Here’s some interesting interview with DJ Premier done by some good folks in France! And we have a little update on the D&D Documentary Project, listen.
“Last Session @ 320” Will Feature Dr Dre, Ed Sheeran, Christina Aguilera, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Black Moon and more
This deserves definitely a blog post!! They all say vinyl sells are again rising and rising but that’s for older LP’s who gets a reissue or some shit but it’s a fact that singles for new albums aren’t pressed on vinyl anymore, only iTunes and shit. So we lost a lot of DJ Premier instrumentals on wax these years… But the good folks of Slice of Spice are now giving First Division “This Iz Tha Time” a wax release, because of the big costs to do this, this one is limited and exclusive if you buy the collectors edition of their full LP release “Overworked & Underpaid”. The single also features a non album cut “Watch Out” produced by Marco Polo! Sign up here if you want to be on the list for the collectors edition as it’s getting released soon…
Also folks, the new Papoose collabo with DJ Premier for NBA is leaked, also The Game collaboration “The Documentary 2”. But you’ll have to search them yourself as I can’t “leak” shit anymore. Peace!
The overwhelming success of N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton may cause Hollywood execs to start digging around for more hip-hop backstories to plunder. If veteran producer DJ Premier, who worked with Dr. Dre on the latter’s “Animals” track for new album Compton, has his way, his former group Gang Starr will be next on the slate for a biopic.
The producer has begun working with the sister of Keith “Guru” Elam, the rapper who worked with Premier on six albums before passing away in 2010, to turn his vision into reality, but stresses that authenticity trumps speed. “I told her I need some time; there’s no rush,” Premier tells Rolling Stone. “It took over 20 years to do N.W.A and Dre told me, ‘I wanted to do it because I didn’t want [anyone] to mess with what N.W.A stood for in the movie and not have it weaken our legacy,’ and it’s the same thing with Gang Starr.”
While Straight Outta Compton rankled some critics by omitting notable parts of the group’s career — specifically Dr. Dre’s vicious assault against hip-hop journalist Dee Barnes — the film’s verisimilitude dwarfed that of comparable biopics.
It’s a trait Premier hopes to emulate. “All the crazy stuff we did that a lot of people don’t know about has to be included in order for it to be authentic,” Premier says. “I lived with Guru — I knew him well — and know the stuff he really went through. All the wild groupie parties; all the shootings, everything. We went through crazy, crazy shit, and in order for it be as authentic as Straight Outta Compton, it has to be pretty much like that. We went through a wild, wild journey.”
O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Ice Cube’s son, deftly plays his father in the movie. And while Premier won’t have any of his family enter Hollywood, he expects the same level of accuracy.
“Look how accurate the actors were for Compton. I’d want our movie to be the same exact way,” Premier says. “Like, Gravy played Biggie Smalls very well in Notorious. I want something like that, where the demeanor, the voices, the actions are all dead on. Ice Cube’s son had to go through the wringer of being a professional thing. I want it be as authentic as possible… I want to cover everything that really went down with us; we’d have to go through our own career. I’d be as hands-on as Dre.”
