DJ Premier was born in Texas in 1966, before moving to New York City during his teenage years. It was there that he would become an integral part of hip hop's blossoming in the 80s and 90s. Along with Guru, he was half of the seminal duo Gang Starr. With Nas, he produced three of the tracks off Illmatic, one of the great classic records of the golden era. 

Nowadays, he's crushing it with Royce Da 5'9" as PRhyme, and along the way he's worked with The Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z, D'Angelo, Big Daddy Kane, and so many more. He's become a legend through dedication and longevity, and is the subject of this week's Throwback Thursday. Take a trip down "Memory Lane" with a collection of DJ Premier's illest productions.