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VINTAGE: Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth – Strictly For The Ladies

This is my shit! Somebody got a good rip of the video? Gold like the vinyl single itself!

DJ Premier Endorses “Tha Blaqprint”

DJ Premier on Skyzoo’s debut album

I’m not saying they did record together, but DJ Premier is suppose to be on Skyzoo‘s debut album “The Salvation” together with 9th Wonder, Nottz, Illmind and more. The album will release on the 11th of august through 9th Wonders label “Jamla Records” via Duck Down.

Source: Hip Hop Galaxy

DJ Premier added to Brookyn Hip-Hop Festival ’09

The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival announced today the addition of the legendary DJ Premier to the 2009 lineup.

Brooklyn, NY, May 7th, 2009 – This is DJ Premier’s second appearance at the BHF. In 2008 he headlined along with KRS ONE and Buckshot. One of the few regrets from 2008 was Premier’s shortened set. This will not be a problem in 2009 as Brooklyn Bodega, creators and producers of the Festival, jumped at the opportunity to bring back one of the greatest producers and DJ’s in Hip-Hop history.

Equally lauded as one half of Gangstarr with longtime partner Guru and as producer in his own right, Premier is a pillar of Hip-Hop culture. He has crafted classics for Notorious B.I.G. (“Unbelievable”, “Kick In The Door”), Jay Z (“Friend or Foe”, “So Ghetto”), Nas (“Nas Is Like”, “New York State of Mind”) and host of others including The Black Eyed Peas, Snoop Dogg, Christina Aguilera, Ludacris and 50 Cent. However, what has made Premier so unique is that while he has remained the go to guy for the best in the game, he has always remained true to his underground roots. MOP, Big L, Mos Def, J-Live, Common, Dilated Peoples as well as developing acts Torae, NYG’z, and Blaq Poet have all also worked with DJ Premier.

“DJ Premier is simply one of the greatest. Not only musically but professionally. Who else, producer, mc, or executive, has remained not only intensely relevant but truly dominant for this long. Let us not forget [Gangstarr’s] ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy’ dropped 20 years ago. Today he is still making hits for everyone from Maroon 5 to Termanology. After what Premier did for Notorious B.I.G. on ‘Ready To Die’ he became the anchor for Hip-Hop. You made your pop track for radio but you had to have your Premo track for true Hip-Hop heads,” writes Festival Executive Director Wes Jackson. “I have always admired that while Premo was working with these huge acts and making good money he never let fame, success, or finances stop him from working with who he wanted. He has always stayed true to the art. He answered calls and delivered hits for MOP and Royce [the 5’9′] just as quickly as he did for Nas and Jermaine Dupri. I want to thank Premier and his manager Phat Gary for helping us make our 5th Anniversary something for the record books.”

DJ Premier joins Pharoahe Monch, Styles P, Smif N Wessun, and J Period on the lineup. Next week Brooklyn Bodega will be announcing several more Main Stage performers as well as the first round of Second Stage performers.

The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival 2009 will take place on June 18th, 19th and 20th. Events include a retrospective photo exhibit of the first four years, a kick off party, Family Day, The Main Day, and the Official After Party.

Family Day and Main Day are June 20th at Empire Fulton Ferry State Park, 1 Main Street, in DUMBO Brooklyn from 12p.m. – 8 p.m.

Check for more info.

Tickets for the Main Day are available for only $10 at and Fat Beats New York, 406 Avenue of the Americas # 1, New York, NY 10011, and (212) 673-3883.

Patrons buying online will be able to participate in the Subscriber Partnership Program, which will entitle them to premiums from our various sponsors. Details to follow.

