Posts Tagged ‘DJ Premier’

 

Aug 21, 2017 | Abby O’Neill | Three-time Grammy winner DJ Premier, one of the definitive architects of New York hip-hop, brought a new type of life to NPR’s Tiny Desk: our first concert helmed by a DJ. A packed house of head-nodding journalists grooved through their lunch hour to a nine-song medley of iconic Premier productions while decompressing from the unrelenting grind of the news cycle. The set list rested on the undeniable footprint of Preemo’s classics, but this was more than just another DJ mix. His touring outfit, The Badder Band, overlaid Premier’s blends with an undulating electric bass courtesy of Brady Watt, a steady accent on the one from drummer Lenny “The Ox” Reece and boisterous horns from Mark Williams and Jonathan Powell. But it was Premier who remained front-and-center, commanding the crowd like a true party rocker. With throwbacks ranging from Gangstarr’s “Step into the Arena” to an amped rendition of Jeru The Damaja’s “Da Bitches,” embellished by The Badder’s jazzy horns, Preemo concluded the set with a “Moment of Truth,” featuring the exalted rhymes of his posthumous Gangstarr partner, Guru. Tiny Desk concerts are short by design, so naturally the format could barely scratch the surface of Premier’s vault of street anthems, done for the likes of the Notorious B.I.G., JAY-Z, Nas, Kanye West, Big L, M.O.P., Mos Def, Group Home, Jeru the Damaja, AZ, Snoop Dogg, and many more. Even after a career spanning almost three decades, the man born Christopher Martin has managed to stay authentic to his analog grit and sample-chopping integrity, as if he were still an underdog. SET LIST “Premier Production Medley” – KRS-One – “KRS-One Attacks” – KRS-One – “MC’s Act Like They Don’t Know” – Das Efx – “Real Hip-Hop” – Nas – “Nas Is Like” – Jeru The Damaja – “Da Bichez” – Gang Starr – “Step In The Arena” – Gang Starr feat. M.O.P. – “1/2 & 1/2” – Royce Da 5’9 – “Boom” – Gang Starr – “Moment Of Truth” MUSICIANS DJ Premier (producer); Braden Watt (bass); Mark Williams (trombone); Frank Reece (drums); Jonathan Powell (trumpet)

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DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE GREAT ARE GONE TO PAY RESPECT.

New rule: honor thy style fathers. After losing so many of our musical heroes this past year, it’s time to stop waiting until the greats are gone to pay respect. J.PERIOD’s new series “RESPECT THE DJ” pays tribute to legendary hip hop DJ/producers who changed the game–and continue to. No better way to kick things off than with a mini-mix tribute to one of the greatest hip hop producers of all-time — DJ Premier — on his 51st birthday.

Never heard Preemo do a rock beat like this. Kind of different. I dig it.

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