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DJ Premier vs. DJ Scratch in Red Hook

East Coast legends DJ Premier and DJ Scratch faced off on the ones and twos last night (August 18), rocking a crowd of about two thousand strong of all ages and races at Red Hook Park in Brooklyn.

The event was sponsored by the CityParks Foundation in New York City, which has been responsible for a number of outdoor hip-hop shows this summer, including performances by KRS-One, MC Lyte, and Naughty by Nature.

Scratch and Premo kicked it off by cutting up old school funk and soul classics, from The Steve Miller Band’s “Joker” to Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” to Carl Douglas’s “Kung Fu Fighting,” which promptly got Scratch to get in his best Bruce Lee stance. At one point, after Scratch laid down Stevie Wonder’s “My Cherie Amour,” holding the crowd in slow-jam rapture, Premo was forced to fall back. With nothing on deck, he excused himself, “I just pulled a Pete Rock—I’m not ready yet,” jokingly referencing friend and the legendary Mt. Vernon beatsmith who was originally slated to battle Preem.

About 45 minutes in, Premo posed to the crowd, “Y’all ready to get into some hip-hop?” launching into Slick Rick’s “Children’s Story.” A few exchanges later, Scratch broke into the famous sing-a-long “Engine Engine Number Nine,” from Black Sheep’s “The Choice is Yours” picking up his table in the palm of his right hand, while continuing to scratch the rest of the line (“Pick It Up!”) repeatedly with his left.

It was Scratch’s show, the true master of turntable theatrics, against Premier, a scratch-heavy producer, but not quite the showman. Yet Scratch paid tribute to his opponent on the evening, spinning such classic beats by the GangStarr producer as “New York State of Mind.” Premo returned the favor, spinning “New York Shit,” among other Scratch beats.

With only minutes to go in the set, Scratch brought out DJ Evil Dee to close it out, as the Black Moon producer and Scratch took turns swapping in and out on the same deck in fluid rotation. When host Danny Castro of the Lyricist Lounge asked the crowd who won the battle, Scratch won most of the praise, but the reception was considerably muted compared to that which was received by the true victor—the crowd.

Source: XXLmag

Somebody knew where Pete Rock was? Doing his garden or his wife?

Billy Danze wants DJ Premier on his debut album

Billy Danze of M.O.P. works on a debut album. While the other half of M.O.P. Lil Fame already has a lot of work as a solo artist, Billy Danze is getting ready for his debut album as a solo artist. Danze, who has released several solo tracks online, is much closer to the release of his own solo project, he says.

“It’s been working, I been getting a lot of good feedback,” he explains. “I got Alchemist on the production, Lil Fame, my man Tommy T. DJ Premier’s gonna slide me some shit in a minute. It ain’t all the way done yet, I’m about halfway done, working on all the features.”

Source: AllHipHop

And Lil Fame of M.O.P. also confirmed that DJ Premier will be actually on their upcoming album (out 14th of september).

Also, expect a list of producers set to impress many M.O.P. fans, including work from DJ Premier. Probably with one track.

“We got Statik Selektah. We got me, I’m doing some production. We got DR Period. We also got DJ Premier.” Of Premier, he added that it was a wonderful experience to link back up with the fellow New York vet. “It’s beautiful, man. We tried to get some more from him but we didn’t have time.”

Source: HipHopDX

Royce Da 5’9″ – Hood Love (Feat. Bun B) (Mixtape)

Some shitty DJ has released this DJ Premier produced track which isn’t finished yet just to get a rep, made lame. The track itself is too crazy, it could be one of Premo’s hottest tracks this year… Only too bad it’s getting leaked that way, just don’t support that shit. Wiggers are everywere, this DJ should just stayed at kiddy rap… What is the fucking point of yelling ‘Southern Smoke’ all the time, you think we’re deaf or something? Is it a swag? What about Eastern Smoke, is that more dangerous? I specially hate it when their mixtape covers are so photoshop money bitches bling bling insanity, that isn’t the way to get money, stay real. I know what I want, that is some Dutch smoke.

