A highlight from DJ Premier


Is DJ premier. It's impossible to overstate his importance to hip hop history. Actually, just music history in general. And it would also be impossible for me to overstate the importance of his musical influence on my own career. He's my favorite hip hop producer of all time. And in fact, for the first ten years of my career, I was just a straight DJ premier clone. All I knew how to do was emulate this man, because like millions of hip hop heads, I was in love with his beats. He single handedly changed the sound of New York rap in the 90s with his signature boom bap style. Rugged drums, rare samples chopped up in his NPC drum machine and replayed in his signature feel. Iconic choruses he would construct from impeccably scratching snippets of other voices, stringing together the phrases like some kind of musical ransom note. A few words from erykah badu here, a couple lines from Wu Tang. And voila, he would make some iconic most deaf course, like the one in mathematics. His sound has been imitated innumerable times, but it's never the same as the real thing. That beat that I talk over at the beginning of each episode. That is a DJ premiere B funky emotive New York to the core. Premiere came into the game in the late 80s with the rapper guru and they formed the group gang star. An album by album, they cemented their reputation as one of the greatest rap groups of all time, premieres musical evolution album to album being a huge part of that. And then, as an outside gun for hire, he gave Nas, biggie, rakim, Keras, Jay-Z, some of their greatest records ever, and certainly they're grimy. He was the go to hitmen when you needed that gutter song that somehow could also play in the club and on the radio. Premiere graced the cover of the fate of very early on. In fact, it was issue number two. Winter 1999. It was a joint feature with Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine and reverend run of run DMC, of course. The cover itself is so remarkable that almost seems photoshopped. You can't believe these three people are in the same place at the same time. It's a fantastic picture and I highly recommend Googling it. We've crossed paths quite a bit over the past few years. He was a very big part of watch the sound. The music dark series, I hosted and co created for Apple TV. But I still can't help the super fan part of me from geeking out when I'm in the presence of this master. I mean, you only have to ask him about how he made New York State of mind for Nas, one of the hardest beats of all time. And before you know it, you're in the middle of some story that literally feels like hip hop history is playing out. Like it's a movie. Yeah, me and Nas and big, we're all hanging out at that time and Nas needed a ride to the studio and he played me this demo beat the Q tip half for one love, so I knew that I had to up my game and I went back and I made New York State of mind. I mean, this is Mount Olympus stuff to us fans. To premiere, it's just his life. He's a yoga. I got to go to puff studio. He could give me a ride. I was like, yeah. Because we were all hanging out 94. Me big, we all hanging. All the time, 'cause I lived in the neighborhood in big zebra. Yeah. So it was like dropping him off was no big deal. He said yo, pop this cassette in Q tip just gave me this joint. He said it's just pause mixed right now, but we'll leave you on program in the drum machine and when I put in my car, just hearing that. I mean, you know it was kind of jumping. You know? We were like, where the fuck did he know that he'd brothers wear that time? Yeah. And I was like, damn it. I got changed my beat. 'cause the world is yours already had me open, but I guess I was there for that to watch Pete lay the scratches like just hit record and he just did it through the whole song. It's yours on the hook. That's not programmed in. He's just hit record, and he's just doing it. And no sero just the record. Yeah. And so if I were a little off or whatever, it was one take and we were like, wow, this shit is dope. And then boom. I know, 'cause I heard Q tip go on the cypress sounds Rosenberg on one Epstein podcast and I didn't know this and anyway. Yeah. Oh, it was memory lane originally different too, because that's what they were talking about. I might get mad. Yes, that was it. He was incorrect. Okay. I didn't put it out there. He was confusing. It would maybe would represent not at all. Memory lane, the album version is, I didn't like the sample now it's like this. Okay. Because he was making fun of the car. Ruben Wilson Wilson. He said, look at this dude. They laugh and Adam. We're dumbing around. We find the sample and I want some hard shit and he goes, we already got some hardship. We got New York State of mind. This is different. We ain't got nothing like this. I said, let me hear how you rap to and when he did the wrong. I was like, oh, this is dope. So with that said, we went with it. And then I said, since your album is out now for the streets and the DJ to make sure guys since we were still heavy on running radio, let me do mean remix. And that's a remix. Tips and that's the original. It was, but I ain't correct them. I was like fuck it. Going back to represent for a second, I heard you tell this story about how and I never knew this at Nas would go in the booth with ten or 15 people with him, and they were in the booth. Even not just doing the chorus, represent, represent. I'm like, yo, you gotta be quiet. Yo, yo, you're back there any time. I'm like, yo. You gotta be quiet. Yeah. 'cause he was so excited to be there. And that was fine, but that's what really happened. You know, there's a lot of I don't know, stories and stuff and you just when you just said that it was me and Nas and big and probably all rolling together. Obviously, after that, shit happened that there would be some dose relationship splinter, but that's just so incredible to me that everybody was just and you were almost like the glue between a lot of this stuff going on. You kind of, yeah, 'cause I was around a large vessel so much I'd be around Nas. I'd go to all the sessions when he was still programming one time for your mind. And when he did, it ain't hard to tell. Because he had it using just the regular human nature just throughout the whole shit. And then he's like, yo, I want to make it a little more funkier. And then he did the so I was there when he's doing it because other ones already just kind of leaked out for people to play. And then when he redid it with the new drums and the boom, but I was like, oh, man. 'cause he was so consistent halftime at his fucking blown away. He obviously, you all know what barbecue did for us, so I was just studying law. We were together a lot. We go from miss Mackenzie's house, which was Kate cutting some scratch. Yeah. For me, so that was their mother and she on the label that they wanted before they went to wild, so I'd be over there all the time. And then I helped them get on wild pitch because Stu was like, yo, I really want them. Can you put in a good word for me? And I put in a good word and say, yo, he's gonna really work your record, which he did. Because you've talked about Marley being a big influence, but was large professor also somebody that you didn't production from. Guru was like, yo, you got checked this group called main source and they just got large professor raps and he does the beats. And he played me at him and think, so once I heard that, his guru was always tapped into who's new. He put me on to them. And you had already done the first gangster album no one missed a nice guy. Talking about me joining the group. Okay. Around that time. So I wasn't officially in the group yet. 'cause I was still with the group

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