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MC Eiht Says DJ Premier “Which Way Iz West” Album NOT For Freshman Class


Since taking the gangster rap world by storm with his 1993 breakout hit, “Streiht Up Menace,” which was featured in the cult classic film, Menace II Society, MC Eiht has continued holding down his spot among the Hip Hop elite. Beginning with 1994’s We Come Strapped, his solo output has also been fairly consistent, culminating with his twelfth offering, Compton’s O.G., in 2006. The 49-year-old vet and founding member of Compton’s Most Wanted is now gearing up to release lucky number thirteen, a collaborative project with DJ Premier titled Which Way Iz West, which he says is “not for the Freshman of 2017.”

“It’s not for the new class,” Eiht tells HipHopDX. “It’s not for them. My music is for people who love Ice Cube and for people who love Dr. Dre’s first record. My music is for people who liked Nas’ first record—that type of era of music. Not to say that I’ve switched up to this righteous intellect. I’m still MC Eiht on that Compton’s Most Wanted shit, but the music or verses don’t reflect the bullshit of today. When you pop in Which Way Iz West when it come out, you gonna go, ‘Oh this is some of that 1990s shit.’ That’s what it is. We trying to give you that feel. That’s all.”

Preemo and Eiht have already shot two videos for the project, and the album is completely mixed and mastered. It’s being released as a joint venture between Premier’s label, Year Round Records, and Eiht’s imprint, Blue Stamp Music.

“Right now, we are finishing the cover art and setting the official release date,” he says. “I’m lookin’ forward to bringing back some quality in West Coast music and in general.”

When Eiht began making music, he never imagined he’d be going on nationwide tours, selling countless albums or working with some of Hip Hop’s most coveted artists. In East Compton, where he spent his childhood, his only goal was to gain the respect of the homies on the block. Now, however, his name is often mentioned in the same breath as Eazy-E, N.W.A and Ice Cube. DJ Premier and Eiht are aiming to drop the new album mid-February with a goal of continuing the West Coast legacy of innovative, unforgettable music.

“It’s been a long time since we first started with our type of music as far as the West Coast is concerned, but I feel it’s been pretty significant over the years,” he says. “If you look down the line, we’ve produced or put out some of the most prolific rappers— from myself and Eazy-E to Dre and Snoop. The list goes on with The Game, Kendrick, and whoever else, too. As far as representing the West Coast or Compton, our music has come a long way— from when we first started with Ice T’s ‘Six ‘N The Mornin’ to Kendrick Lamar winning Grammys and whatever, so West Coast and Compton music is significant as far as Hip Hop as a whole is concerned. You have to put us right there with the pioneers like Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash. No doubt.”

Source: HipHopDX

Faith Evans & The Notorious B.I.G. – NYC (Feat. Jadakiss) (Prod. by DJ Premier) CDQ

BANGER, TRACK OF THE YEAR ALREADY??

Related: NICK JAVAS PAYING HOMAGE TO THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G.

Busta Rhymes – Grinch 2000 (Original Version) (Feat. Jim Carey) (Prod. by DJ Premier) (Radio Rip)

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!

Here’s some unreleased Busta Rhymes x DJ Premier collabo featuring the Christmas spirit, recorded around 2000 with the Mr. Grinch soundtrack in a genius way sampled like only Premo can do it!
This was the original version but they used the one produced by Teddy Riley for the official soundtrack. The reason why this version never got released is unknown, but the beat was later given to the Coca Cola Company. Enjoy:

Ripped from DJ Eclipse ‘Rap Is Outta Control’. Also played by Statik Selektah radio show. Voila.

Related: LIL FAME & TERMANOLOGY – PLAY DIRTY (FEAT. BUSTA RHYMES & STYLES P) CDQ

MC Eiht – Represent Like This (Feat. WC) (Produced by Brenk Sinatra) (Video Shoot Behind The Scenes)

Another snippet from the new album around 1min50:

Props to CMW Gang

The Lox – Move Forward (Produced by DJ Premier)


The Lox announced that they were signing with Roc Nation only two weeks ago, and their new album Filthy America… It’s Beautiful is already here. The 12-track project includes features from Gucci Mane, Fetty Wap, Mobb Deep, Dyce Payne, and Infa-Red. Filthy America… It’s Beautiful is The Lox’s first proper album in sixteen years. They last dropped We Are the Streets way back in 2000, although they’ve continued to record and release music since then. Most recently, they dropped a trilogy of EPs called The Trinity.

And now it’s here! After the classic LOX x DJ Premier track “Recognize” back in 2000 they reunited for a new banger called “Move Forward”.
Listen to DJ Premier mixing it last week on his radio show Live from Headqcourterz below:

And the full album stream on Spotify:

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Props to Complex

DJ Premier Mix on OVO Sound Radio (Episode 35)


OVO Sound Radio has just made episode 35 available for streaming. This past week’s episode saw the exclusive premiere of Keep God First, an impressive new mixtape from Canadian sound maestro Murda Beatz. The show also highlighted mixes as DJ Premier provided some nostalgic vibes while Oliver debuted U.K. MC Dave’s new “Two Birds, No Stones” Drake remix.
Listen to the entire episode below.

DJ Premier from 5:52 till 52:35.
Playlist:
1. Vinnie Paz – Herringbone (feat. Ghostface Killah)
2. NYGz – Policy
3. Smoke DZA & Pete Rock – Limitless (feat. Dave East)
4. D.I.T.C. Ent. – Come and Get Me (feat. Tashane, A. Bless, Majestic Gage, A.G.)
5. Torii Wolf – Shadows Crawl (feat. Rapsody) [Open Eyes DJ Premier Remix]
6. Pearl Gates & Syll – Symphonic
7. MC Eiht – Runn The Blocc (feat. Maylay) [DJ Premier Remix]
8. Bumpy Knuckles & Nottz – Legends
9. The Lox – Don’t You Cry
10. Jakk Frost – Cool V Freestyle
11. Madchild – Broken Record
12. David Bars – Something About
13. DJ Premier – Chemical Burn (feat. The Lady of Rage)

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Twenty One Pilots – Lane Boy (DJ Premier Remix) CDQ

“While I was in LA recording with Dr. Dre for the Compton Soundtrack, one of my homies told my tour manager to check out Twenty One Pilots,” Premier told Complex over email. “I bought Blurryface and liked it immediately, so I started looking for videos as well. I saw the ‘Lane Boy’ video and loved the concept of the song and video. It’s about refuting the idea that artists should stay in a ‘lane’ or be defined by a particular style or sound. ‘Lane Boy’ is the song I wanted to remix. They sent me the stems and said to rock out with it. The Preemix is now official.”-DJ Premier




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