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Some more Facts of Peter Rosenberg’s Interview

Here are some more facts of the big interview Peter Rosenberg did with DJ Premier, the full video will come out very soon…:

  • His appetite for vinyl as a kid was so strong he used to steal records from his church; elders there referred to him as “the Martin boy” and “Chrissy Poo” (his real name is Chris Martin).
  • In the early ’90s, he and Guru from Gang Starr lived in a house on my current block in Clinton Hill in a bizarre living arrangement with saxophonist Branford Marsalis and his wife and kids.
  • He is a veritable encyclopedia of pornography and once produced a record for Heather Hunter.
  • After moving to New York in the late ’80s, he worked as a counselor at Young People’s Day Camp: “We used to go to work at 12, drunk off Ballantines—and take care of kids.” It’s OK, though: He’s run into five of his former charges and they are all now successful businessmen.
  • In an unreleased, original version of his Premier-produced hip-hop industry cautionary tale “Outta Here,” KRS-One actually called out the names of old-school rap legends he believed had “fallen off.”
  • He initially rebuffed efforts by the Notorious B.I.G., his neighbor in Clinton Hill at the time, to get him to produce a track on Ready to Die due to financial reasons before giving in and producing the classic “Unbelievable” on the cheap.