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Torii Wolf – Big Big Trouble (Official Music Video)

Looking for celebrity DJs for your club night?

Booking a celebrity DJ is a great way to raise the profile of your club night – whether it’s already a huge event or you’re just getting started. Big name DJs can help to draw in the crowds in a way that less recognisable names might not – and luckily there are plenty on the books at booking agents MN2S.

Boy George

One of the biggest names in the music industry, Boy George is available to book for DJ sets around the UK and beyond. First made famous by his turn in Culture Club, he was one of the biggest names in the New Romantic movement and has been a successful solo artist ever since. As famous for his gay rights advocacy as he is for his music, he’d be a great choice for an LGBT+ club night.

Samantha Ronson

Sister of producer Mark Ronson, Sam is exceptionally talented in her own right and has a deep understanding of the music industry because of her immersion in it. She’s a brilliant crowd-pleaser with experience DJing at the VMAs and Super Bowl, so a big crowd shouldn’t faze her!

Fazer

During his time with N-Dubz, Fazer was involved in writing and producing three platinum albums and eight top 40 singles, as well as playing some enormous venues around the UK. The trio have now gone their separate ways to pursue different avenues, and Fazer is available to book as an in demand celebrity DJ.

Celebrity DJ booking agencies in London

If you’re looking for a celebrity DJ to book, get in touch with a booking agent at MN2S, where you’ll find Boy George, Lindsay Lohan and Gizzi Erskine amongst many others. By adding a touch of glamour to your event, you’ll make it a hot ticket, and keep people coming back time after time.

Slaine & Termanology – Anti-Hero (Tracklist)


La Coka Nostra veteran Slaine and Termanology will finally combine forces like Captain Planet for their collaborative LP Anti-Hero.

“We were rivals,” Slaine remembers about his friend. “When I started buzzing, Term was coming up at the same time,” remembers Slaine. “I viewed him as competition.”

“Doing a record with Slaine, I’m thinking like this is hardcore, raw, shock rap,” Termanology adds. “I wanted to make it so that Slaine’s fans could feel me as well.”

Tracklist:
1. Still Here – Prod. by The Arcitype
2. Anti-Hero (feat. Bun B & Everlast) – Prod. by DJ Premier
3. Life of a Drug Addict (feat. Catero) – Prod. by Evidence
4. Some Other Sh*t (feat. Madchild & DJ Revolution) – Prod. by Statik Selektah
5. Apocalypse (feat. Nems & Ill Bill) – Prod. by Billy Loman
6. Land of the Lost – Prod. by Statik Selektah
7. Bringing Much Terror (feat. Chris Rivers) – Prod. by Psycho Les
8. Blink of an Eye (feat. Ras Kass) – Prod. by Statik Selektah
9. Snakes (feat. Sick Jacken & Jared Evan) – Prod. by Termanology & Artisin, co-prod. by The Arcitype
10. The Demon’s Peace – Prod. by The Arcitype
11. It Doesn’t Matter – Prod. by DC The Midi Alien
12. Blood In My Eyes (feat. Ea$y Money) – Prod. by Billy Loman
13. Comeback Story – Prod. by The Arcitype
14. Came a Long Way (feat. Conway) – Prod. by Billy Loman

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Torii Wolf – Big Big Trouble (Produced by DJ Premier)


“Big Big Trouble” is Wolf’s second recent song produced by DJ Premier, following the release of “Free” with Macklemore a few weeks ago. Flow Riiot is set to drop on September 29 via DJ Premier’s TTT (To The Top) imprint.

