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DJ PREMIER: 5 SONGS I WISHED I PRODUCED

DJ Premier has produced some of the most noteworthy songs in hip hop. But even when you are recognized as one of the greatest producers of all-time, there are still a few songs that you wish you had been responsible for. Preemo offers his list of five songs he wishes he produced to Red Bull

1. M.C. Shan – “The Bridge” (Prod. by Marley Marl, 1986)

“I’m from Texas, originally, and I went to Prairie View A&M University. It was my freshman year in college, and Run DMC came to perform at my school with Dana Dane and Clark Kent. They would put on music in between acts, and ‘The Bridge’ came on. I was like, ‘What the f-ck is that?’ It was just, ‘The Bridge,’ ‘The Bridge,’ ‘The Bridge’ and then the drum roll with the duh, duh, duh, duh.

“The way it sounded with the echo, it was just so hard. I thought it was saying, ‘The Breaks.’ I was like, ‘That shit is hard,’ because I had already liked ‘The Breaks’ by Kurtis Blow back in 1980, so to hear someone saying ‘The Breaks’ and it was ill way he was saying it. Then, to find out it was ‘The Bridge, from there on, I was a Marley Marl fiend — nobody is more of a Marley fiend than me. To this day, it’s so f-cking ghetto. That record’s so dope.”

2. Audio Two – “Top Billin’” (Prod. by Audio Two and Daddy-O, 1987)

“Who would take [The Honey Drippers’] ‘Impeach The President’ and just chop it like that? I remember King Of Chill showed me the little trigger machine they used. It was like the size of my BlackBerry. They used it to get it like that, the dun, dun, dun dun dun, because back then we weren’t on MPCs and all that stuff yet. The way Milk sounded on it and they just kept stopping, you can hear the next line echoing before he said it. I was like, ‘What the f-ck?’ It blew me the f-ck away, man.”

3. Eric B. & Rakim – “Eric B. Is President” (Prod. by Eric B. & Rakim, remixed by Marley Marl,1986)

“It’s ill because I used to love ‘Funky President’ by James Brown — I’m a James Brown fanatic. To hear those sounds in the beginning and every time he went into another line, you’d hear that little quick drum roll, I was like, ‘Yo, that shit is ill.’ That’s when we started doing the wop. To this day, you know when that comes on everybody does the wop.”

4. Jay-Z – “U Don’t Know” (Prod. by Just Blaze, 2001)

“I wish I had made this, and I told [Just Blaze] this the other day. First of all, I have the original sample, so Just Blaze just destroyed that. He showed his scientific side with that record and Jay just slaughtered it lyrically, even just the ‘Turn my music high’ part. I just can’t stop playing that part before you get to the lyrics — the lyrics are dangerously ill. Jay always goes in, but that’s definitely one of the most incredible records ever made in hip-hop.”

5. M.O.P. – “How About Some Hardcore” (Prod. by Darryl Dee, co-produced by Laz-E-Laz, 1993)

“I saw the video on Video Music Box and they were just grimy. And that sample, it’s dope when you just play the original anyway. But it’s emotional when you hear it and those horns go, ‘dananana.’ They just shitted on that. We used to see The Source magazine back when they were really a hip-hop magazine, and Select Records would always advertise and [the ‘How About Some Hardcore’ single] had that cover with the knife it in. I was like, ‘What kind of shit is that?’ ‘How About Some Hardcore’ and there’s a fucking knife on the cover? I thought it was kinda silly. Then the video has the same knife in the wall. I saw it and how they looked and they’re from Brooklyn and they just looked like they could hurt something, which they do. I’ve been in brawls with them. It’s a well-done record. Well done.”

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WATCH A CLIP OF THE HIP HOP FASHION DOCUMENTARY “FRESH DRESSED”

Fashion has always been a major aspect of the hip hop community and the new CNN Documentary from Sacha Jenkins titled “Fresh Dressed” takes a look at the evolution of hip hop over the years. Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, “Fresh Dressed” is more than just a look at fashion, it’s a deep dive into race and economics that is here to educate those who may have forgotten just how urban fashion trends have changed over the years. Check out the trailer.

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PETE ROCK & SLUM VILLAGE ANNOUNCE TOUR

The legendary Pete Rock is preparing to hit the road with Slum Village early this year for a 28-day tour that starts on February 7th in Miami during Dilla Weekend and wraps up in Spokane, Washington on April 5th. Check out the full list of dates below.

