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DJ Premier Signs On As Music Producer For VH1 Rap Drama ‘The Breaks’


Grab your Kangol and head over to Jeans West for some new threads. VH1 has announced production of The Breaks, an original movie about the Hip Hop business set in New York City during the early 90s, that will serve as a backdoor pilot for a potential series. DJ Premier, multiple Grammy-award winning member of the seminal rap group Gang Starr, will serve as executive music producer and compose the score.

The Breaks is based on Dan Charnas’ nonfiction book The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop, which covers the rap game from its infancy in the 1970s house party scene through the staggering financial and cultural milestones of the early 00s. Set in 1990, the series will follow three friends from different backgrounds attempting to break into the business just as the art form was escaping out of the margins and becoming part of the pop music mainstream.

Given the setting, which happens to mark the middle point of the golden age of hip hop, the rise of gangsta rap, and the height of New Jack Swing, DJ Premier’s involvement is a huge advantage. In addition to his work with Gang Starr, Premier has been involved with some of the most influential and successful rap and R&B albums of all time, including works by Compton’s Most Wanted, Nas, D’angelo, The Notorious B.I.G., and Jay-Z.

The Breaks follows VH1’s previous TV films, 2013’s CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, and 2014’s Drumline: A New Beat, both of which saw great ratings for the network. If successful it could spawn a full series aimed at the audience of other shows with soundtracks overseen by music legends, like Fox’s Empire, with music production by Timbaland, and ABC’s Nashville, which saw T-Bone Burnett as music producer during its first season.

The Breaks will be written, directed and executive produced by Seith Mann, whose previous credits include episodes of The Wire, Fringe, The Riches, Entourage, and Homeland. In addition to his production work, DJ Premier is also the host of a weekly show on Sirius XM’s Hip Hop Nation. Filming for The Breaks will begin in June, and the film is scheduled to air sometime in late fall, 2015.

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Big Shug Triple OGZUS Record Release Party April 25th in Boston

DJ Premier receiving the Global Spin Awards 2014 (Live Footage)

Props to Loykes for the heads up!

Related: DJ Premier Interview with Music Times x Global Spin Awards

Big Shug’s New Album “Triple OGzus” Out March 17th

Original Gang Starr Foundation memeber Big Shug is coming with a new album next month since “I.M. 4-EVA” released three years ago. With three DJ Premier productions!! Snippets below.

After trailblazing around the globe numerous times with Gang Starr as a core member of the Gang Starr Foundation, Big Shug, who has appeared on Gang Starr’s classics such as 1994’s Hard To Earn “F.A.L.A.,” 1998’s Moment Of Truth “The Militia” and 2003’s Gold-certified The Ownerz “Capture” (Militia Pt.3), follows up his last street savvy endeavor, I.M. 4-EVA (2012), with his new project, Triple OGZus, which will be released on 3/17/15.

While MoSS, Reel Drama and Kidd Called Quest contribute production, staying true to the Gang Starr Foundation formula, Big Shug recreates his indelible bond with DJ Premier on the albums two singles and videos, “Off Rip,” which also features Termanology and Singapore Kane, and “I Bleed For This”. Preemo produces three tracks in total on Triple Ogzus and as Shug states, the bond the two have fostered over the years only continues to grow “Premier is my brother, and with all the technology, and changing faces, we are still the same. We are on the same page when we make songs, we still bug out. We represent the Gang Starr legacy. And we are serious about that!”

Big Shug explains “Triple OGzus represents me as a street veteran, underground icon and original gangster who is always wise to the game. I love the fans and will always represent authentic hip-hop music with my soul.”

