Wednesday, December 13, 2006

DJ Premier

Christopher E. Martin (born March 21, 1966), better known as DJ Premier (and Premo or Primo as his fans, fellow musicians and critics call him sometimes), is a prominent American hip hop producer and DJ, and the instrumental half of the duo Gang Starr, together with MC Guru on the lyrical side. Contrary to popular belief, DJ Premier is not a founding member of Gang Starr. Following an invitation by Guru, he joined the 1987 founded group in 1989.No more than three producers (Dr. Dre, RZA, and Prince Paul) can test DJ Premier's status as the most important trackmaster of the '90s, and no style is more distinctive. Aggressive and raw, a Premier track was an instantly recognizable soundclash of battling loops and heavy scratching — all of them perfectly timed — that evoked the sound of Brooklyn better than anyone. Besides helming tracks for his main concern, Gang Starr, since their 1989 debut, Premier's productions appeared on many of the East Coast's most important records: Nas' Illmatic, the Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die, Jay-Z's Reasonable Doubt, Jeru the Damaja's The Sun Rises in the East, and Mos Def's Black on Both Sides.Premier, born Chris Martin, spent time in Brooklyn and Houston while growing up, and studied computer science at Prairie View A&M outside Houston. Known as Waxmaster C, he'd already learned to play a variety of instruments and also managed a record store. After moving back to Brooklyn, around 1987-1988 he came into contact with Guru, a Boston native. Guru had already formed a group named Gang Starr two years earlier (and recorded with the 45 King), but his former partner, Mike Dee, had returned to Boston. DJ Premier and Guru signed to Wild Pitch and released a debut single ("Manifest") and album (No More Mr. Nice Guy). Gang Starr's interest in melding hip-hop with jazz informed the record, and they were invited to add to the soundtrack for Spike Lee's 1990 film Mo' Better Blues. Their subsequent work was much more mature and unified, with a pair of instant East Coast classics (1991's Step in the Arena and 1992's Daily Operation) arriving in short order.DJ Premier had been working with other vocalists for years, and his productions for the 1990 landmark Funky Technician by Lord Finesse and DJ Mike Smooth cemented his status as one of the best producers around. He soon began recording exclusively at D&D Studios, a spot soon to become a shrine for hip-hop fans (thanks in large part to his own work). The year 1994 was a huge one for Premier, probably the best year for any rap producer ever; in addition to dropping another Gang Starr classic, Hard to Earn, his productions appeared on five-star, all-time classics by Nas (Illmatic), the Notorious B.I.G. (Ready to Die), and Jeru the Damaja (The Sun Rises in the East), as well as Big Daddy Kane and Branford Marsalis' Buckshot LeFonque project. Though his workload dropped off considerably during the late '90s, he still managed to place tracks on three of the first four Jay-Z albums, and returned in force with the new millennium, including shots with Common, D.I.T.C., D'Angelo, Jadakiss, and Snoop Dogg.

DJ Premier - New York Reality Check 101 (Jan 5, 1998: Payday)
New York Reality Check 101 mixed by DJ Premier is a solid example of '90s underground hip-hop of New York; if DJ Premier is behind something it must be good. The album is a compilation of 14 singles that DJ Premier adeptly cuts back and fourth accompanied with an ongoing narration by Primo himself. Songs to check for include but are not limited to ED O.G.'s "Off Balance," Company Flow's "8 Steps to Perfection," and the resonating piano-laced Shades of Brooklyn's "Change." The only two cuts to really avoid are Brainsick Mob's "Mixmaster" and Finsta Bundy's "Feel the High Pt. 2," not because they are terrible, but rather because they just lack the soul and creativity the other 12 songs are steeped with. In other words, the aforementioned cuts seem weak because the rest of the album is so solid. DJ Premier is associated with another project that proliferates quality hip-hop; just consider it a bonus that he helps expose good music otherwise not readily available in mainstream markets.

DJ Premier & Jay-Z - Collabo EP (2002)
01 So Ghetto
02 Friend or Foe

03 Bring It On (ft. Big Jaz)

DJ Premier Presents - Step Ya Game Up (2004)
01 DJ Premier - Steal Ya Game Up Intro
02 NYG'z - Get 2 Tha Point
03 Showbiz - On My Way ft. Fat Joe, Party Arty
04 Tef - Tefs Def Jam
05 Alchemist - Hold U Down ft. Prodigy, Nina Sky, Ill Gee
06 Arcee - Super EducatedRedman - Welcome To Gillahouse
07 Pitch Black - Rep Tha Hardest
08 M.O.P. - Get Down
09 Shyne - The Gang ft. Foxy Brown
10 Skillz - Take It Back
11 Young Gunz - Never Take Me Alive ft. Jay Z
12 Blaq Poet - Whats The Deal
13 Bumpy Knuckles - "Why" Freestyle
14 Diamond D - So Lovely
15 Ghostface Killah - Its Over
16 Erick Sermon - Chillin ft. Whip, Talib Kweli
17 Murs - And This Is For

DJ Premier Presents - Checc Ya Mail (2005)
01 DJ Premier - Intro
02 Papoose - Mother Nature
03 Evidence, Alchemist, Big Twin - To The Top
04 Blaq Poet - Bang Dis!
05 Rev. Run - Mind On The Road
06 Redman - Gillahouse Check
07 AZ - The Come Up
08 Smooth B - Game Over
09 354 & Styles P - Coast To Coast
10 Big Shug - The 3 Shugs
11 Teflon - Freestyle (Rugged Terrain)
12 Freddie Foxxx - The Life
13 G-Unit - 300 Shots
14 The Game - Ghost Unit
15 Likwit Junkies - Ghetto
16 NYG'z, Rave, Rotay Flush, T-Sluggs, Juice - Bullseye
17 Red Rock - Gee's Like Us
18 Nas - Death Anniversary
19 Doo Wop - R.I.P. Justo

DJ Premier - No Talent Required (2006)
01 DJ Premier - Intro
02 Teflon - Pay Homage
03 MOP - Stop Pushin'
04 Royce 5'9" - Ding!
05 Blaq Poet - Voices
06 Planet Asia - On Your Way
07 Jay Z - Lost One
08 NYG'z - Gz & Hustlaz
09 Termanology - Watch How It Go Down (Remix ft. Lil Fame & Papoose)
10 Uncle Murda - Hood Rules Apply
11 Jay Dee - Love Jones
12 Defari - Peace & Gangsta
13 50 Cent - I Got Hoes ft. Hot Rod
14 KRS One - My Life
15 Hi-Tek - 1-800-Homocide ft. The Game & Dion
16 Ice Cube - Growin Up
17 Brotha Lynch Hung & MC Eiht - Agent Double O Deuce 4 Blocc & CPT
18 Talib Kweli - Cuntry Cuzins ft. UGK
19 Jay Z - Hov Is Back (Mick Boogie Remix)
20 The Game - Why You Hate The Game ft. Nas

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Antonio said...

The presentation of Premier is absolutely excellent...
Good job!

Eliko B said...

Thanks :)

primo said...

great post! thanx

no_name said...

hey hey... nice post right there :) keep it up homeboy ;)

CB4 said...

Great collection... thanks a lot!

hiphopfanatik said...

Hey nice retrospective unfortunately Jay-Z Collabo EP/DJ Premier is a dead link now :( Eliko B can u re upload it please Thanxxx
As Salaam Aleikum / keep bangin'

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