DJ Premier News

  • Classic Rotation: Gang Starr's "Hard To Earn"
    Classic Rotation: Gang Starr's "Hard To Earn"
    Mar 8, 2015 at 04:45 PM
    1994 was a very important year for hip hop music. What 1969 was for psychedelic rock, or what 1977 was for disco, 1994 was for hip hop. It was an absolutely shaping year that prepared an underground art for mainstream explosion. Albums like Illmatic and Ready To Die spearheaded the movement, but albums by O.C., Warren G and Gang Starr also helped to sculp the scene.
  • DJ Premier & Royce Da 5'9" Announce "PRhyme: The Tour" Tour Dates [Update: Your Old Droog & Boldy James Added]
    DJ Premier & Royce Da 5'9" Announce "PRhyme: The Tour" Tour Dates [Update: Your Old Droog & Boldy James Added]
    Jan 29, 2015 at 01:23 PM
    DJ Premier and Royce Da 5'9"'s joint endeavor, PRhyme, hit shelves today, and is receiving no lack of positive feedback. If you enjoyed what you heard on the LP, you'll be able to see them perform tracks live as part of their "PRhyme" tour.
  • DJ Premier Shutters Studio, Announces New Album "Last Session @320"
    DJ Premier Shutters Studio, Announces New Album "Last Session @320"
    Jan 12, 2015 at 07:15 PM
    Over the past 30 or so years, DJ Premier has made his mark on hip-hop in a way that few producers have. Most recently, he did it with Adrian Younge and Royce Da 5'9", his two cohorts in PRhyme, but this year, things are changing for the veteran. First off, he'll be shuttering his longtime recording space at D&D Studios (known as "The HeadQcouterz"), but then he'll be relocating to a space in Astoria, Queens, and releasing a new album.
  • MF Doom To Be Featured On Deluxe Version Of "PRhyme"
    MF Doom To Be Featured On Deluxe Version Of "PRhyme"
    Jan 5, 2015 at 12:28 AM
    During an interview with the New York Observer about the closing of the legendary D & D Studios, DJ Premier announced that MF Doom is set to be featured on a deluxe edition of PRhyme. 
  • PRhymeTime "Courtesy" Remix Contest: Vote
  • Review: Royce da 5’9" and DJ Premier’s "PRhyme"
    Review: Royce da 5’9" and DJ Premier’s "PRhyme"
    Dec 13, 2014 at 10:43 AM
    When Royce da 5’9” and DJ Premier announced that they’d be making an entire project together, hip-hop heads everywhere got excited. Premier is a legendary figure in hip-hop and Royce is widely revered for his ability to spit quality bars. With three years having passed since Royce’s last project, he’s still managed to remain active with work related to Slaughterhouse and Shady. Premier’s name will be relevant in hip hop discussions no matter what.
  • Stream Royce Da 5'9'' & DJ Premier's "PRhyme"
    Stream Royce Da 5'9'' & DJ Premier's "PRhyme"
    Dec 1, 2014 at 12:23 AM
    NPR has slowly but surely become a go-to destination for some of the dopest hip-hop around.
  • "PRhyme Time" Remix Contest For Royce Da 5'9" & DJ Premier's "Courtesy"
    "PRhyme Time" Remix Contest For Royce Da 5'9" & DJ Premier's "Courtesy"
    Nov 18, 2014 at 03:07 PM
    Music fans rejoiced when news broke that Royce Da 5'9" and DJ Premier were teaming up to create PRhyme, a rapper-producer duo as well as the title of their debut album together. With Royce's undeniable wordplay and Premier's adaptation of music from Adrian Younge's catalog and signature scratches, hip-hop enthusiasts are in for a treat, when the album drops on December 9th. 
  • #TBT: Nas' Portrait Albums
    #TBT: Nas' Portrait Albums
    Nov 13, 2014 at 12:04 PM
    Nas' first four albums famously wore portraits of the MC in a different light. He was a kid on Illmatic. He was an adult on It Was Written. He was a pharaoh on I Am... He was Nostradamus on Nastradamus. The uniformed imagery paired with the super-strong material he was laying down creates a consistency that no other MC has matched. Not to add fuel to a dead fire, but Jay Z's Volumes just weren't quite as strong as Nas' first four albums...let's face it.
  • Pete Rock Releases "Time Is Illmatic" Mixtape
    Pete Rock Releases "Time Is Illmatic" Mixtape
    Oct 29, 2014 at 04:06 AM
    Legendary producer Pete Rock has teamed up with all of the original producers featured on Nas' Illmatic for a brand new mixtape. Titled after the film of the same name, Time Is Illmatic is forty minutes of remixed glory. 
  • DJ Premier To Produce Album With Loaded Lux
    DJ Premier To Produce Album With Loaded Lux
    Oct 22, 2014 at 05:03 AM
    DJ Premier has his hands full nowadays. On top of producing an entire collaborative project with Royce Da 5'9'', the legendary producer has also agreed to handle the boardwork on upcoming album from battle rapper Loaded Lux. “I was like, ‘Yo, we gotta work on a project,'” Premier tells RapIsOuttaControl. “We haven’t put it out there, but we’ve been having verbal meetings about doing an album project together, and we’re gonna make that happen.”