Brooklyn Bodega are the creators and producers of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. They are a collective of cultural programmers, marketing professionals, writers, designers and academics dedicated to the celebration and preservation of Hip-Hop culture. Their daily musings can be found at

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival/Brooklyn Bodega
Marketing and Biz Dev
John Davis

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival/Brooklyn Bodega
Festival Coordinator
Moses Elwood

Source: Hip Hop Press

Blaq Poet’s “Tha Blaqprint” Review

What a honor, I can do the first review of “Tha Blaqprint“?! Lol, why not… When I looked in my mailbox this morning I saw a mail of this company who does the promotion for “Tha Blaqprint”, I opened and what was inside? A sampler of “Tha Blaqprint” mixed by DJ Premier, it was clearly saying I couldn’t post it on my blog. I had DJ Premier exclusives before, but I would never expect a sampler, that being said, I’ll do my best to write a good review (I’m just a random boy with a bad education of a non english country who loves hip hop, I even didn’t live it):

Blaq Poet is not satisfied with the current direction of hip-hop. Never one to sit on the sidelines, Poet is preparing the release of a new album to bring listeners back to the hardcore, gritty, New York boom-bap sound for which he’s known and loved. Giving a glimpse into the Queensbridge state of mind that influences his sound, Poet says, “QB is like everything you heard. It’s home to those who live there, and it’s definitely not home to people who don’t.” Following the critical success of his debut solo LP “Rewind: Deja Screw” in 2006, Poet has been busy in the lab perfecting “Tha Blaqprint” and the new album is finally ready for the masses.

Creating unadulterated, authentic, New York boom bap requires the right touch, and to ensure “Tha Blaqprint” would have the proper musical aesthetic Blaq Poet joined forces with legendary producer, long-time collaborator, and friend DJ Premier. Not only is DJ Premier releasing the album on his own Year Round Records, he also crafted beats for all but two of the album’s tracks, including the album’s lead single “Ain’t Nuttin’ Changed.” Elsewhere the album features production from producer-extraordinaire Easy Mo Bee (The Notorious B.I.G., GZA, 2Pac) and Gemcrates, a young producer on the rise. In a time when albums lack musical consistency and emcees and producers rarely find themselves in the studio together, Poet’s true-school formula shines bright on his new LP.

Poet, a native of the Queensbridge projects, first made a name for himself in 1987, with the release of “Beat You Down,” a scathing song attacking KRS-One at the height of the battle between Queens and The Bronx. Later, honoring a dead friend, he formed the hardcore rap group Screwball, comprised of other QB rhymers Hostyle, Solo, and Poet’s cousin KL. After the release of three successful albums as a part of Screwball that included production from hip-hop luminaries such as Pete Rock, Marley Marl, and DJ Premier, Poet released his solo LP “Rewind: Deja Screw”, to high acclaim. Staying busy in-between albums, Poet’s unique brand of rhyming has graced numerous projects, including the landmark KRS-One and Marley Marl song “The Victory”.

1) I-Gettin (Prod. by DJ Premier)
This must be the hardest hardcore introduction ever in hip hop history, seriously. It’s a track when you play the album in your system you know exactly what you’re fucking with. You’ll think ‘this is serious man, need to turn this volume up’! For the people who saw him live on his recent tour will remember this track, it’s also the first track he plays as introduction for his live performance.

2) U Phucc’D Up (Feat. KL) (Prod. by Easy Mo Bee)
Featuring the late KL (R.I.P.), it’s not a hardcore beat but the verses are still raw. He’s more like a silence killer on this track. If you bought “God vs Tha Devil” mixtape by DJ Premier you know what the deal is. It’s a cool track, but I’ve got the feeling it will loose attention between the high standard of the next tracks.

3) Ain’t Nuttin’ Changed (Prod. by DJ Premier)
This is the leading single for “Tha Blaqprint”, here you can see the clip. This track is actually art, I remember how I was recording LiveFromHQ last year at six in the morning. I was half asleep and suddenly something got my attention, I was like daaaaaamn!! In the clip you can see whole Year Round Records posse like Nick Javas, Khaleel, NYGz and Blaq Poet. Loved the clip! And when the sample was found you could only love it more, he combined three fucking samples at once and you know when Premo does that what do you get? A classic act with Akon on the hook…

4) What’s The Deal? (Prod. by DJ Premier)
I’ve heard this track first in 2006, I think it was released on one of DJ Premier’s mixtapes. Most of you already heard the track I think. It’s a track with a hard kick combined with a piano sample who always makes your head go nodding.