A lot of my friends have helped worked & contributed on this album & I'm very excited for them because they all worked hard. I've been very blessed to have meet so many good & talented people in this crazy music business, including my heroes. Then something happened. 2 weeks ago, I finally get to meet the man himself. At the studio. It's crazy because I have a lot of friends that worked with the Doctor but I've never met in person. It was surreal. It was really cool to talk to him about DJing & music. It was very kind of him to let me listen to some of the final versions of this upcoming album. And what was even very crazy, is that I got to witness the official producer collabo between the Good Doctor & @djpremier for a song that features the talented @anderson_.paak. Now this is where the Hip Hop Geek in me gets giddy. Not that it's an important factor to the song, but I was able to help Preemo find some phrases to a scratch hook he was getting ready to lay down. Look at my recent old IG pic with me, Preemo & @xzibit to give you an idea. I wish I could've gotten a picture with the Good Doctor but I didn't want to interrupt their workflow & overstep my welcome. Even if I never get to meet him again or ever work with him at all, I'm good because I was able to witness history in person & was able to check off a Hip Hop bucket list. And oh yeah, the album is bananas! Thank you to @therealphd @focus3dotz @xzibit for the opportunity as well as congratulations to them & @djkhalil @fredwreckla @therealcold187um @laylawmusic @ianschwartzman & many others. And thank you to the man himself @drdre. Whether people realize it or not, you're about to smack people over their heads. They're might be naysayers but I think you really don't care because you're having so much fun. Congratulations & welcome back. #Compton #August7th #Aftermath #StraightOuttaCompton #NWA #WestCoast #HipHop
Tracklist from the album “Compton: A Soundtrack By Dr. Dre”:
01. Intro f. Dr. Dre
02. Talk About It f. King Mez & Justus
03. Genocide f. Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius & Candice Pillay
04. It’s All On Me f. Justus & BJ the Chicago Kid
05. All In a Day’s Work f. Anderson Paak & Marsha Ambrosius
06. Darkside/Gone f. King Mez, Marsha Ambrosius & Kendrick Lamar
07. Loose Cannons f. Xzibit & COLD 187um
08. Issues f. Ice Cube & Anderson Paak
09. Deep Water f. Kendrick Lamar & Justus
10. One Shot One Kill f. Snoop Dogg & Jon Connor
11. Just Another Day f. Asia Bryant & The Game
12. For the Love of Money f. Jill Scott & Jon Connor
13. Satisfiction f. Snoop Dogg, Marsha Ambrosius & King Mez
14. Animals f. Anderson Paak
15. Medicine Man f. Eminem, Candice Pillay & Anderson Paak
16. Talking To My Diary f. Dr. Dre
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Many children are obsessed with video game franchise Angry Birds, but Sidney Max, son of Black Sheep’s Andres “Dres” Titus, took his infatuation to a whole new level. After falling in love with the franchise, Max began creating rhymes about the game and showcasing them to his father in his spare time. Dres filmed a video of his son performing an Angry Birds tribute, which garnered Max a social media following. Dres then called up his buddy DJ Premier to discuss the possibility of him producing the track. Premier said yes. The trio then teamed up with a contact at Rovio, the mastermind behind the famous game, and Angry Birds signed on to go hip-hop.
On July 1, Angry Birds took over the streets of New York to film a music video for Max’s track “Here Come The Birds.” “It’s a really cool track,” says producer DJ Premier of the track that made him want to work with Max. “He has the cutest little voice. It’s pre-puberty!” The video features Angry Birds graffiti, green screen animations, as well as DJ Premier, Max, and his Dres. “Sidney even gets to pull out a bow and arrow and yell ‘the birds are coming’ and shoot the pigs and things,” explains Premier. “It really was a fun shoot!”
Angry Birds will drop the video on Aug. 17, which will kick off an official weeklong hip-hop-themed tournament on Angry Birds Friends. “You can play this on Facebook or on the mobile game and the beauty of it is that you are competing against your friends,” says Rovio Entertainment’s marketing director, Kai Torstila. This particular tournament will center upon the culture of old school hip-hop. “It will have special graphics that are inspired by Max, Dres and Premier’s contribution to the genre,” Torstila adds. “We wanted to do little nods towards Angry Birds in a visual style and wanted to achieve something that is stylistic, a little bit retro, and pays homage to the hip-hop culture, but with a lot of modern twists to it.”
Once the video is released, it will provide gamers with instructions on how to enroll in the tournament. Rovio will also be providing links where people can download the exclusive track. “It’s not the first time that we’ve dabbled in music,” says Torstila. “But this is certainly the first time we’ve done a custom collaboration at this level and a video to kick off a social gaming campaign,” he adds. Going forward, Rovio says they absolutely intend to keep working with high profile artists and fusing their take on the Angry Birds world into upcoming projects.