  • DJ Premier & Royce Da 5'9" Reveal Cover Art & Tracklist For "PRhyme"
    DJ Premier & Royce Da 5'9" Reveal Cover Art & Tracklist For "PRhyme"
    Oct 14, 2014 at 10:12 AM
    Yesterday we received a radio rip of the first leak off DJ Premier and Royce Da 5'9"'s highly anticipated collaborative album, PRhyme. When the album was announced a few weeks back, the duo revealed the features on the LP, which were strong in and of themselves. Pair that with Premier and Royce, and how could this album disappoint?
  • Stream Saigon's "GSNT3: The Troubled Times Of Brian Carenard"
    Stream Saigon's "GSNT3: The Troubled Times Of Brian Carenard"
    Sep 30, 2014 at 04:01 AM
    If you read the headline for this article and thought, "Saigon? Isn't that the dude from 'Entourage'?" You'd absolutely be right, but if that's the extent of your knowledge on the Yard Father, it's about time you caught up. 
  • Joey Bada$$ Reveals That He Worked With Hit-Boy, DJ Premier And Statik Selektah On "B4.DA.$$"
    Joey Bada$$ Reveals That He Worked With Hit-Boy, DJ Premier And Statik Selektah On "B4.DA.$$"
    Sep 25, 2014 at 06:19 PM
    Although we haven't heard a first single, gotten a release date or seen artwork from Joey Bada$$' long-awaited debut album, B4.DA.$$, he claims that it's finished. In a new interview with MTV, the de facto Pro Era leader gave just a few hints about what we can expect from the full-length project. He says that previous collaborators Statik Selektah and DJ Premier have beats on the album, as well as HS87's Hit-Boy, which is pretty exciting news, considering Bada$$' love of boom-bap and the lack of boom-bap beats in Hit-Boy's arsenal.
  • DJ Premier & Royce Da 5'9" Announce "PRhyme" Album, Reveal Features
    DJ Premier & Royce Da 5'9" Announce "PRhyme" Album, Reveal Features
    Sep 24, 2014 at 02:07 PM
    Nine days ago, DJ Premier and Royce Da 5'9" appeared together in a brief video that hinted at a joint project entitled "PRhyme." Now, the duo have confirmed that a joint album is on the way and have revealed plans for several high-profile features.
  • DJ Premier Reveals Mysterious New Project, Talks Nas Album
    DJ Premier Reveals Mysterious New Project, Talks Nas Album
    May 15, 2014 at 07:57 PM
    DJ Premier has made his name in the game, and pretty much anything he releases at this point has a certain level of prestige to it. In a new interview with Life + Times, the producer spoke on two planned projects, one much more complete than the other. 
  • Wale Reveals That Pete Rock And DJ Premier Are Working On "The Album About Nothing"
    Wale Reveals That Pete Rock And DJ Premier Are Working On "The Album About Nothing"
    May 4, 2014 at 12:42 PM
    Though no release date has been announced, anticipation is already building for Wale's upcoming album, The Album About Nothing. Previously, we reported that J. Cole and DJ Premier were working with Wale on the release, and now, we can add legendary producer Pete Rock's name to that list. This morning, Wale took to Twitter to shout-out his new producers, tweeting:
  • Wale Is Working With J. Cole & DJ Premier On "The Album About Nothing"
    Wale Is Working With J. Cole & DJ Premier On "The Album About Nothing"
    Apr 2, 2014 at 03:25 PM
    Wale recently made headlines for an altercation he had with a Twitter troll, who he approached IRL at a WWE match this weekend, leading to a bit of a scuffle. While he's still having a tough time controlling his temper, the DC has still found time to work steadily on his 4th official project, The Album About Nothing. 
  • De La Soul Are Offering Their Entire Discography For Free Download Today
    De La Soul Are Offering Their Entire Discography For Free Download Today
    Feb 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM
    That's right, folks - pioneering hip-hop trio De La Soul are offering the dopest Valentine's Day gift any true hip-hop head could ask for. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of their classic debut album 3 Feet High and Rising, they're providing their entire catalogue for free via their official website, for a period of 25 hours beginning at 11AM EST today. 
  • Nas Will Perform “Illmatic,” With DJ Premier, In Its Entirety At BUKU Music+Art Project
    Nas Will Perform “Illmatic,” With DJ Premier, In Its Entirety At BUKU Music+Art Project
    Feb 1, 2014 at 06:32 PM
    The 2014 BUKU Music + Art festival is upon us, and will feature a very special act. Nas is going to perform, and not only is he going to perform, but he'll be doing the entire, seminal Illmatic record in it entirety, back to front. A good way to celebrate the 1994 classic's 20th anniversary and an even better way to bring the house down for the festival.
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