In an interview with XXL, Royce Da 5’9″ reveals that PRhyme was originally intended to be a collaborative album between DJ Premier and Slaughterhouse.

How did the group with DJ Premier start?

We originally were supposed to do it with Slaughterhouse, and it didn’t pan out for a number of reasons. So I ended up getting on the phone with Preem and just asking him how he felt about just me and him doing it based off of our schedules.

Being sober, you have to find things that inspire you in order to truly do it. You lose interest in things, man. Like, you’ve been going to the studio for 20 years, rapping. [Laughs] Now it’s like, okay, you have to find something that drives you to the studio. So this was that thing. Any opportunity that I get to be able to work with Premo, I try to take it. I’ve been working with him on every single album, no matter what the situation is. So once we got three or four songs in, it was starting to feel like the stars were lining up. Everything started falling into place, and I’m into that. So I was like, alright, cool. And by the time we got to nine [songs], that was it. It was like, if we’re gonna do this, let’s do it.

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In part two of WatchLoud‘s interview with Nickel and Preemo, the duo reveal what legendary emcee couldn’t make the album and how sample clearances helped the creation of the album.

“The concept was to have somebody who was a wizard with the samples, sample somebody who creates his own music so we won’t have to clear anything,” Royce tells “And we’ll just have a project that we could put out for the fans. Somewhere along the line it just ended up being an album. I kept having to push Preeme for ‘1 more or 2 more.’ Every time we got to a point that felt like we were somewhere I felt like we needed one more thing to round it out. I started to get more of a vision as we were doing it. The Adriane Young thing was a way for me to work with him and do this project with Premier that I’ve been wanting to do since ’99.”

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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.”




The good folks over at 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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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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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.