Full tracklisting & credit’s for Torii Wolf’s “Flow Riiot” Album:

1.) “Everlasting Peace” (produced by DJ Premier)
2.) “Meant To Do” (produced by DJ Premier)
3.) “1st” (produced by DJ Premier)
4.) “Big Big Trouble” (produced by DJ Premier)
5.) “Body” (Produced by araabMUZIK)
6.) “”I’d Wait Forever And A Day For You” (produced by DJ Premier)
7.) “Take It Up On Monday” (Produced by King Of Chill)
8.) “Go From Here” (produced by DJ Premier)
9.) “Shadows Crawl” (produced by DJ Premier)
10.) “Nobody Around” (produced by DJ Premier)
11.) “You’re Not There” (Produced by King Of Chill)
12.) “Where We Belong” (produced by DJ Premier)
13.) “Free” f/ Macklemore & DJ Premier (Produced by King Of Chill)
14.) “Pain Killer” (Produced by Mike Zombie)
15.) “Moscow” (Produced by Torii Wolf)

ASAP Ferg talks about working with DJ Premier


Check it out at 6:55!

Faith Evans and The Notorious B.I.G. – “NYC” (Feat. Jadakiss) (Official Music Video)

DJ Premier Breaks Down His Classics With Nas, JAY-Z, Biggie & Gang Starr

On August 8, legendary hip-hop producer DJ Premier sat down with Genius for the latest installment of Genius Level, our live conversation series with icons of the music business, including influential artists, songwriters, producers, and executives. The event was hosted by Genius’ Head of Artist Relations Rob Markman and sponsored by Cîroc and Breather. During the wide-ranging interview, Premier reflected on his legacy in hip-hop, from his early days has half of Gang Starr to his work with legends like Nas, JAY-Z, and The Notorious B.I.G.

Jump To A Topic:
Intro (0:00)
What’s The Greatest DJ Premier Beat? (1:24)
The Making of Nas’ “NY State of Mind” (2:40)
Gang Starr’s First Press Photo (5:27)
Premier’s Early Exposure to Music (6:04)
The Origin of Gang Starr (8:52)
The Making of Gang Starr’s “Just To Get A Rep” (13:24)
Why Guru & Premier Made The Perfect Team (15:24)
What’s The Greatest Gang Starr Album? (17:11)
Will There Ever Be a Posthumous Gang Starr Album? (18:22)
How KRS-One Turned Premier Into The Hottest Producer (20:38)
The Making of Biggie’s “Kick In The Door” & Jeru’s “Day One” (22:32)
The Making of JAY-Z’s Reasonable Doubt (26:42)
JAY-Z’s Original Black Album Idea (28:26)
Working with Kendrick Lamar (29:09)
The Making of D’Angelo’s “Devil’s Pie” (31:13)
Working With Christina Aguilera (34:58)
How Premier Makes Beats in 2017 (37:20)
Dabbing & Keeping Up With Modern Rap (38:38)
Sampling Adrian Younge on PRhyme (39:47)
Hearing A Sober Royce Da 5’9” Rap For The First Time (41:25)
How Premier Picks Vocal Samples (44:09)
Guru’s Famous “Lemonade Is A Popular Drink” Line (45:40)
On Break Records & Sample Snitching (46:44)
On Working Under Pressure (50:13)
PRhyme 2 Update (52:46)
Collaborating with A$AP Ferg (54:21)
Goodbyes & Thank Yous (56:30)

Props to Genius.com

A$AP Ferg & DJ Premier Made a “Raw New York” Song Together


Last night in Brooklyn, Genius held its second in-depth interview event Genius Level with legendary hip-hop producer DJ Premier. During the wide-ranging discussion hosted by Genius’ own Rob Markman, Premier addressed a question from Genius community member Skhills about his favorite unreleased record.

Although Premier explained that he doesn’t keep much unreleased music in the vault, he’s excited about an upcoming song he recently recorded with Harlem rapper A$AP Ferg:

I just did a joint with A$AP Ferg. It’s dope, it’s straight raw New York. It’s Preem Ferg, it’s not ‘New Level.’ I love ‘New Level’ and all that stuff, but it’s a Preem joint and he went in. The Ferg joint is head nod Preem, and it sounds like we connected, not Ferg over here and Premier over here, it’s merged together. It’s real simple but dope scratches.