5) Legendary Pt. 1 (Feat. Nick Javas & NYGz) (Prod. by DJ Premier)
This track is only released on vinyl before, as a B Side of a NYGz single. First time we heard Nick Javas on a Premo beat, part two is actually in the making. Representing Year Round with that hardcore boom bap sound, don’t miss it!!

6) Hood Crazy (Prod. by DJ Premier)
Released on a mixtape in 2007, but I think he had it on his myspace first. It’s a track with an upcoming sample, there should be more tracks out there like this!! Poet rips it apart…

7) Voices (Prod. by DJ Premier)
Available on “No Talent Required” mixtape, released in 2006. I personally love this track, the track keeps you fascinated from begin till end. It’s an ode to hip hop today, and Poet has it right! Premier comes with a dark beat on this one. How can you not love this?

8) Hate (Feat. N.O.R.E.) (Prod. by DJ Premier)
One of the six new recorded tracks for the album, featuring the more famous (and Queensbridge homie) Noreaga of Capone-N-Noreaga. Aired recently on the radio and posted first on this blog. Love the sample, for real, love it!! Raw and hard to the bone, now with Noreaga!! PHAT PHAT PREMO SOUND.

9) Sichuwayshunz (Prod. by Gemcrates)
Wow!! This track really blew me away, Gemcrates is holding it down between DJ Premier and Easy Mo Bee. It really surprised me. After hearing the raw version of Poet’s story through the album you can hear his emotional version about his look on the different situations right here, the beat just makes it perfect. Nice piano loop, well done Gemcrates!!

10) Stretch Marks And Cigarette Burns (Feat. Panchi & Imani Montana) (Prod. by DJ Premier)
I think a lot of people are waiting on this one, my first feeling about the beat was: G-Funk flavor with DJ Premier formula haha. Blaq Poet is telling his story about the women, the beat just fills it perfect in. You can perfectly lay back on this beat and chill the fuck out. I would buy the album only for this track.

11) S.O.S. (Prod. by DJ Premier)
Leaked in 2006 also, don’t remember what mixtape. Poet spitting raw on a beat that keeps me reminding of an older movie soundtrack.

12) Let The Guns Blow (Prod. by DJ Premier)
100% Blaq Poet, this track was once aired on LiveFromHQ. It’s an underground track where Poet tells you how to act in the hood and nothing can be saved. Don’t fuck with him!

13) Don’t Give A Fucc (Prod. by DJ Premier)
This beat is from the Hooked OST, but Poet re-used it to give it an extra flavor. It’s a hectic track, you get the feeling he get chased. How many tracks you get the feeling he is actually live in the situation? In 2007 first leaked, you can also hear it on a DJ Premier mixtape.

14) Rap Addiction (Feat. Lil’ Fame & Shabeeno) (Prod. by DJ Premier)
Classic in the making? YES!! One of the most hyped songs on the album, and I didn’t see a person who disliked it when it got leaked earlier this year on my blog… This track just tells you you don’t have to worry about hip hop, as long as Premo makes beats it will always be save…

15) Never Goodbye (Tribute to KL) (Prod. by DJ Premier)
What a sad beat, another example DJ Premier can just deliver anything you want for your rhyme. A very personal track by Blaq Poet for KL (R.I.P.), with DJ Premier scratching a female artist on the hook. Blaq Poet touches you right in the heart with this one.

This could be the album of the year people, and this is only a pre album… One for the books. It’s a prove that age ain’t nuttin’ but a # for Blaq Poet, it doesn’t matter how old you are. If you want an hip hop album that is full of raw rhymes and hard beats just buy it. If you want an album with club bangers and people who hang their chain low, don’t buy it. (Your chain could break). Simple as that. You want another reason why you should buy this album? I’ll give you one: you waited three years on it… Why did you waited three years on it? Because you knew how dope it will sound.

