In support of their PRhyme album, Royce Da 5’9″ and DJ Premier announce the “PRhyme Music” tour and will be bringing along Your Old Droog and Boldy James. The tour kicks off in Baltimore on 2/18 and wraps up during SXSW in Austin, TX on 3/20. Will you be there?

2/18 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
2/19 – Washington, DC – Howard Theatre
2/20 – Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
2/21 – Boston, MA – Middle East
2/22 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
2/24 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
2/25 – Toronto, ON – Tattoo Queen West
2/26 – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig
2/27 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
2/28 – Madison, WI – High Saloon
3/1 – Minneapolis, MN – Fineline
3/3 – Denver, CO – Blue Bird
3/4 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
3/5 – Missoula, MT – Stage 112
3/6 – Seattle, WA – Croc
3/7 – Vancouver, B.C. – Fortune Sound Club
3/8 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
3/10 – Sacramento, CA – Harlows
3/11 – Oakland, CA – New Parish
3/12 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
3/13 – Los Angeles, CA – Dragon Fly
3/14 – Tucson, AZ – The Rock
3/17 – Dallas, TX – Trees
3/18 – Houston, TX – WLS
3/19 – Austin, TX – SXSW
3/20 – Austin, TX – SXSW



In an interview with XXL, DJ Premier revealed that he has put together a live band and is set to debut his new show in Tokyo and Osaka on January 28, 30 & 31. The band will play revamped versions of Premier produced classics.

“I put a live band together because I’ve always dreamed of being in one ever since I was a kid,” Premier said to XXL. “I have a funky group of players assembled to play my classics and perform new things”

The band consists of the following:

DJ Premier- (Turntables)
Brady Watt- (Bass)
Lenny “The Ox” Reece- (Drums)
Takuya Kuroda- (Horns and Keys)
Corey King- (Trombone and Keys)

“I can play a little drums, bass and guitar but not like these guys, so I will stay on the wheels,” Preemo continued. “In a short four-days of meeting and rehearsing we clicked as if we knew each other for years. This is a new adventure into expanding my brand. I will always DJ, produce and be an artist because that’s what artist’s do. We open new lanes, but never close the lanes that we already opened. Keeping the roots of your foundation in tact is what gives you longevity. Basically what I’m saying is: Let’s Ride!!”

Featured guest producer: DJ Premier


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.”

DJ Premier


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.

Also, be sure to check out the new Tumblr page.

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
**************************SONG I WISH I MADE*********************
10. Slick Rick–Indian Girl (An Adult Story)
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


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$$ (f. Action Bronson, Ellie Varner)–Run Up On Ya
11. Roc Marciano–Three Sixty Five
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12. THE B-BOYS–2, 3, Break
13. Inspectah Deck–Gone
14. Keith Murray–Laws Of Polarity
15. Nutso (f. Blacastan & Steele)–Stra8 Talk
16. Nipsey Hu$$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



Sadly, the legendary space known as D&D Studios has come to an end. DJ Premier captured the entire process of tearing down the studio piece by piece on his Instagram.

Don’t fret though, Premier is moving into Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens, NY to continue laying down his work behind the boards. Check it out below.

Salute D & D Studios Legacy !!! #premierwuzhere #DaveAndDoug

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Gonna miss thiz place…. #premierwuzhere #DaveAndDoug #D&D

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DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9″ interrupted Phonte’s interview with The Stashed and what transpired next is nothing short of epic.

PRhyme, also known as DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9″, made their way into the STASHED studio as we were interviewing Phonte. Rather than having them wait, the three old friends all joined in one long conversation. Among the topic discussed include their history together, being grown men in Hip-Hop, and possibly working together on a new project. If that ever happens, you can thank us for making that happening.

Check out this nearly 30 minute conversation with Phonte, DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9.” It’s worth the watch.



After nearly 25 years, the iconic D&D Studios on the fourth floor of 320 West 37th Street is shutting down. The New York Observer caught up with DJ Premier, who bought the studio in 2003 and renamed it HeadQCourterz after his late friend Kenneth “HeadQCourterz” Walker, to discuss the some of the finest moments in the studio’s quarter century history. Everything from who used to hang out in the studio, fistfights with Guru and what ever happened to the Preemo and Nas album to recording with Christina Aguilera is stuffed into this piece.

Here are some highlights from the interview…

What was it like inside the studio in the early and mid ’90s?

Back then, Black Moon and the rest of Boot Camp Clik had a big chapter in the A Room at D&D. That was a standard picture here. Jay Z too. He would book my room, the A Room and the D Room, which was a newly built studio space in the back that they later tore down. He would have them all blocked so that he could knock out three or four songs at a time. I remember when Jay and Biggie recorded “Brooklyn’s Finest” for Reasonable Doubt in here. I didn’t do that beat, but they needed a place to rock.

Who would you hang out with outside of the studio back then?

Guru and I had a house in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, for a while and we used to have wild parties there when we weren’t in the studio. It was like a fraternity house. Every time you’d go in there was noise, music, girls, drinks and food everywhere. RZA and GZA from Wu-Tang used to come by, Easy Mo Bee used to come by, Special Ed used to come by. The list goes on. I remember Cypress Hill came by the house the day they were shooting the video for “How I Could Just Kill a Man,” cause they needed a place to lamp for a minute. They came over and we smoked our asses off until they left to go meet Ice Cube for the video. A lot of Friday nights, Guru and I would go kick it with Biggie, since he was just three blocks down from us.

Earlier this year, you told Hip-Hop Wired that while you were doing a track for the movie White Men Can’t Jump, you and Guru got into a fistfight here and then started recording right after. Was it serious?

He had a couple of bandages and bruises after that. I still have his teeth marks right there [points to his fist]. That’s where he bit me and they never went away. Now I’m proud to have those teeth marks. I’m not a tough guy, but I’ll throw down just like the rest of them if I have to.

You and Nas are working on a collaborative album that’s been rumored to come out for a while. When do you think it finally will?

Whenever he’s ready. We were supposed to do it years ago, but it didn’t happen. I know he has another album under his contract with Def Jam, so he has to knock that out. As soon as he calls me about that, I’m ready.

Check out the rest here.