DJ PREMIER TELLS THE STORIES BEHIND ‘MOMENT OF TRUTH’ ON THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Gang Starr’s Moment of Truth album, DJ Premier sat down with Billboard to offer some behind the scenes stories to many of the album’s standout tracks. Here are a few choice quotes from that interview.

 

On “Militia” (Feat. Big Shug & Freddie Foxx a.k.a. Bumpy Knuckles)…

I remember Bumpy Knuckles came in wearing all mink everything and said, “Yo, when I spit my verse, I gotta pull my guns out and aim them.” He was serious! I told him that I was going to duck in the event that those guns accidentally went off. He pulled out the twin glocks, spit his verse in one take and said, “I’ve got a meeting to go to” and left! He came in at 10am, pulled out his guns, kicked his verse and then said he hoped we did a video —which we did — and then was gone.

 

On “Moment of Truth”…

The day we went back after he beat the case was the day he wrote the song “Moment of Truth.” When I heard his lyrics, I remember how emotional it was. We were going through deaths around us. The passing of my accountant Mary Coleman who was the first person I shouted out on “In Memory of…” was particularly devastating for me. She was beyond my accountant. She was my mother away from home.

That song made me want to cry. I’m not really a crying type. But to hear those lyrics and knowing everything that he was going through at that time was very, very emotional. Today, I perform it with my band and every time I damn near fall apart, but in a good way. Like when James Brown would drop to his knees when he performed. I didn’t know what to expect until he did it.