Album will release on 29th of june on Year Round Records via Fat Beats on CD and double vinyl. Their will also be an instrumental release, date unknown. Watch out for the “Ain’t Nuttin’ Changed” remix with MC Eight and Young Maylay dropping next month. Peace!!

New interview with Inqmnd

(Click on the picture to read)

Source: Inqmdn Magazine

The interview itself is older I think, but released yesterday…

Tha Blaqprint NYC Listening Party

Dear esteemed NY-based journalists,

You are cordially invited to the press listening party for veteran rapper via the historic Queensbridge Projects Blaq Poet next Wednesday evening at the HeadQCourterz (formally D&D Studios). Blaq Poet is releasing “Tha Blaqprint” on June 29th on DJ Premier’s Year Round Records via Fat Beats. Billboard Magazine already claimed that the single “Ain’t Nuttin Changed” is a “much needed return to raw beats and rhymes in this era of ringtone rap.”

This will be your first opportunity to hear the album in its entirety. You’ll be getting a jumpstart on pitching stories for this project! Both Blaq Poet and DJ Premier will be hosting the party.

When: Wednesday, May 6th
Where: HeadQCourterz, 320 West 37th Street, 4th Floor between 8th and 9th Aves.
When: The party is from 7-9pm. The listening party starts promptly at 7:30pm – please don’t be late. And please don’t invite your homeboy and your homeboy’s boy. This is for press and radio folks only!

Also, Blaq Poet is available for interviews immediately. Also expect friend artists at the party.

For invitation mail to

A Random Update

1) I had a mail from a guy who took the next thing in question: did Guru rejected “Nas Is Like” beat? (Because I said it on this post). Including me was confused because DJ Premier said recently at the Rosenberg interview he made the beat at the same day it was recorded with Nas so Guru couldn’t hear it and judge it earlier. He even says at that interview Guru was pissed because he gave it to Nas. So I put this in an update. I got this old interview with Gang Starr where they were talking about the beats. Guru says he disliked the beat, but he never said he rejected the beat. Not from what I’m hearing now, so I would like to say sorry for the wrong info. And I would like to thank cimm for pointing that out! The info needs to be right…

Gang Starr Interview on King Tech “Wake Up Show” 12/04/2003

2) How many Christina Aguilera site’s does there exists? Damn! And I can believe some of you don’t thrust a random (fan)blog of DJ Premier, so I taped the phone conversation with Premo here!

“She is like my little sister” -DJ Premier

3) Another fan asked me about the “NYGemix“, Preem told us a long time ago the video was shot with Lady of Rage in LA, NYGz and Bumpy in NY and Royce da 5’9″ in Detroid. I asked Gordon and he told me it all the information is correct and it will be used for a Year Round Records compilation album. Date unknown.

LiveFromHQ 02/05/2009

Last night DJ Eclipse was holding a party at LiveFromHQ because we all know DJ Premier is staying at Christina Aguilera‘s home with his crew to work on her upcoming album. But you know Preem, he always gives a call to check in! Christina asked him to do two track for the album but they recorded already up to four tracks haha, she said he has to do whatever he feels like doing. Four tracks?! 2009!! And I’ve seen I already got linked to Aguilera’s fan pages, so I got some news for them too. The new album is suppose to release in september. Paparazzi and million Christina fans: get ready. She was suppose to get on the phone but she was going to eat or something. I think Panchi is becoming the new co-host on LiveFromHQ, and damn, this guy is too funny. For real, he is ALWAYS funny. Check “The Panchi Chronicles” for prove, you should pay only to hear his jokes haha. Preem was telling about the major fans at Aguilera’s crib taking pictures and shit and Panchi was already joking how Preem get out the mansion in his shorts with all the tabloids shit over there. Whatever, got some more news.. DJ Premier going west-coast? There is going to be a remix of “Ain’t Nuttin’ Changed” with MC Eight and Young Maylay (he is the main character “CJ” in GTA:SA game, Premo is a big fan of him). The video is shot last week also in LA. We’ll hear it in about two weeks. I can only dream about it lol. That’s all folks, stay tuned!

The Panchi Chronicles

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