With Drake recently announcing that his R&B mixtape, It’s Never Enough, has been put on hold, it seems as if his rap calling is getting the best of him.
Apparently, one of the pioneering producers of New York City’s early ’90s hip-hop sound may have played a part in Drizzy’s desire to focus on his rhymes.
“I met Drake at the Jay-Z and Eminem concert at Yankee Stadium. A good friend of mine does some charity work for Derek Jeter and was also working with Drake,” DJ Premier tells VIBE on the first time he was introduced to the rapper. “He told me Drake wanted to come say “what’s” up real quick before he got on the stage with Jay.”
Premier describes his first encounter with hip-hop’s rookie of the year as a humble and genuine experience. Much like producer extraordinaire Pharrell, Drake felt the need to actually bow down and pay his respect to the hip-hop legend.
The two ended up connecting on a personal level and watched the rest of Jay and Eminem’s monumental show in the same suite. After breaking the ice, Drake nonchalantly requested for Preemo’s services on his forthcoming sophomore set.
“He said ‘Yo next album I want to do some stuff [with you]‘ and that’s pretty much the end of it.” DJ Premier continues, “He comes down and sits down next to us to watch the show and everybody in all the other suites next to us started bugging. He was just chilling there and not acting like he was too cool.”
Once again my love for 90s Hip Hop has no limit. Damn! Last time I had the change to talk about this 90s event, which had a lot of attention. Even Stretch was surprised about it. I wonder why the people gave it so much attention… I question myself if it was the song itself or just the reminisce of the 90s that got much attention? I’m always into covering 90s stories, I did a few more of them. The J-Rock article was my first one. Great great.
I’m a vinyl collector myself, not so big as those hardcore collectors, but I like to buy rare shit from time to time if I have the money. But every hardcore vinyl collector will have their ears open when they hear about the Akinyele 12inch “Break A Bitch”. It’s on paper one of the most valuable piece of vinyl ever in Hip Hop. Next to Kool DJ AJ “Ah, Thats The Joint” and Mr. Magic’s “Be Bop Convention” LP you can’t have this without paying the four numbers. Prices up to 5000 dollars are nothing rare when it comes to this 12inch.
The reason why it’s so fucking expensive record is because of the rarity. The 12inch was only test pressed. The record is almost an urban legend. Some say only 10 copies were pressed, some say 18. Another reason why it’s so expensive is because 1 track on the vinyl is so rare that it isn’t even downloadable (until now). Many diggers including me are searching the track for years. People who don’t know: you could consider searching an element of hip hop. We are now almost 2011, but in the past you had to search your shit. And some people like me are still trying to search shit, it’s still our way of making fun.
The 12inch released by Liberty Grooves has on the A-Side the track “Break A Bitch Neck“, produced by Large Pro and featuring Kool G Rap. And on the B-Side ” You Gotta Go Down“, produced by Doo-Wop. And another track called “No Exit (Part II)”, produced by Dr. Butcher. That’s the wanted track were only a snippet was released of in the past. Nobody who has the vinyl or promo cassette ever ripped it, but Stretch Armstrong used to play it a several times on his show in the 90s. So I tweaked it a little like I love to do and made this article. Why not? We still don’t have the original rip, but we come closer and we have a full audio now. Enjoy probably the most valuable known joint ever in the history of hip hop:
I could give you more text about Akinyele background but face it, if you don’t know him you don’t know hip hop… And there’s actually one copy available to buy -if you have the cash- click. If you have crazy records stories, free feel to share them in the comment section! DJ Premier Blog brrrrraaaa brraaaa.
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