It’s labeled as a Bun B track on the track list, but I think it’s a new track from Royce Da 5’9″ upcoming album “Street Hop“? We don’t know if Bun B is making a new album, but we do know Royce have a couple of more tracks with Preem that aren’t released yet! As I said before, lets wait for a proper release by a legit man!

Royce Da 5’9″ – Hood Love (Feat. Bun B) (Mixtape)

DJ Premier Interview at Slaughterhouse Show

WC Talks DJ Premier

Ten Crack Commandments used in Modern Business

The Matric System listed each of the “Ten Crack Commandments” by Notorious B.I.G. below, along with its underlying message for modern business operators.

“Rule nombre uno: never let no one know how much dough you hold”

For most companies, there isn’t a tremendous amount of upside to disclosing financials. As such, few privately held companies choose to do so. As Biggie says, broadcasting your financial performance can “breed jealousy,” increasing operational risks and arming your competitors with a more informed sense of your company’s weaknesses.

“Number two: never let ‘em know your next move”

Innovation drives long-term business value. If your company prematurely discloses its strategic plans, it gives your competitors a head-start on emulating or surpassing your innovative strides. It may be tempting to post your 12-month plan on the company blog, but beware the strategic edge it provides to your competitors once it’s out there.

“Number three: never trust nobody”

A healthy sense of paranoia is a valuable asset for business operators. Businesses should take steps to protect their intellectual property, including protection through patents or well-protected trade secrets.

“Number four: never get high on your own supply”

Even if you are the only shareholder in your business, you should separate what’s best for you personally from what’s best for your company. If you make suboptimal business decisions for the sake of bettering your personal life, your company will be less likely to succeed.

Another interpretation of this rule is to resist developing a strong emotional commitment to your own ideas. If you’re too wrapped up or emotionally invested in any aspect of your business, it won’t be easy to modify that idea when it leads you to a better opportunity or strategy. Sunk costs are sunk, and strategic decisions should be made as such.

“Number five: never sell no crack where you rest at”

Biggie is right: your family members are not real customers, and serving them can often do more harm than good. They will provide an unrealistic sales experience and their feedback will often be skewed by the preexisting relationship. Also, if you have a desirable product they may feel a sense of entitlement to a discount or freebies. Granting such requests can hurt your bottom line, but denying them can strain your personal relationships.

“Number six: that credit… forget it”

Biggie is warning about the risks of issuing credit to customers before you have enough scale to hedge the associated default risk. The broader lesson here is to place a strong focus on cash revenue generation while your business is working toward sustained profitability. Getting cash in the door is extremely important, and anything that delays cash flow will slow down your forward progress.

“Seven: keep your family and business completely seperated”

This one doesn’t need much translation: work and family don’t always mix well. While there are many successful family businesses out there, the cost of things going sour becomes far greater when family is involved. Don’t work with your family simply out of convenience– only do it if the increased upside truly outweighs the true costs of failure.

“Number eight: never keep no weight on you”

Here, Biggie is driving home the importance of physical security. Sensitive passwords, documents, products, and prototypes should never be stored or transported (either digitally or physically) in a format that could be compromised.

“Number nine: if you ain’t gettin bags stay [away] from police”

The company you keep can be misinterpreted by your customers and competitors, and sending the wrong message can put these relationships at risk. Keep strategic conversations as silent as possible until things are set in stone and it is optimal to make an announcement (if ever).

“Number ten: consignment [is] not for freshmen”

Accumulating debt prematurely is a bad move for any business. Both debt and equity financings consume company time and may drive startups to overspend before their plans are fully-baked. They also put a greater pressure on financial performance, which is only a good thing when a company is confident in their product’s maturiy and ability to generate returns. Biggie says it best: “if you aint got the clientele say ‘hell no’ — ’cause they gon want they money rain, sleet, hail, snow.”

“Follow these rules, you’ll have mad bread to break up”

This song predates mainstream internet usage but still translates well into the language of today’s web economy. I hope at least some of these commandments strike a chord with other entrepreneurs out there. Until next time, keep it real.

