DJ Premier recently explained just how connected Hip Hop artists can be. In an interview with experienced A&R Jeff Sledge for Al Lindstrom, Premier described his friendship with Tupac and his observations of Jay-Z’swork ethic. ”We knew Pac before he bubbled,” the Gang Starrproducer explained. “We knew him when he was going through his drama and we remained really close friends.” ”We were really there, at their house, throwing wild parties. Before Pac even dropped [1992's]‘Trapped,’ we were hanging out with Pac like that,” he added. Premier also recalled an experience where Tupac used the crowd to protest when he did not receive payment for a show. According to Premier, Pac went on stage saying, ”Yo, they ain’t got my mothafuckin’ money and I want y’all to tear this place up right now!” Premier also shared memories of watching Jay-Z in the studio. He recalled seeing Jay go from a session with Too Short for “A Week Ago” to a session with him for “A Million and One Questions (Remix),” running back and forth between takes. ”His success is well deserved,” Premier stated in the interview. “He busts his ass.”
More of Premier’s conversation with Sledge can be viewed below.
DJ Premier worked with Jay-Z on the aforementioned track but he has also produced others songs for Hova including “D’Evils,” “Friend or Foe” and “So Ghetto.” In 2010, Greg Nice told HipHopDX’s Jake Paine about a collaboration between Tupac and DJ Premier. ”Yeah,” he said, confirming their collaboration. “And [DJ Premier] loved [Tupac] as well. To the point where that’s all he talks about.”
Co-signed by Premier himself, DJ Finesse presents his Biggie Over DJ Premiermixtape which actually made it’s debut on Premo’s Live From HeadqcourterzSiriusXM show on March 8th.
01 – DJ Premier Intro
02 – Flava In Ya Ear rmx over I Gave You Power
03 – Big Poppa over Ex To Next Girl
04 – Dead Wrong over 2 Thousand
05 – 10 Crack Commandments over One Day
06 – Who Shot Ya over Come Clean
07 – All About The Benjamins over Supa Dupa Star (1994 Demo Version)
08 – One More Chance over Recognize
09 – Long Kiss Goodnight over You Know My Steez
10 – Things Done Changed over The Format
11 – I Got A Story To Tell over Shit Is Real
12 – Real Niggas over Ready
13 – Juicy over Nas Is Like
14 – One More Chance rmx over Freaky Flow
15 – Warning (Freestyle) over Mind Ya Business
16 – ’95 Freestyle (7 Mac 11′s) over Who Got Gunz
17 – Victory over Project Boy
18 – Kick In The Door over Come Get Me
19 – Going Back To Cali over The Invincible
20 – Mo Money Mo Problems over Golden Child
21 – Party And Bullshit over Now Your Mine
22 – Unbelievable
Ghostface Killah, Action Bronson, Mr. MFN eXquire, Roc Marciano, DJ Premier, Oh No and more are all set to appear on the upcoming collaborative effort between the Bostonian duo and the Wu-Tang swordsman, which drops February 19th. You can get a taste of how the project sounds below.
Big Daddy Kane discusses his new super group Las Supper with Showtyme and the Lifted Crew.
It’s been over a decade since Big Daddy Kane released his last album Veteranz Day, but now, the Brooklyn emcee is coming back with a new super group project Las Supper. In a recent interview with Fuse, Kane discussed his new project with singer Showtyme and live Hip Hop group the Lifted Crew. Kane explained that the group’s album Back to the Future merges the sounds of ’60s and ’70s soul wtih his classic Hip Hop stylings, and was recorded over live instrumentation. ”The album is called Back to the Future, and we came together collectively – myself Big Daddy Kane, Showtyme, who sings with Pharoahe Monch, and the Lifted Crew – and we basically merged together…[with] three different units coming together as one to form Las Supper,” he said, “What we tried to do is basically bring back the vintage ’60s and ’70s soul – which you see a lot of people doing [including] Sharon Jones, Amy Winehouse, [and] Raphael Saadiq – but combining it with vintage Hip Hop, like the stuff that I was doing from the beginning of my career [in] the Public Enemy, Rakim KRS-One era…[we're] doing it over nothing but live instruments – live guitar, live trumpet, even on down to the glockenspiel.”
He added, “The chemistry has just been so great. I’ve enjoyed working with these guys, we’re always laughing, having a good time, and then when we connect, it could be where something that was supposed to be very simple, once we connect on it, we end up taking it to a whole another level.” Most recently, Kane released a single produced by DJ Premier titled “28 Bars of Kane” in honor of the new Air Jordan XX8 sneaker release. Check out the second part of Fuse’s interview with Kane, in which the Juice Crew alum discusses working with Jay-Z and earning praise from Dave Chappelle.
The collective Czarface consisting of Inspectah Deck, 7L and Esoteric will be releasing their self-titled project on February 19 and pair up with Action Bronson for this offering.
The official lineup for the 6th Annual Roots Picnic has been announced.
For this year’s event, taking place at Festival Pier at Penns Landing in Philadelphia on June 1st, ?uestlove and Black Thought have selected Naughty By Nature (who will be backed by The Roots), Grimes, Gary Clark Jr., Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Solange Knowles, Joey Bada$$, How to Dress Well, Sonnymoon, Jennah Bell, Trinidad Jame$, Robert Glasper, Lushlife, DJ Premier, Hit-Boy, The Gaslamp Killer and araabMUZIK. “The hardest thing is catching acts that are just getting buzz so you can get them on the cusp,” ?uestlove told Billboard. “I thought instantly that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were going to be poppin. And just on a hunch, I was like, ‘Alright.’ We hit them and they agreed. Sure enough, after the album came out, they just became unstoppable.”
With Preemo co-hosting, 9th and Buck gives a live performance of “The Change Up” offThe Solution during last week’s visit on Sway’s morning show.