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Blaq Poet – Strech Marks & Cigarette Burns (Feat. Panchi & Imani Montana) (DJ Brans Remix)

Here’s the first single of DJ Brans (France) upcoming mixtape “The Dynamite Beats” (mixed by DJ Djaz from Effiscienz) which includes remixes and unreleased products by DJ Brans. Its release is scheduled for March 14 for free download, until the release in April of The BRANStorm album of DJ Brans. Enjoy the remix for this Premo track:

Blaq Poet – Strech Marks & Cigarette Burns (Feat. Panchi & Imani Montana) (DJ Brans Remix)

DJ Premier Produced Track “Let It Off” On CZARFACE Upcoming Album

Inspectah Deck and 7L & Esoteric have announced that they are joining forces as CZARFACE, with plans to deliver a project in the near future.

According to a press release, the two acts joined forces as an addendum to their 1999 collaboration “Speaking Real Worlds.” The project will feature guest appearances from Action Bronson, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Roc Marciano and Large Professor, as well as additional beats from DJ Premier and album art by Lamour Supreme from Mishka NYC.

“The industry doesn’t need another well packaged, put together ‘act,’ instead fans are once again gravitating to the seasoned vets and newcomers that are still true to the game,” said Deck.

“We are CZARFACE because they know our faces and they know us for being dope rhyme suppliers, like Tony Montana we are known for our balls and our word; lyrically we will conquer the world and everything in it,” he continues. Esoteric adds, “CZARFACE is a vigilante, anti-hero character who serves as the face of the project, and his focus is on annihilating the media darlings that the mainstream caters to.”

The track that DJ Premier produced on the album is called “Let It Off”.


DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles – Shake The Room (Feat. Flavor Flav) (Radio Rip)

This is the official leading single for DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles upcoming collabo album “The Kolexxxion”. Straight gutter with Flavor Flav on the hook! A music video is coming soon for this one! Oh small detail, this was a Busta Rhymes rejected beat. Enjoy:

DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles – Shake The Room (Feat. Flavor Flav) (Radio Rip)

Out March 27th on Gracie Productions/Works of Mart (Digital, CD & Wax). And an EP is coming sooner with 5 non album tracks!

Related: DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles – wEaRe aT WaR (Prod. by DJ Premier) CDQ

Live On Hot 97 (02/17/2012)

DJ Premier as guest for the Black Fist Friday serie.

Rap Is Outta Control (02/12/2012)

Filled in by DJ Premier

DJ Premier Wants To Do A Miley Cyrus & Justin Bieber Record

In the last 20 years, there have been few hip-hop producers as prolific, talented and versatile as DJ Premier. Born Christopher Martin, the beatmaker has been almost inextricably associated with east coast rap throughout his entire career, but the Houston, Texas native is far more eclectic and unpredictable than his pedigree, and even his discography suggests. In addition to working with late rapper Guru in the group Gang Starr, he’s produced everyone from Notorious B.I.G. to Nas, Jay-Z to Janet Jackson, and even ventured into pop territory with collaborations with the likes of Christina Aguilera. But in the new film “The Re:Generation Project,” he joins several other music industry luminaries to venture into territory even he’s never explored, bringing his expertise to bear even as he’s learning new things about a completely unfamiliar genre: classical music.

The premise of the film was to pair up producers and performers like himself with musical genres they hadn’t worked in, and Premier found himself working with a live orchestra to re-record segments he borrowed from composers like Vivaldi and Brahms. Crave Online caught up with Premier last week via telephone to discuss the process of immersing himself in classical music, experimenting with sources of inspiration disparate even for a producer whose bread and butter is sampling, and moving forward as a producer and performer whose musical palette only continues to expand. Additionally, he offered an unexpected scoop for longtime fans who have been waiting for a reunion between him and one of his most gifted collaborators: Jeru the Damaja.
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Live From HeadQCourterz (02/10/2012)

DJ Quik Apologies To DJ Premier

During his respectful admiration for legendary east coast producer DJ Premier, Quik abruptly interjects, “I owe Premo an apology though … I picked up the phone and I couldn’t dial 917 … I didn’t want to cry.”

After the untimely passing of the lyrical half of Gang Starr on April 19th of 2010, artists were calling into DJ Premier’s Live from Headcourterz Sirius/XM Satellite radio show recounting stories of the late emcee. “After Guru died I was supposed to call his radio station and reflect on Guru teaching me how to smoke a blunt,” explains Quik reminiscing of the time in New York, “I felt like I got into this private club.”

After admitting he “got cold feet” and knowing he “would get emotional talking about [the] guy” Quik, who himself has experienced the loss of his emcee Johnny “Mausberg” Burns not to mention Eazy E and Roger Troutman, pauses and reflects “that’s another great that we lost.”

Quik gives his reaction to The Fast Life’s suggested collaboration of a DJ Quik, DJ Premier and Erick Sermon producer’s album.


M-Phazes “Phazed Out” Is Now Available!

Australia’s top rank producer M-Phazes presents Phazed Out, a compilation of select singles from Coalmine’s catalog, remixed by the Gold Coast beatsmith and blended to a seamless perfection by the World Famous Beat Junkie, Rhettmatic. The album includes features from Saigon, Inspectah Deck, Bekay, Big Noyd, Phil The Agony, Termanology, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Chubb Rock, Sadat X, Heltah Skeltah, CL Smooth, Skyzoo, Masta Ace, Brown Bag AllStars, El Da Sensei, Mela Machinko, J-Live and more. The album is now available through all major digital retailers and becomes available on CD on February 28th. Stay tuned for the Untagged (No DJ) ‘Deluxe Edition’, which also becomes available on the 28th, exclusively on iTunes (pre-order here).

DOWNLOAD: Phazed OutiTunes | Amazon

New Guru x Loungin’ T-Shirt Created by The X Label

The X Label brings to you the Jazzmatazz Loungin T-shirt! This artwork beautifly combines the album cover of Guru’s Jazzmatazz Vol 1. and the song “Loungin.” “Loungin” is a single from the Jazzmatazz Vol 1. album featuring the gifted trumpeter Donald Byrd. *Pre-Orders available now. **Comes in Black & Grey colors.

In 1993 Guru released Jazzmatazz Vol. 1. Guru decided to take music to new heights by utilizing the brilliance of actual jazz musicians to produce the sounds to rhyme too. He merges his potent and forever meaningfull rhymes with beats and instruments directly from authentic lounge jazz. The album fuses an assortment of jazz talents both old and new, including Donald Byrd, Lonnie Liston, Roy Ayers, Courtney Pine, Branford Marsalis , and Ronny Jordan. He used the melodic voices of Carleen Anderson and N’Dea Davenport and collaborated with french rapper MC Solaar. The variety of guest artists adds diversity and originality to each track, and gives the album a distinct jazz feel. In its own right the album is a historical document of jazz and hip-hop starting to blend.

Buy it now here.