At 49, DJ Premier may be pretty old by hip hop standards but he's still one of the most active artists in the industry. He just wrapped up a European tour with his new band The Badder, he's got his PRhyme thing going with Royce Da 5'9", he produced the title track of The Game's The Documentary 2, and he just announced a new solo album.

Indeed, Premo is still a force to be reckoned with, and as he mentioned in an interview on the BET Hip Hop Awards Green Carpet, he considers himself a student of the younger generations of rap. “We’re into them for a reason. The youngsters that’s out now, I buy it all,” he said. “Like Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan -- I study all that stuff. I don’t do that style, I don’t have to. They’re doing it. My younger nieces, nephews, and all them, they like that style. I study it because I want to make sure that I understand what they’re up to because they are part of our family. Know your hip hop on every era of it.”

"The hardest hip hop to understand is foreign hip hop because of the language, but the attitude you can feel. So it's the same thing as this. Just be dope."

Just be dope. Watch the full interview below.