New update in regarding the closing of legendary D&D/HeadQCouterz Studios. DJ Premier found a new producer home, Kaufman Astoria Studios. What can I say about this company, it’s an big ass company located in Queens. It’s a film and music studio that has the only blacklot in NYC, so it’s that big! It already exists since the late 20’s and through the years movies like Goodfellas & Carlito’s Way were filmed over there but mostly television shows like Judge Judy, The Cosby Show, Sesame Street, …
He will join the new studio in 2015. Looks very clean, very very clean, and modern. No more vending machines with blunts in it
R.I.P. D&D Studios (1984 – 2014)
While promoting, PRhyme, his collaborative project with Royce Da 5’9, HHW caught up with DJ Premier to get his thoughts on the Cosby allegations:
Man, its so weird because all the years his image has been so not tarnished, and you know now that he’s 77 and this comes out and it goes from just one person to two people — to 15 girls. And you know we don’t have real facts, we were not in the rooms with these girls. No matter what they say, till the court of law says you are guilty, you have to always ride with it and say, ‘Yo, you are still cool till proven otherwise. And you know it’s weird that now after all these years something like this will come out and you look at all the body of work he’s done, from Fat Albert to even The Cosby Show and those things gave our people something to make ‘em want to strive for greatness. I would hope that at the end of all this, it does not turn out to be 100 percent true because it would be hypocritical of him to push all of these agendas, especially the whole thing with rappers and how they should watch their language all that stuff — and then turn around you are doing something crazy like that. Let’s hope that he comes out with a clean slate, and I’m sure in the wash that will come out, if it’s dirt still in the machine then we will know. I love Bill Cosby, I’m a big fan. Always will be and you know, same thing with R. Kelly, I still love his music despite the sh– he went through, it’s not like now your music does not mean anything to me. Let’s hope that he isn’t tarnished at the end of this, because they are not gonna ease up on him, they are gonna see how real this sh– is, so let’s hope he can clean it up and prove us wrong. Right now, I only believe the facts and that’s all you can go by.
I had my doubts posting this, but yeah. TMZ shit.
Fuck! Crazy news from 320 west 37th Street, Manhatten aka HeadQCourterz Studios, formerly known as the legendary D&D Studios. Exactly 30 years after D&D was founded by Douglas Grama and David Lotwin it has to close its doors. It’s known thanks to the artists that recorded music at the studios like Madonna, Dee-Lite, Foxy Brown, The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Jay-Z, Jeru The Damaja, KRS-One, Big L, Joe Budden, and Black Moon, among others. But its mostly known as the home studio of DJ Premier.
But in 2003 D&D closed and nobody was prepared to take it over except DJ Premier & Charles Roane, I remember him saying it was a risky choice because there was a lot of money involved and I think he even had to sell his house. But he followed his heart and bought it. I also remember he held in 2003 a big sale because it needed renovation for HeadQcourterz Studios. He renamed the studio to a fallen friend of him.
And now after 30 years some rich investor bought up the whole building to put apartments in it. Not many details are available but DJ Premier stays there till the end of 2014. And no word on what will happen with the studio next, but I’m sure this is not the end… Only the end at the legendary 320 west 37th Street. DJ Premier planning on leaving the building with a farewell documentary that goes along with an album. Would be dope with the former D&D artists on it! …Sad day for hip hop…
I wrote various articles about the studio in my blogging history, check:
HEAD UP EYES AND EARS OPEN, WORD IS BOND!!
— DJ Premier (@REALDJPREMIER) November 23, 2014
Mixcloud, our favourite upload station for DJ Premier’s “Live From HeadQCourterz” show is growing and growing since we first used it in 2010. Now they just started with their new pro account that has more options and cool features for the true dj’s who want to upload their mix on a professional level.
Now to celebrate that, the people from Mixcloud are giving the fans of DJ Premier a 3 months pro account for free!! All you have to do is go to http://www.mixcloud.com/pro and enter the follow coupon at the botton of the page: DJPREMIERFREETRIAL.
Enjoy!! And thanx to all the people at Mixcloud HQ!
For the latest DJ Premier mixes and shows, you can check our mixcloud account here.
2. Dat Sound Good (feat. Ab-Soul, Mac Miller)
3. U Looz
4. You Should Know (feat. Dwele)
6. Wishin’ (feat. Common)
7. To Me, To You (feat. Jay Electronica)
8. Underground Kings (feat. Schoolboy Q, Killer Mike)
9. Microphone Preem (feat. Slaughterhouse)
Label: PRhyme Records
Release date: December 9th
No word yet on vinyl release!
Courtesy is now available for only $1.29 on iTunes.