1. NYGz–Ready? (prod. & cuts by DJ Premier)
DJ Premier gives some insight on how The Notorious B.I.G. first introduced him Jadakiss, Styles P and Sheek Louch and their first collaboration together for The Lox’s sophomore album. Here’s how “Recognize” came together. Also included is DJ Scratch carving up the intro in a way we haven’t seen before.
DJ Premier tells the story of Fat Joe’s hip hop origins and how he ended up connecting with Joey Crack for the remix for “Sh*t Is Real.” Preemo explains how he bucked Joe’s idea of having production reflective of “gangster shit” moved to the traditional Preemo vibe that won over the D.I.T.C. rapper.
1. Snoop Dogg (f. Larry June & October London)–Qualified (prod. by Nottz)
Remember that time DJ Premier linked up with Das EFX to bring back the “Diggedy” style of rhyming after a brief departure on their second album? The result was “Real Hip Hop” and Preemo takes us back to the creation of that song and a little background on how he connected with Das EFX.
DJ Premier explains how reuniting with Guru after four years between projects proved to be challenging as they headed into the Moment of Truth album. The lead single “Royalty” featured K-Ci and Jojo and Preemo explains how they got 1/2 of Jodeci on the album, constructing the beat, how an adult movie star ended up directing a video that ended up being a party in a subway station.
1. The Legion (f. Marvelous Supreme & Lucky Fishburne)–Furious 5 (over Mantronix prod.)
Nas stunned everyone by dropping another album alongside Hit-Boy with Magic on Christmas Eve. If, somehow, you missed it, you need to go ahead and hit play on “Wave Gods” that finds Nasty Nas alongside A$AP Rocky with cuts by DJ Premier. Certified banger.
DJ Premier tells the story of how he ended up with the wrong equipment to create the beat for M.O.P.’s legendary “Brownsville” track. And why did Preemo use those spacey sounds? He explains the inspiration behind that as well in the latest episode of “So Wassup.”