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DJ Premier Says Kanye Collaboration Never Materialized, Adds Last-Minute Scratches To “Mama’s Boyfriend”

Despite some major leaks and several varied track lists hitting the ‘net, Kanye West is sticking by the Nov. 22 release date for his fifth studio album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

With contributing producers Pete Rock and RZA adding their signature New York sound to the record, fans were also teased with talks of DJ Premier making the final cut. But Preemo says fans may have to wait a bit longer for the much-anticipated collaboration.

“I asked him about it at the BET Hip-Hop awards, and he said didn’t get a chance to do it,” DJ Premier told VIBE yesterday from Headquartez studio in midtown Manhattan. “But he said ‘I’m doing the album with Jay-Z, and I need two tracks for that.’ And he even kept hitting me to get more tracks for the album he’s about to drop. But right now, my priority is getting my artists up and running.”

Premier recalled Kanye paying him a personal visit to play new records from his forthcoming LP, a listening that led to Preemo creating a beat on the spot for the project. While that record sits on ice, the boom-bap master revealed that he did lend his trademarks scratches to a record “Mama’s Boyfriend,” an iTunes bonus from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

“[Kanye] actually hit me the day before he had to turn the album in to do some scratches on a song called ‘Mama’s [Boyfriend],'” Premier says of a record West debuted a capella this summer at the Facebook headquarters. “We just did it like five or six days ago… They sent me a private hard drive. I had to know certain passwords and go through all these steps to get the song. Kanye even sent me an email saying ‘destroy all the roughs I sent you.'”


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4 Responses to “DJ Premier Says Kanye Collaboration Never Materialized, Adds Last-Minute Scratches To “Mama’s Boyfriend””

  • Comment from ib2quik2c

    Damn… i remember Preem saying that this album was a return to that Boom Bap sound before even the first single (Power) leaked… he actually was one of the first people to speak about the album, and said it was amazing. It’s too bad the stars did not align on this project.

    i don’t think Pete Rock made the album… It seems like Kanye is letting loose all of the material that ended on the cutting room floor via his GOOD Friday releases… The RZA beat is the first track of the album, and that joint is incredible.


  • Comment from sickstar

    Kanye’s song, ” the joy ” is produced by Pete Rock, Jay Z’s on it as well. The track is from a curtis mayfield sample. Sucks that Kanye played Premier like that, Preme, do your thang, ur true fan’s ain’t gonna play you.

  • Comment from Jaz

    Great news, Kanye is wack, I hope DJ Premier never works with him again.

  • Comment from AMAru

    does not surprise me to be honest, I think it’s a good thing that he shall provide beats for “watch the throne”, so we can hear jay-z on a preem beat again, finally. doubt that this gonna happen tho…

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