Tracklist:

1. I Am Somebody (Prod. by DJ Premier)
2. I Bleed For This (Prod. by DJ Premier)
3. The Reason (Prod. by Gem Crates)
4. Days Go By (Prod. by Big Shug)
5. Never Change (Prod. by Reel Drama)
6. Not A Fan (Feat. Reks & Termanology) (Prod. by Kidd Called Quest)
7. Triple OGzus (Prod. by Kidd Called Quest)
8. Make That Body Do (Prod. by Reel Drama)
9. Off Rip (Feat. Termanology & Singapore Kane) (Prod. by DJ Premier)
10. 2 Good (Feat. Trumayne) (Prod. by Kidd Called Quest)
11. All In (Prod. by Kidd Called Quest)
12. Showtime (Feat. M-Dot & DJ Djaz) (Prod. by DJ Brans)
13. Make Moves, Get Money (Prod. by MoSS)
14. Get It (Feat. Singapore Kane) (Prod. by Reel Drama)
15. Relationships (Prod. by Reel Drama)
16. Chase Then Ball (Prod. by Kidd Called Quest)
17. Soldiers It’s War Out Here (Prod. by Kidd Called Quest)
18. In The Rain (Prod. by Charles Roane)

Out March 17th via Brick Records! Boston!

Related: Big Shug – Hardbody (Feat. Fat Joe & M.O.P.) CDQ

DJ Premier: 5 Songs I Wish I Had Produced

1. M.C. Shan – “The Bridge” (Prod. by Marley Marl, 1986)

“I’m from Texas, originally, and I went to Prairie View A&M University. It was my freshman year in college, and Run DMC came to perform at my school with Dana Dane and Clark Kent. They would put on music in between acts, and ‘The Bridge’ came on. I was like, ‘What the f-ck is that?’ It was just, ‘The Bridge,’ ‘The Bridge,’ ‘The Bridge’ and then the drum roll with the duh, duh, duh, duh.

“The way it sounded with the echo, it was just so hard. I thought it was saying, ‘The Breaks.’ I was like, ‘That shit is hard,’ because I had already liked ‘The Breaks’ by Kurtis Blow back in 1980, so to hear someone saying ‘The Breaks’ and it was ill way he was saying it. Then, to find out it was ‘The Bridge, from there on, I was a Marley Marl fiend — nobody is more of a Marley fiend than me. To this day, it’s so f-cking ghetto. That record’s so dope.”

2. Audio Two – “Top Billin’” (Prod. by Audio Two and Daddy-O, 1987)

“Who would take [The Honey Drippers’] ‘Impeach The President’ and just chop it like that? I remember King Of Chill showed me the little trigger machine they used. It was like the size of my BlackBerry. They used it to get it like that, the dun, dun, dun dun dun, because back then we weren’t on MPCs and all that stuff yet. The way Milk sounded on it and they just kept stopping, you can hear the next line echoing before he said it. I was like, ‘What the f-ck?’ It blew me the f-ck away, man.”
3. Eric B. & Rakim – “Eric B. Is President” (Prod. by Eric B. & Rakim, remixed by Marley Marl,1986)

“It’s ill because I used to love ‘Funky President’ by James Brown — I’m a James Brown fanatic. To hear those sounds in the beginning and every time he went into another line, you’d hear that little quick drum roll, I was like, ‘Yo, that shit is ill.’ That’s when we started doing the wop. To this day, you know when that comes on everybody does the wop.”

4. Jay-Z – “U Don’t Know” (Prod. by Just Blaze, 2001).

“I wish I had made this, and I told [Just Blaze] this the other day. First of all, I have the original sample, so Just Blaze just destroyed that. He showed his scientific side with that record and Jay just slaughtered it lyrically, even just the ‘Turn my music high’ part. I just can’t stop playing that part before you get to the lyrics — the lyrics are dangerously ill. Jay always goes in, but that’s definitely one of the most incredible records ever made in hip-hop.”

5. M.O.P. – “How About Some Hardcore” (Prod. by Darryl Dee, co-produced by Laz-E-Laz, 1993).

“I saw the video on Video Music Box and they were just grimy. And that sample, it’s dope when you just play the original anyway. But it’s emotional when you hear it and those horns go, ‘dananana.’ They just shitted on that. We used to see The Source magazine back when they were really a hip-hop magazine, and Select Records would always advertise and [the ‘How About Some Hardcore’ single] had that cover with the knife it in. I was like, ‘What kind of shit is that?’ ‘How About Some Hardcore’ and there’s a fucking knife on the cover? I thought it was kinda silly. Then the video has the same knife in the wall. I saw it and how they looked and they’re from Brooklyn and they just looked like they could hurt something, which they do. I’ve been in brawls with them. It’s a well-done record. Well done.”

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And on every LiveFromHQ show he plays more tracks he wished he produced!