Meanwhile, Premier has found a whole new area calling. “Now the video has taken place, we are talking about possibly doing a whole soundtrack with kids and I’ll produce it. That hasn’t materialized yet but it would be dope if it does,” he tells Billboard. The famed DJ/producer also revealed that the game has grown on him quite a bit since becoming involved with the campaign. “I was in the studio with my artist Khaleel and his son’s mother when [she] grabbed my phone and put the game on it.” And after months of sneaking in gaming sessions in between recording time, Premier is an Angry Birds mastermind at this point. “It took a minute but I got it down. I can get to all the high levels now,” he says with a laugh.
2K has officially revealed the tracklist for the NBA 2K16 soundtrack, the most expansive musical collection in NBA 2K franchise history. Curated by DJ Mustard, DJ Khaled and DJ Premier, the soundtrack features more than 50 tracks available in six in-game playlists. NBA 2K16’s partnership with the 3 DJ’s brings with it two custom tracks from each producer, for a total of six new tracks produced specifically for this year’s game.
You can listen to it on Spotify, right here.
DJ Premier Playlist:
Custom Track: Papoose Prod. By DJ Premier, “Hold the City Down”
Gang Starr (feat. NYGz, H. Stax), “Same Team, No Games”
Nas, “Made You Look”
Living Colour, “Cult of Personality”
Jeru The Damaja, “You Can’t Stop The Prophet”
Custom Track (Instrumental): DJ Premier, “Bum Bum Bum”
Ramones, “Blitzrieg Bop”
DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles, “More Levels”
PRhyme, “U Looz”
DJ Khaled Playlist:
Custom Track: DJ Khaled (feat. Ace Hood, Vado, Kent Jones), “365”
DJ Khaled (feat. Akon, T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Baby, Lil’ Wayne), “We Takin’ Over”
Ace Hood, “Hustle Hard”
Rick Ross (feat. T Pain), “The Boss”
Jay Z, “Where I’m From”
Custom Track (Instrumental): DJ Khaled, “Black Rims”
Wiz Khalifa, “We Dem Boyz”
Ace Hood (feat. Future & Rick Ross), “Bugatti”
DJ Khaled (feat. T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross), “All I Do Is Win”
DJ Mustard Playlist
Custom Track: DJ Mustard (feat. RJ), “You Don’t Want It”
J Cole, “Rise and Shine”
Fergie, “L.A. Love (la la)”
Imagine Dragons, “I’m So Sorry”
Custom Track (Instrumental): DJ Mustard, “Ball at Night”
MGK, “Till I Die” (Cavs Version)
Drake, “0 To 100”
Iamsu!, “I Love My Squad”
Santigold, “Disparate Youth”
2K Classics Mixtape:
Gnarls Barkley, “Going On”
Friendly Fires, “Skeleton Boy”
LCD Soundsystem, “Time to Get Away”
Santigold (feat. Spank Rock), “Shove It”
OneRepublic, “Everyone Loves Me”
RJD2, “Clean Living”
ZION I, “Ride”
The Flaming Lips, “The W.A.N.D. (The Will Always Negates Defeat)”
Hogni, “Bow Down (To No Man)”
The Chicharones, “Little By Little”
Around The World:
Rael, “Vejo Depois”
Calvin Harris (feat. John Newman), “Blame”
Zedd (feat. Selena Gomez), “I Want You To Know”
Emicida & FeFe, “Bonjour”
Ana Tijoux, “Vengo”
Major Lazer (feat. MO & DJ Snake), “Lean On”
Club Dogo (feat. Arisa), “Fragili”
AM444, “Lies” (Jay. Soul Truth Remix)
Bag Raiders, “Shooting Stars”
Dynamic Duo & DJ Premier, “Aeao”
2K today announced that NBA 2K16, the newest iteration of the top-rated video game simulation series for the last 15 years*, will feature the most extensive soundtrack in NBA 2K history with three genre-defining collaborators at the helm – legendary hip-hop producer DJ Premier, renowned producer DJ Khaled, and rap/pop producer DJ Mustard. As one of the most successful entertainment properties of the last decade, NBA 2K16’s partnership brings together their unique creative direction in curating more than 50 tracks and contributing a total of six new exclusive tracks to this year’s title.
