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WHICH PRODUCER USED THE MOST SAMPLES IN HIP HOP HISTORY?

The good folks over at DJbooth.net compiled a list of producers who have used the most samples in the history of hip hop. Care to take a guess who tops the list?

#1 DJ Premier: 1,458 Tracks Sampled

Premo isn’t just the number one sampler in hip-hop history, he’s number one by a mile and a half. Granted, he has been steadily making beats for decades, but he still has an astounding number of flips. I mean, 1,458 is more than double 9th Wonder, who I consider to be one of the best producers ever. I guess every scratch counts, but still, this amount of sampling is mind bottling. Dude even beat out Girl Talk, who makes his money on unimaginatively taking other peoples tracks. All hail the king!

You can check out the rest of the list, which includes Girl Talk, DJ Shadow, Dr. Dre and more, here.

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THE OFFICIAL ARTWORK AND TRACKLIST FOR PRHYME

Check out the official artwork and tracklisting for the DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9″ collaboration album PRhyme.

01. PRhyme (Intro)
02. Dat Sound Good f. Ab-Soul & Mac Miller
03. U Looz
04. You Should Know f. Dwele
05. Courtesy
06. Wishin’ f. Common
07. To Me, To You f. Jay Electronica
08. Underground Kings f. Schoolboy Q & Killer Mike
09. Microphone Preem f. Slaughterhouse

December 9th can’t come soon enough.

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DJ PREMIER REFLECTS ON THE CREATION OF BIGGIE’S “UNBELIEVABLE”

In a recent interview with Pepsi where DJ Premier revealed three of his favorite studio sessions in three different cities, the legendary producer opened up about working with the Notorious B.I.G. on “Unbelievable.”

“One of the best sessions was really doing “Unbelievable” with Biggie. I didn’t have time to do a track when he had already [almost] finished Ready To Die. He was like, ‘Yo. I need this last one. I need a B-side for my first single “Juicy.” I wanna play it for you.’ He came and played it for me, he hadn’t shot the video yet. He was like, ‘I need a beat where I gotta still do it for my [people] at home on the block.’

“I was like, ‘Yo, man. I don’t have anything to concentrate on right now and I don’t wanna hold you up.’ He said, ‘Man, I don’t care. I need something.’ So I told him to just come on up and come down.

“He came down and as soon as he walked in I was playing him those little notes. [Starts humming the intro to “Unbelievable” as we know it.] I was doing all of that. He was like, ‘Yo, I like that. Make it dance and not do the same rhythm.’ So I programmed in the beginning with the intro beats. [Starts beat boxing] And then I did the hook. He was like, ‘Yo. That’s it!’

“Now, the “Unbelievable” part with R. Kelly’s “Your Body’s Callin’”—I didn’t plan on putting that in there. I didn’t know if it was gonna be in the proper key. So when it came down to him asking me to put that in there, I did it. I did it the next day because I didn’t have the record on me at the time. This day and age I could have went straight to Harlem and did it. But it happened. It sounded exactly like how it was supposed to sound….

Read about how the song ended up in Funkmaster Flex’s hands and two more of Preemo’s favorite studio sessions here.

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JERROD CARMICHAEL – LOVE AT THE STORE TRAILER (MUSIC BY DJ PREMIER)

In case you haven’t watched it yet, comedian Jerrod Carmichael has an HBO comedy special that aired recently which was directed by Spike Lee with DJ Premier providing original Music. If you missed it, the special will be airing again on October 7th at 5:30pm on HBO2. But check out the clip of Jerrod discussing the worst time to misplace your car keys.