DJ Premier tells the story behind the creation of The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Ten Crack Commandments.” Originally, the beat was meant for Angie Martinez’s show on Hot 97 with Jeru the Damaja rhyming over it. But then Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs intercepted the beat while visiting the radio station and told DJ Premier to call him on the air. Puffy asked for it to complete Biggie’s Life After Death album and things got interesting. Remember, Jeru and Biggie had beef at the time and, well, let Preemo tell it.
One of the most requested songs for DJ Premier’s “So Wassup?” sees the light of day for episode 53 as Preemo discusses the two year journey to create Gang Starr’s “DWYCK” featuring Nice & Smooth. The song was originally supposed to be on Daily Operation but ended up on Hard To Earn. Want to know why? Check out the episode.
DJ Premier goes back to when he produced “Extra Extra” for the Queen of Fort Greene, Paula Perry. In the 52nd episode of “So Wassup,” Preemo discusses what went into the song, how he connected with Perry and why he believes she’s one of the most underrated emcees in Hip Hop.
DJ Premier addresses one of his most requested songs for “So Wassup?” by digging through the process of how he created “Brainstorm.” Why was it so aggressive? What the hell was going on in Preemo’s mind to make a song that would make fans go nuts in a mosh pit? Find out.
The history between Jay-Z and DJ Premier runs deep. For the 50th episode, Preemo gives insight on the creation of “D’Evils” from Jay-Z’s debut album Reasonable Doubt. Knowing Jay since 1988, Premier was familiar with the future mogul’s come up. Here’s how a phone conversation with Jay-Z laying out what he wanted resulted in DJ Premier concocting the beat.
The 49th episode of DJ Premier’s “So Wassup?” series takes us back to 1998 when Gang Starr dropped “You Know My Steez” from the Moment of Truth album. Preemo goes into the nuts and bolts of the song’s creation and explains why it is one of the top 5 songs he ever produced.
Some may have forgotten about Big Daddy Kane’s “Show & Prove” from back in 1994 when he was joined by Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Jay-Z, Shyheim, Sauce Money and Scoob. But DJ Premier reminds us about producing the track that introduced the world to a bald-headed Jay-Z and his rapid-fire flow.
For episode 47 “So Wassup?” DJ Premier tells one of his favorite stories about the creation of “Code of the Streets” off the Hard To Earn album. Preemo goes back to 1992 television show called “Crime Chronicles” and explains how a song Guru produced for that song ended up becoming “Code of the Streets.”
DJ Premier kicks off the new year by giving us a doubleheader for Episode 46 of “So Wassup” as he delivers the goods on the creation of M.O.P.’s “Rugged Neva Smooth” and “Downtown Swinga.”
For the 45th episode of DJ Premier’s “So Wassup?” Preemo details the creation of the ultra jazzy “Breakfast @ Denny’s” by Buckshot LeFonque.