DJ Premier To Debut His Own Live Band In Japan


DJ Premier is unveiling his new live band in Osaka and Tokyo for six shows (Jan 28, 30 & 31). The shows are with Billboard Live. Premo and his band (a five piece accompaniment featuring drummer, bass player, horns, keys, trombone) will be putting there instrumental flourishes to Premier’s catalog of classics; from Gang Starr to Jay-Z, Biggie & Nas and everything in between.

“I put a live band together because I’ve always dreamed of being in one ever since I was a kid,” said Preem. “I have a funky group of players assembled to play my classics and perform new things” http://spellshelp.com

The members of DJ Premier’s live band are:
DJ Premier- (Turntables)
Brady Watt- (Bass)
Lenny “The Ox” Reece- (Drums)
Takuya Kuroda- (Horns and Keys)
Corey King- (Trombone and Keys)

The legendary DJ/Producer added, “I can play a little drums, bass and guitar but not like these guys, so I will stay on the wheels. In a short four-days of meeting and rehearsing we clicked as if we knew each other for years. This is a new adventure into expanding my brand. I will always DJ, produce and be an artist because that’s what artist’s do. We open new lanes, but never close the lanes that we already opened. Keeping the roots of your foundation in tact is what gives you longevity. Basically what I’m saying is: Let’s Ride!!”

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DJ Premier Thinks Schoolboy Q Should Win Grammy Over Iggy

DJ Premier Announces His First Solo Album, Last Session @ 320

Less than one week into his new studio home in Astoria, Queens, big news is coming from DJ Premier. The longtime Gang Starr producer/DJ has announced his first solo album, Last Session @ 320. Planned for 2015, the title is presumably an homage to the 37th Street address of his just-closed HeadQCourterz Studios (f/k/a D&D Studios), where Premier was first an artist in residence and then an owner, dating back to 1992.

“The building was sold in order to change it from commercial business to residential and our leases would not be renewed, so basically that means ‘everybody out!’ It is tough to accept after so many years making that much history there, but life is good and I will continue to make hot music. Passion never leaves your soul and I have a lot of it so I’m ready to continue on.” said Premier in a press statement. He is apparently already referring to his new home, in Kaufman Studios, as “HeadQCourterz” as well.

The upcoming album will feature guest MCs, although none have been confirmed at this time. Beyond six albums with the late MC Guru in Gang Starr, DJ Premier has been a co-headlining collaborator on albums with Bumpy Knuckles, and the just-released PRhyme with Royce Da 5’9″. Additionally, Premier has produced full albums by Group Home and Jeru The Damaja. Previously, DJ Premier, as a solo artist, has only released beat compilations and DJ-hosted the 1997 compilation, Haze Presents: NY Reality Check 101.

Additionally, Preemo’s label, Year Round Records, has 2015 plans on albums by longtime label artists NYGz, Texas MC Khaleel, former Chubb Rock and Dr. Dre protege The Lady Of Rage, and iconic Compton Rap pioneer MC Eiht.

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PRhyme American Tour Dates Out

Feb. 18 Baltimore, MD Soundstage
Feb. 19 Washington, DC Howard Theatre
Feb. 20 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
Feb. 21 Boston, MA Middle East
Feb. 22 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
Feb. 24 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
Feb. 25 Toronto, Canada Tattoo Queen West
Feb. 26 Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig
Feb. 27 Chicago, Il Reggies
Feb. 28 Madison, WI High Saloon
Mar. 01 Minneapolis, MN Fineline
Mar. 03 Denver, CO Blue Bird
Mar. 04 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
Mar. 06 Seattle, WA Croc
Mar. 07 Vancouver, Canada Fortune Sound Club
Mar. 08 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
Mar. 10 Sacramento, CA Harlows
Mar. 11 Oakland, CA New Parish
Mar. 12 Orange County, CA Constellation Room
Mar. 13 Los Angeles, CA Dragon Fly
Mar. 14 Tucson, AZ The Rock
Mar. 17 Dallas, TX Trees
Mar. 18 Houston, TX WLS
Mar. 19 Austin, TX SXSW
Mar. 20 Austin, TX SXSW
Mar. 21 Austin, TX SXSW




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