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  1.  Big Twins x Ali Vegas x Tragedy Khadafi–Comin’ From Queens
  2.  Murs (f. John Givez)–Midtown
  3.  Menace–The Preemo Plan
  4.  Sean Price & Illa Ghee (f. Rim Da Villin)–Bryan Song
  5.  PRhyme–Streets At Night
  6.  Showbiz & A.G.–Don’t Mean Nothin’
  7.  Billy Danze–Halle Berry
  8.  Agallah (f. Vinnie Paz)–A Slug For You
  9.  Jamo Gang (f. DJ Premier)–Highway
10.  Trpl-R–Dumpin’
11.  Jericho Jackson–Cuffin’ Season
12.  Cut Chemist (f. Biz Markie)–Moonlightin’
*****CLASSIC THROWBACK JOINT*****
13.  Mel Brooks–It’s Good To Be The King
14.  Benny The Butcher (f. El Camino)–India
15.  PRhyme (f. Yelawolf)–W.O.W.
16.  Sean Price & Illa Ghee (f. Royal Flush)–Good Lobster
17.  Crimeapple (f. Vic Spencer & Daniel Son)–Casino
18.  PRhyme (f. Rapsody)–Loved Ones
19.  Big Tray Deee (f. Kurupt, Slip Capone, E3 & NME)–Crip2Nite
20.  Sos Bishop–Move In Silence
21.  Vinyl Villain x Jamal Gasol x Nowaah The Flood–The Killers
22.  ANoyd–Blame It On Jay-Z
23.  Lil Fame–Say Nothing
24.  Royce da 5’9″ (f. J. Cole)–Boblo Boat
25.  Billy Danze–Whop It
26.  Bumpy Knuckles–Grumpy ‘Ol Man
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  1.  Jericho Jackson (Khrysis & Elzhi)–Breguets
  2.  PRhyme (f. Big K.R.I.T. & Denaun)–Made Man
  3.  PRhyme (f. Yelawolf)–W.O.W. (With Out Warning)
  4.  Big Tray Dee (f. Kurupt, Slip Capone, E3 & NME)–Crip2Nite
  5.  Billy Danze–Whop It
  6.  Supreme Cerebral–Daily Operation
  7.  Roc Marciano (f. Knowledge The Pirate)–Bohemian Grove
  8.  38 Spesh & Benny–So Strategic
  9.  PRhyme (f. 2 Chainz)–Flirt
10.  PRhyme–Streets At Night
*****THROWBACK CLASSIC*****
11.  RUN-DMC–Together Forever
12.  ANoyd–Just A Fan
13.  Big Tray Dee (f. Erik Lee)–Remain The Same
14.  Lil Fame–Say Nothing
15.  PRhyme–Sunflower Seeds
16.  Agallah & Dirty Diggs–White Lotus
17.  Erick Sermon (f. Mr. Cheeks, Craig Mack & Method Man)–Come Thru
18.  Evidence (f. Krondon)–Bad Publicity
19.  Big Twins x Ali Vegas x Tragedy Khadafi–Comin’ From Queens
20.  Chris Matic–Calories
21.  Big Bob (f. Craig G, Grand Surgeon, DJ Fastcut & Ji Sharp)–Global Crisis
22.  Jay Love & The Avid Record Collector–Ready For War
23.  Big Tray Dee (f. Snoop Dogg)–Life Of A G
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  1.  Lil Fame–Say Nothing
  2.  Supreme Cerebral–Daily Operation
  3.  PRhyme (f. Yelawolf)–W.O.W.
  4.  Chris Matic–Calories
  5.  Cut Chemist (f. Biz Markie)–Moonlightin’ With Biz
  6.  Billy Danze–Whop It
  7.  Yasin (f. Killa Q)–2 Official
  8.  Prince Ak–James Brown
  9.  Termanology–Nuff Props
10.  PRhyme (f. 2 Chainz)–Flirt
11.  Big Twins x Ali Vegas x Tragedy Khadafi–Comin’From Queens
*****SALUTE TO NOTORIOUS BIG*****
12.  Faith Evans & The Notorious BIG (f. Jadakiss)–NYC
13.  Notorious BIG (f. Redman & Method Man)–Rap Phenomenon
14.  Notorious BIG–Unbelieveable
15.  Bumpy Knuckles–Grumpy ‘OL Man
16.  Agallah & Dirty Diggs–White Lotus
17.  Nipsey Hu$$le (f. Cee-Lo Green)–Loaded Bases
18.  ELB (Everybody Luv Black) (f. King Hansom)–Talkin’
19.  Jericho Jackson (Khrysis & Elzhi)–Breguets
20.  Billy Danze–Halle Berry
21.  Illa Ghee–Gripped Up
22.  Bumpy Knuckles (f. Snoop Dogg)–Drop  A Jewel On’m
23.  PRhyme (f. Novel & Summer ’96)–Sunflower Seeds
24.  ANoyd–Just A Fan
25.  Roc Marciano (f. Knowledge The Pirate)–Bohemian Grove
26.  Rakim Al Jabbar (f. Flower Child)–Super Tight
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  1.  Billy Danze of (M.O.P.)–Halle Barry
  2.  Jericho Jackson (Khrysis & Elzhi)–Breguets
  3.  Illa Ghee–Gripped Up
  4.  ANoyd–Just A Fan
  5.  PRhyme–Rock It
  6.  Roc Marciano (f. Knowledge The Pirate)–Bohemian Grove
  7.  Sa-Roc–Forever
  8.  Sekkond Hand (f. Menace)–I’ll Win
  9.  Phonte–Cry No More
10.  O.C.–John Wick
11.  Daz Dillinger (f. Kurupt)–Violation
12.  Snoop Dogg (f. Goldie Loc)–220
*****THROWBACK CLASSIC SONG*****
13.  *Dana Dane–Delancey Street*
 
14.  Apathy–The Order
15.  Prince Ak–James Brown
16.  Sadat X (f. Tony Sunshine)–Who’s Judging
17.  Jamo Gang–Straight No Chase
18.  Jericho Jackson (Khrysis & Elzhi)–Self Made
19.  Evidence–Weather Or Not
20.  Sixman–Eyes Wide
21.  38 Spesh & Benny–So Strategic
22.  Roc Marciano–Bed Spring King
23.  Ghostface Killah & Apollo Brown–The Sure Shot Pt. 1 & 2
24.  Southpaw Chop (f. Large Professor)–Jewel Of The Day