DJ Premier and DJ Scratch and DJ Cash Money perform on the 1s and 2s at the Global Spin Awards in tribute to legendary DJ Grandmaster Flash. Dope! Look closely, and you can see a bit of a video montage of Flash moments on the big screen behind the performing DJs during the scratch dedication. This was an INCREDIBLE happening – three greats doing it in honor of the forefather! Nice.
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Fizzyology (the duo comprised of Termanology and Lil Fame) drops another heater from their forthcoming album “Too Tough for TV.” The song is entitled “Play Dirty.” (produced by DJ Premier and featurs vocals from Busta Rhymes and Styles P). You can stream the single and pre-order the album (due out November 6, 2012) via the link provided here.
This banger right here will arguably be the most talked about track on DJ Khaled’s upcoming album ‘Kiss The Ring’. I’ve dug a few songs here & there that DJ Khaled has orchestrated in the past, but this joint right here with Nas, Scarface, DJ Premier, & The Justice League is just straight bananas! Scarface’s vocal presence is perfect, Nas’s lyrical lamentations about hip hop are priceless, The J.U.S.T.I.C.E. Leagues sonic production feels like a grand event, & DJ Premier’s perfectly placed scratching on the track is the cherry on top of this ill grand production right here. You don’t always have to be a producer that touches hundreds of buttons to put together quality work, but DJ Khaled proves with this joint that sometimes having a grand vision is all it takes. Check out the behind the scenes video of how it all came together HERE
Behind The Scenes: The Making Of ‘Hip Hop’ With Nas x Scarface x Justice League x DJ Premier (Video)
DJ Khaled’s new album ‘Kiss The Ring’ is on the way, but the track that everyone is talking about is the collaboration he orchestrated with Nas, Scarface, DJ Premier, & the production team Justice League. When I first heard this song I knew it was a definite banger! I’ve often said that sometimes being a good producer doesn’t always involve touching a lot of buttons & equipment, but people who have a great vision can score big. Rick Rubin is a producer who doesn’t play any instruments, but he has great vision & a good ear. Props to DJ Khaled for having the vision for this banger right here. Check the video….
Here is the seventh track on Big Shug’s “I.M. 4-Eva” album (out now). It is entitled “Blue Collar” and it is produced by DJ Premier. For those who know, I have said enough about the track. You can cop the entire album via iTunes.
Woooo! Everything about this joint is cold! DJ Premier and Bumpy Knuckles deliver on “More Levels” and in their official video for the cut. “More Levels” is one of many hits on their album “KoleXXXion” (in stores now).
As always Nardwuar delivers another great interview, but this time he catches up with the greatest hip hop producer of all-time DJ Premier & manages to get ‘Primo’ to tell a few stories that most hip hop heads may not be aware including the time his homie Big Shug was scrapping with Ice Cube toe to toe in a fist fight, how the The Lady Of Rage was once a security guard who routinely put the ‘beats’ on people, tidbits about the Gangstarr foundation, the early days of Jaz-O & Jay-Z, Frankie Beverly & Maze, DJ Culture, & more….
MC Eiht is BACK! “Where We Go” is classic Eiht spitting over a HOT track laid out by Austrian producer Brenk Sinatra, mixed and blessed by DJ Premier…WINNER! This cut is for the upcoming album “Which Way Iz West.” (to be released on DJ Premier’s label, Year Round Records). Looking forward to it!
DOWNLOAD: MC EIHT – WHERE WE GO
One of the founding members of the Gangstarr Foundation & “Murderpan” representer Big Shug is back with a new single called “Hardbody” featuring Fat Joe & M.O.P. produced by DJ Premier. Yeah this joint is nothing but true school heat right here! The new album will feature production from Don Cannon, DJ Premier, Fizzy Womack (Lil Fame of M.O.P.) & more. The new album “I.M. 4-Eva” on Brick Records will come in a specialized casebook with 35 pages of rare stories & photos detailing Big Shug’s career & the rise & fall of Gangstarr & the legendary Guru. Check out the song below & some photos after the jump….
What?! Did Bumpy Knuckles speak on AND reconcile things regarding Gang Starr and Guru (R.I.P.)… AND serve warning to Solar in this rhyme?? You watch “B.A.P.” and tell me. Either way, this is some of that raw Bumpy flow over classic DJ Premier boom bap. Hence, the name of the track (Bumpy And Primo, B.A.P.). Clever. Incredible! Off their collaboration album the KoleXXXion that’s out now!
DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles’ collaborative project “The Kolexxxion” officially drops next Tuesday March 27th so Primo’s crew over at Works Of Mart via DJPremierblog let this remix with Nas go for all the fans. If you’re in New York on March 26th you may want to head over to the album release party that’s going down at the Highline Ballroom featuring Big Shug, Heather B, M.O.P., O.C. & hosted by Flavor Flav & Kid Capri.
While down at the SXSW music fans were in for a special treat at the W Hotel for VEVO’s SXSW showcase featuring Nas performing his classic “Illmatic” album backed by DJ Premier & Pete Rock. Nas was also joined on stage by AZ & a host of other key figures in the creation of the timeless hip hop classic. More video from the performance under the hood…..
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Hevehitta & DJ Unexpected just dropped this creative “Mixtaep” (Mixtape/EP) for free download called “Duel Of The Iron Fists”. The Mixtape EP features Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan vocals over DJ Premier beats, with various kung-fu movie samples mixed in. Under the hood checkout the tracklisting & a detailed write up about each song on the project. Enjoy and be Educated!