Remember how Loaded Lux destroyed our “Bars In The Booth” series? Well, that wasn’t by accident. DJ Premier has been a fan of Lux and spoke to Rap Is Outta Control about producing Lux’s upcoming album. Are you ready for that?
In an interview with Watch Loud, DJ Premier announced that he will make his debut as an emcee on the song “U Looz” off of the PRhyme album with Royce Da 5’9″. Watch as Primo and Nickle explain how this all came about.
“When I heard it I went in the studio when he wasn’t there and jumped in and I spit a couple of bars, which you’re gonna see in the video we’re releasing this week,” says Premier. “It’s a longer version of the promo. So you’ll see me spit a couple lines then he jumps back in and we made a comedy thing out of it where he’s cracking on me because I’m attempting to rap. It’s more like an interlude but turned into one of the joints on the album.”
Brand new video for Diabolic’s lead single “Diabolical Sound” off his sophomore LP Fightin Words produced by DJ Premier.
Check for cameos by R.A. The Rugged Man, Immortal Technique, Poison Pen and NEMS.
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.
DJ Premier holds down a live session of “The Cypher” at the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards featuring rhymes by Arsonal, Couture, Calicoe and Murda Mook.
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
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.
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.
Want to know how the highly anticipated collaboration album between DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9″ titled PRhyme happened? Listen up and prepare for the album to drop on December 9th.
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.