Premier is referencing Ferg’s 2015 Future collaboration “New Level,” which served as the lead single for his sophomore album Always Strive And Prosper. “New Level” peaked at No. 90 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was eventually certified Gold.

The Gang Starr veteran went on to explain how he and Ferg immediately had chemistry in the studio:
We went in to see if we could even vibe and we clicked right away. We did it in a day and we’re like, ‘Let’s throw it out right now just to get the streets warm to show that you do styles like this as well.’ A lot of his stuff has more of a sound that’s popular with the youth right now. He even said, ‘I wanna do it like you did it ’90s style,’ and he came to the table.

Ferg is gearing up to release his new mixtape Still Striving on August 18; while a full tracklist hasn’t been released yet, his DJ Premier collaboration could very well end up on that project. The unreleased track will mark Ferg’s first time working with Premier.

Props to Genius.com

DJ Premier & The Badder Band – NPR Tiny Desk Concert

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.

Tracklist:

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); Brady Watt (bass); Mark Williams (trombone); Lenny “The Ox” Reece (drums); Jonathan Powell (trumpet).

Producers: Abby O’Neill, Bob Boilen, Niki Walker, Morgan Noelle Smith; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Niki Walker, Kara Frame, Colin Marshall; Photo: Liam James Doyle/NPR.

Torii Wolf – Free (Feat. Macklemore & DJ Premier) (Prod. by King of Chill) CDQ

New track from the upcoming album of Torii Wolf “Flow Riiot” (with 9 Premo productions on it!!), out in September 29th. Here’s more details about the single “Free”:

“When we had our first meeting to compile which songs were going to make the album [Wolf’s upcoming Flow Riott], King of Chill plays this track that I hadn’t heard,” Premier told Complex. “It was only a beat and Torii was singing a line from the Police’s ‘Voices Inside My Head.’ I asked both of them, why have I never heard this? It needed lyrics, but we removed the hook because I wanted to scratch on it. Torii came back to the studio, wrote and recorded her vocals and she decided to call it ‘Free.’ I was instantly hooked on this being one of the single releases from the album.”

The track’s subject matter holds very special meaning for Wolf as well.

“‘Free’ is a special tune. It’s very relatable,” she explained. “True freedom comes from within; it’s the battle we face each day with our own identity. Having the confidence to be comfortable in our skin and with who we are; and being our true authentic selves. I find the content of someone else’s mind most attractive.

She continued, “Feeling free in my gender fluidity and the way I connect with other humans is vital to my being. To feel safe in outwardly expressing what it is that ignites a spark in me can be very challenging in the society we live in. However, it’s only harder when I try and resist it. It feels very important for me to lead by example in sharing with others how we are in control of our own destiny. To be in touch with ourselves in knowing what we want, who we are and what feels good is such a gift. It radiates and it is very liberating. Allowing your spirit to shine can be contagious and that freedom from within is the light that we all need.”

Despite the fact that Wolf didn’t mention the song’s deeper meaning to Macklemore, he still hit on it in his verses.

“Without even getting too in-depth with him conceptually, Macklemore’s verse fell so in line with the feel so organically,” Wolf added. “Ben’s words are so dope and I feel so grateful to hold space for them on this record. ‘My spar partner is the devil, but I train with God’ and ‘As long as I’m me, then you know that I’m free’ are such incredible lines that truly resonate.”

The song’s artwork was done by the mother-daughter team of Amanda and Jaxon Demme. Amanda, who also created the artwork for the DJ Premier/Royce Da 5’9″ collaboration PRhyme, has a long history in the entertainment business, having done music supervision for movies like Judgment Night, Blow, Garden State, and Mean Girls.

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Related: TORII WOLF EXPLAINS NEW SINGLE “1ST” & WORKING WITH DJ PREMIER




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