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Saigon talks about working with DJ Premier


Saigon: This is the most honest album I ever did, and I went and got DJ Premier, because I always wanted to work with Premier. A lot of people don’t know this, but I like to use one producer for most of my projects. I think The Greatest Story Never Told Chapter 2: Bread and Circuses was the only one where I really didn’t. The Greatest Story Never Told, Just Blaze pretty much did the whole record. When I did All in a Day’s Work, I did the whole project with Statik Selektah. When I did most of my mixtapes, Scram Jones would do the whole mixtape. Even when I was working with Alchemist, me and Alchemist did eight or nine records. But I never worked with Premier up until this point. I had a project on his album, but we never had a Saigon/Premier record. We got four of them on this new album, and he just came with the perfect backdrop for what I had to say. So when I started working with him, the rhymes started coming easier, and I think lyrically, this is by far my best work.

DX: How was it in the studio with Premier, and how did y’all link up for this project?

Saigon: Well I had been waiting for this Premier beat for…not even exaggerating, for like 11 years. Preem will tell you, I’ve been waiting 11 years to work with him. It got to the point where me and Preem were about to fight, ‘cause I’m like “Yo man, what the fuck? You keep tellin’ me this and that.” Like we about to have a physical altercation? But he was like, “You know what Sai, you right, you right.” Because he knew I was right, and I wasn’t just trying to start shit. I’m thinking, “I love you as a big brother,” ‘cause me and him are close, but [he was] killin’ me! Before I retire, can the world hear Saigon and Premier together?

He actually gave one of my records to REKS. The last single on REKS last album, the Premier record, was my beat. So he finally gave me one, then he took it back and gave it to REKS [laughs]. I was like, “Ah, shit no.” He’s such an honorable person, he said, “You know what, Sai? Being that I made you wait so long, let’s go in. Let’s do more than one. Let’s bang out a few.” And when I get in that zone, when I get in my Yard Father Zone, we made some great records. We made some records that are gonna shock the people.

We did one with Big Daddy Kane… Ah man, it’s pretty damn nuts. I got another record called “Mechanical Animals,” where I took four generations of Hip Hop and put them on one song. It’s like Kool G Rap reps the ‘80s… Memphis Bleek, who is so underrated to me as a emcee ‘cause he’s been behind that big ass sun named Jay Z all his career [laughs]. It’s hard to shine behind Jay Z, but Bleek could really rap. But he’ll rep the ‘90s, I will represent the 2000s, then I got Lil Bibby from Chicago who will represent like the 2010s and the new, young era. And we all come together on one song to show that four generations of Hip Hop can rock on one record, and it can still sound incredible.

Read the full interview with HipHopDX here

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M.O.P. – 187 (Scratches by DJ Premier) (Music Video)

Live From HeadQCourterz (07/04/2014)

Khaleel – Never Boring (Feat. Termanology) (Radio Rip) (Scratches by DJ Premier)

Produced by Termanology, from Khaleel his EP called “EP2014″
Expect a music video for this soon!

Diabolic – Diabolical Sound (Prod. by DJ Premier)

A month ago we gave you the snippet, here you got the full track!

From the album “Fightin Words”, out on September 16, 2014. You can check out all the snippets here.

Related: Diabolic – Diabolical Sound (Prod. by DJ Premier) (Snippet)

Soulkast – Memento Mori (Feat. DJ Premier)

Produced by Frero Prod

Pre-order “Memento mori” now on iTunes and get 10 free instrumentals (offer ends September 8th)
https://itunes.apple.com/fr/album/memento-mori/id908985704

Related: Studio session with Soulkast & DJ Premier + Album info

Live From HeadQCourterz (06/27/2014)

Saigon – Nunya (Produced by DJ Premier)

Saigon drops his new single from the upcoming GSNT3: The Troubled Times of Brian Carenard with the DJ Premier produced “NUNYA”. The pair have recorded 4 songs for Saigon’s new album GSNT3: The Troubled Times Of Carenard which is the 3rd installment of his Greatest Story Never Told album series.

You can also purchase the single on iTunes.

This is the 1st release on Saigon’s innovative new record label Squid Ink Squad which was formed with CPXi, one of the biggest online advertising companies in the world.

GSNT3: The Troubled Times of Brian Carenard will be available online and in stores Sept. 30th.

Related: Saigon Says DJ Premier Has Produced Most Of His Next Album

Vintage: Gang Starr Foundation & Branford Marsalis Interview

Rare footage!

Live From HeadQCourterz (06/20/2014)




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