Sat. February 7- Miami, FL @ The Stage (Dilla Weekend)
Fri. March 6- Providence, RI @ Fête
Sat. March 7- Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East
Mon. March 9- New York City @ SOB’s
Tues. March 10- Washington, D.C. @ U Street Music Hall
Wed. March 11- Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
Thurs. March 12- Cleveland Hts, OH @ Grog Shop
Fri. March 13- Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot
Sat. March 14- Kalamazoo, MI @ Bell’s Eccentric Café
Sun. March 15- Chicago, IL @ The Shrine
Mon. March 16- Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
Tues. March 17- Denver, CO @ Cervantes’ Masterpiece
Wed. March 18- Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Thurs. March 19- Las Vegas, NV @ Insert Coin(s)
Fri. March 20- Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater
Sat. March 21- Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar
Sun. March 22- Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
Tues. March 24- La Jolla, CA @ Porter’s Pub
Wed. March 25- Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
Thurs. March 26- Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
Sun. March 29- Oakland, CA @ Yoshi’s
Mon. March 30- Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
Tues. March 31- Portland, OR @ The Hawthorne Theatre
Wed. April 1- Seattle, WA @ Neumos
Thurs. April 2- Victoria, BC @ Distrikt Nightclub
Fri. April 3- Vancouver, BC @ The Fox Cabaret
Sat. April 4- Bellingham, WA @ The Wild Buffalo
Sun. April 5- Spokane, WA @ Red Room Lounge

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DJ PREMIER – LIVE FROM HEADQCOURTERZ RADIO SHOW PLAYLIST (1/9/15 & 1/16/15))

Lord Sear and Boogie Blind drop in for the January 9th and January 16th episodes of Live From Headqcourterz radio show. Check out the playlists for both episodes below.

Be sure to tune in on Friday nights on SiriusXM Hip-Hop Nation, Ch. 44.

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HERE IS THE PLAYLIST FOR JANUARY 9TH, 2015
1. M.O.P.–Shake ‘Em Up
2. Sadat X–What Up Kid
3. Inspectah Deck–2Nite
4. Joey Bada$$–No. 99
5. Maino (f. Busta Rhymes, Tweezie, Najee Omar)–What More
6. Tableek (f. Black Nerd, Stan Illa)–Runner Upper
7. Diamond District–March On Washington (DJ Skizz Remix)
8. PRhyme (f. Common)–Wishin’
9. Your Old Droog–Gunsmoke Colonge
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10. Slick Rick–Indian Girl (An Adult Story)
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11. Ghostface Killah (f. Shawn Wigs, Kool G. Rap)–The Dogs Of War
12. De La Soul (f. Chuck D.)–The People
13. The Militia (f. Oswin Benjamin)–Chicago 84′
14. Diamond District–Working Weekends (Large Professor Remix)
15. Run The Jewels (f. Despot & Wiki)–Blockbuster Night Pt. 2
16. The LOX–Let’s Get It
17. PRhyme–PRhyme Time FILA BARS (Fila Commercial)
18. Termanology (f. Slaine, Artisin)–Depths Of Hell
19. DJ Premier (f. Bumpy Knuckles)–Bars In The Booth (Session 6)
20. Black Moon–Go To War
21. Tracey Lee–Vision
22. Inspectah Deck–Gone
23. Big Pun (f. Chris Rivers, Cormega, Shaquille O’Neal, Easy Mo Bee)–Lyrically Fit
24. Khaleel–Revolution

HERE IS THE PLAY LIST FOR JANUARY 16, 2015

1. Your Old Droog–Gunsmoke Colonge
2. DJ Premier (f. Skyzoo & Torae)–Bars In The Booth (Session 7)
3. Nutso (f. Trae The Truth)–Hustler’s Spirit
4. Sadat X–What Up Kid
5. Uncle Murda–Yearly Rap Up
6. Bahamadia–We Here
7. Dynamic Duo–Animal
8. Diamond District–March On Washington (DJ Skizz Remix)
9. Four Owls–Think Twice
10. Joey Bada$$ (f. Action Bronson, Ellie Varner)–Run Up On Ya
11. Roc Marciano–Three Sixty Five
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12. THE B-BOYS–2, 3, Break
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13. Inspectah Deck–Gone
14. Keith Murray–Laws Of Polarity
15. Nutso (f. Blacastan & Steele)–Stra8 Talk
16. Nipsey Hu$$le–That’s How I Knew
17. Fabolous (f. Kevin Hart)–Cinnamon Apple
18. PRhyme (f. Slaughterhouse)–Microphone Preem
19. De La Soul (f. Chuck D)–The People
20. PRhyme–PRhyme Time FILA BARS (Fila Commercial)
21. The Militia (f. Oswin Benjamin)–Chicago 84′
22. M.O.P.–Shake ‘Em Up