Source: TheMatricSystem

DJ Premier Interview for Back2Basics (2005)

Now, I did say earlier on that it was a pleasure to interview Preem… but in all honesty, it was one of the most daunting assignments I’ve ever had (next to an Outkast interview – but I’ll save that story for another time). It’s not that DJ Premier wasn’t approachable – quite the opposite, in fact. It’s just that he isn’t one to mince his words, and he certainly doesn’t suffer fools lightly.

Thankfully, I made it through unscathed, as Premier happily offered up very frank opinions on a range of subjects. But what really came across loud and clear was that Premier was as passionate about hip hop as his beats are banging. His energy was infectious, and he really came to life when recalling the musical influences that shaped him while growing up in Texas, the golden era of hip hop that he encountered on moving to New York in the mid-80s, and his work with the greats of the game (including some classic studio stories).

Of course, not everything from these two sessions made the final cut for my article. During one of the moments when the tape recorder wasn’t rolling, Preem delved into a subject that was clearly near and dear to his heart – porn. Hell, he’s such a fan that he even produced a track for porn actress Heather Hunter.

While being driven to his final interview, Premier decided to conduct a quick porn devotion poll amongst the other people rolling with us in the minivan (the vehicle of choice for all touring hip hop stars, don’t you know). He eventually turned his attentions to me, asking me in his trademark deep, gravelly voice: “What about you? You like porn?” Not really a topic I’d thought we’d be covering in the interview, to be honest.

As I fumbled for an answer, Premier obviously picked up on my ‘uneasiness’ (that’s a nice way of saying I’m really a prude). He quickly followed up with a statement that still rings in my ears to this day – “You ain’t a real man if you don’t like porn”.

That was pretty much the moment the interview ended. My memory is a little clouded, but I vaguely remember jumping out at the next set of traffic lights (while considering launching a feeble face-saving mission by saying I was heading to the nearest news agent to stock up on porn). Shameless… anyways, read on for more from the man himself.

You can read how Puffy didn’t liked “Kick In The Door” in the interview here.

Source: A Grumpy Old Man With A Beard

LiveFromHQ Playlist 31/07/2009


  1. Blaq Poet – I-Gettin
  2. KRS-One & Buckshot – Survival Skills (Feat. DJ Revolution)
  3. 50 Cent – Put The Work In
  4. NYGz – Gangstaz of New York
  5. Eminem – Warning (Mariah Carey Diss)
  6. Trife Diesel – Wanna Be A Rapper
  7. Alchemist – Therapy (Feat. Evidence, Talib Kweli, Blu & Kid Cudi)
  8. Ghostface Killah – Baby
  9. Maino – Back To Life (Feat. Push Montana)
  10. Uncle Murda – Summertime Shootouts
  11. Blaq Poet – H.A.T.E. (Feat. N.O.R.E.)
  12. Marco Polo & Torae – Smoke (Feat. Lil Fame & Rock)
  13. DJ Quick & Kurupt – Blaqkout
  14. DJ JS-1 – Sum Rap Shit (Feat. Nutragous, Copywrite & Vast Aire)
  15. Willy Northpole – Feelin’ Alright
  16. Singapore Kane – Mollywhopped (Feat. Big Shug)
  17. Blaq Poet – Rap Addiction (Feat. Shabeeno & Lil Fame)

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Blaq Poet – UGHH Interview Pt. 2

Premo without the Rapper Mix

I don’t really know how to name it, but I made for a lazy sunday a 50minutes(!) mix of all the stuff that DJ Premier used for his intro’s, skits, interludes, … on all sort of albums and tapes. From the days of cassettes to the compact discs. And sadly, some of his intro beats are too hot for an intro YESSIR! Like that intro of “Time 4 Change“, I NEED THAT INSTRUMENTAL!! Or that intro of “Holiday Hell“, pffffff, crazy!! I’m wondering if Premier is reading this, if so. Maybe he got the message? Lol. DJ Premier is the best, once again gimantalon comes with the prove. The only beats that are excluded are the LiveFromHQ skits and intro, now it’s time to reminisce, Preem all dayyyyy:

Gimantalon – Premo without the Rapper Mix

(Sorry, don’t have a tracklist (50+ tracks))

And lets go to the next mixtape, maybe BTCD Vol. II?