“I am excited to be a part of the ongoing series of NBA 2K. As a sports fan, it was already fun before the work began. NBA 2K16 will be another big hit, especially alongside DJ Mustard and DJ Khaled bringing our different musical styles to the game.” – DJ Premier
“I am honored to collaborate with NBA 2K, which is such a distinguished brand and one of my favorite video games. Basketball and music are two of my favorite things, and I’m excited to light up the soundtrack with my signature sound. Expect the hottest tracks and of course hit music when you press the start button on NBA 2K16! We The Best! Who?!!! NBA 2K16 that’s who!!!!” – DJ Khaled
“It’s an honor and a blessing to be part of the NBA 2K musical family alongside legends like Pharrell, Jay Z, DJ Premier and DJ Khaled.” – DJ Mustard
NBA 2K16 will be available for PlayStation®4 system and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Xbox 360; and Windows PC platforms on September 29, 2015.
Catch the Official Tracklist for Southpaw: Music From And Inspired by the Motion Picture after the jump.
1. James Horner – Cry For Love (Part 1)
2. Eminem ft. Gwen Stefani – Kings Never Die
3. Rob Bailey & The Hustle Standard ft. Busta Rhymes, Kxng Crooked & Tech N9ne – Beast (Southpaw Remix)
4. Denaun – This Corner
5. Action Bronson & Joey Bada$$ ft. Rico Love – What About The Rest Of Us
6. Bad Meets Evil – Raw
7. Slaughterhouse – R.N.S.
8. The Weeknd – Wicked Games
9. Bad Meets Evil – All I Think About
10. 50 Cent – Drama Never Dies
11. Prhyme ft. Logic – Mode
12. The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Bone Thus N Harmony – Notorious Thugs
13. Eminem – Phenomenal
14. James Horner – Cry For Love (Part 2)
In stores 7.24.
You can pre-order it on iTunes now!
WILDHEART is the upcoming third studio album by American recording artist Miguel. It’s scheduled to be released on June 30, 2015 via ByStorm Entertainment and RCA Records. The album is the follow-up to his 2012 second album, Kaleidoscope Dream.
Back in April 2014 we posted the news that they worked together.
In May this year Miguel said the song didn’t make the album but now it looks like the track “Damned” will be released on the Deluxe Edition of the album.
DJ Premier will be heading out on the road for a tour alongside his newly-formed band. During the month of September, DJ Premier and his live band will make 15 stops across Europe. Their first stop will be Sept. 2 in Leipzig, Germany, wrapping up Sept. 19 in Mannheim, Germany.
Earlier this year, Preemo made a drastic change when the iconic D&D Studios on 320 West 37th Street closed down. He later moved to Queens to set up the new HeadQcourterz and announced the formation of the five-piece band. The band consists of Brady Watt on bass, Lenny “The Ox” Reece on drums, Takuya Kuroda handling the horn and keys, Mark Williams on the trombone and keys as well, with Preemo taking over the turntables. Soon after the announcement, the crew started playing together and hit Japan for their debut. Now that they’ve been grooving together for a few months, it’s time to take the show back on the road.
“When we put the band together, the key to any relationship is that you vibe together in a way that you can make magic happen,” he said. “That’s what happened with me and Guru, that’s what must continue with anybody I connect with.”
In addition to touring this fall, Preemo is still working in the studio. The legendary DJ will be producing Eiht’s Which Way Iz West LP in its entirety. He’s also working on music for Miguel, PRhyme and Ed Sheeran and most recently landed a VH-1 original movie, The Breaks.