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Lord Finesse – Inconsiderate Females (DJ Premier 1989 Demo Session) Snippet

We all know what a classic Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth’s “Funky Technician” is and what amazing early work Premier put down on that disc. Now, Finesse has linked up with Slice Of Spice for several releases (he has already dropped one or two 7″ singles and two dope mix sessions on CD), including a series of seven 7″ featuring previously unreleased material. Enjoy the snippet for this ’89 demo for the album:

“What you have right here is the start of a song created during the making of the Funky Technician LP, that was never finished. Lyrically, it was actually parts of a live routine that I was trying to convert into a song for the album. DJ Premier found the loop and started putting the track together, but once Stu Fine (Wild Pitch Records owner) heard the track he immediately made me stop recording due to the extremely raw content. So this unfinished track remained stashed for over 20 years until recently. It’s funny ‘cos listening to it now makes me wonder what the hell I was thinking [Laughing]. I’m personally glad Stu & DJ Premier made me change my mind, but the track is now being released as an extremely rare limited edition promo. You can thank Rich (Slice Of Spice) for the constant persuasion ‘cos if it was left to me I’d have left it buried in the stash!” -Lord Finesse

props to claaa7 for the heads up!

Bumpy Knuckles – Turn Up The Mic (Feat. Nas) (DJ Premier Remix) CDQ

Wow! A couple of more days and it’s here, the collabo album between DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles. Enjoy this gem featuring Nas and remixed by DJ Premier:

Bumpy Knuckles – Turn Up The Mix (Feat. Nas) (DJ Premier Remix)

The album “The Kolexxxion” will be released on March 27th on Gracie Productions/Works of Mart. Support!! March 26th release party at Highline Ballroom, NY.

Previous: DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles Speak on “The KoleXXXion”

Nas Performing With DJ Premier & Pete Rock at SXSW ’12 (Clips)

You can check all the Illmatic performed clips here.

Gang Starr Live In Torino, Italy (1992); HAPPY BIRTHDAY @REALDJPREMIER

This one is a unique recording for y’all we’re now releasing for Premo’s birthday. It was recorded at the Gang Starr ’92 European Tour when they did their thing in Italy.

R.I.P. Keith “Guru” Elam (July 17, 1961 – April 19, 2010)


DJ Premier & Nas Performing “NY State of Mind” at SXSW ’12

DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles Speak on “The KoleXXXion”

One week!

DJ Clark Kent Names “Unbelievable” As His Favorite Song By The Notorious B.I.G.

Red Bull Music Academy Fireside Chat with DJ Premier


Gang Starr – Intro (The First Step) – Chrysalis
Gang Starr – You Know My Steez – Noo Trybe
Isaac Hayes – Breakthrough – Fantasy
James Brown – Down And Out In New York City – Universal
Gang Starr – The Planet (Skit) – Chrysalis
Rakim – New York (Ya Out There) Instrumental – Universal
Michael Viner’s Incredible Bongo Band – Apache – MGM
Jimmy Castor Bunch – It’s Just Begun – Kinetic
Gang Starr – The Lesson (Dub Mix) – Wild Pitch
Gang Starr – DJ Premier In Deep Concentration – Wild Pitch
Gang Starr – Positivity – Wild Pitch
Gang Starr – Manifest (Remix) – Wild Pitch
Gang Starr – Jazz Music – Wild Pitch
Gang Starr – Jazz Thing – CBS
Gang Starr – Just To Get A Rep – Virgin
Gang Starr – Take It Personal – Chrysalis
Gang Starr – Mass Appeal – Chrysalis
Jeru The Damaja – Statik (Instrumental) – Payday
KRS-One – Outta Here (Instrumental) – Jive
Nas – N.Y. State Of Mind – Columbia
Nas – Represent (Instrumental) – Columbia
Nas – Nas Is Like – Columbia
Jay-Z – Bring It On (Instrumental) – Roc-A-Fella
Jay-Z – D’evils – Roc-A-Fella
Jay-Z – A Million And One Questions (Instrumental) – Roc-A-Fella
Jay-Z – A Million And One Questions – Roc-A-Fella
Notorious B.I.G. – Kick In The Door – Bad Boy
Notorious B.I.G. – Unbelievable (Instrumental) – Bad Boy
Notorious B.I.G. – Ten Crack Commandments (Instrumental) – Bad Boy
Notorious B.I.G. – The What – Bad Boy
Group Home – The Legacy (Instrumental) – Replay Records
Mos Def – Mathematics (Instrumental) – Rawkus
All City – The Actual – (Instrumental) – MCA
Paula Perry – Extra, Extra (Instrumental) – Motown
Crooklyn Dodgers – Crooklyn – MCA
Crooklyn Dodgers ’95 – Return Of The Crooklyn Dodgers – MCA
Group Home – Supa Star (Instrumental) – Payday
Show & A.G. – Next Level (Premier’s Nytyme Remix) Instrumental – Payday
The Lox – Recognize – Interscope
Royce Da 5’9″ – Boom (Instrumental) – Game
Bob James – Look Alike – Tappan Zee
Gang Starr – The ? Remainz – Chrysalis
Gang Starr – Full Clip – Noo Trybe


Redbull always comes right with this kinda things.

DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles KoleXXXion Album Trailer

Chuck D Explains Why Suing The Notorious B.I.G./DJ Premier Was “Stupid”

DX: I have to ask this follow-up: Did you ever regret at all suing over the “Shut ‘Em Down” [vocal] sample in “Ten Crack Commandments”? ‘Cause I know DJ Premier was seriously pissed at you for years after that.

Chuck D: Me and [DJ Premier] is cool. Matter fact, that was an issue before I even knew Preemo was a part of the thing.

Remember, Bad Boy [Records] was going around saying how much money they had and this and that, and I had songwriters who are connected to me who were basically saying, “Well, the song that they’re using, Chuck what’s up?” And the fact is that the crack commandments were something that I was like okay … I don’t agree with it, but … it’s a master use, whatever. But songwriters want their piece. And they, [the song’s producers, The Imperial Grand Ministers Of Funk], said, “Well, if they’re going around and flaunting and falutin about how much they got … then what’s up with our rights to the song?” And I’m like, “Okay, alright you guys.” So, I mean, this is not no kids game, this is real shit.

Taking [my] voice to me is a defamation of character, but really the songwriters pushed the issue as saying, “Alright, that’s part of our song too and we helped write that, so where’s our royalties? Who handles that?”

DX: So this was more business really than a personal issue?

Chuck D: Well, my thing is I don’t go after anybody. But in that particular case, which was coming from Bad Boy, which was BMG, which was who sued me on another end – it was like one of those things. So it really had nothing to do with Biggie. Nothing. It had nothing to do with Premier. And at the end of the day, it was Def Jam and Bad Boy, it was BMG and Universal. It was really one of those … it was just stupid.

But at the same time, I told Puffy, I said, “You know, you guys, when it comes down to me give me a heads-up. Don’t be doing something [when] you know where I am and you know where I come from. How you gonna just go and do some shit like that and not talk to me?” And from that point on, it was cool. That’s when you seen [Diddy remake] “Public Enemy No. 1.” And he called me [about that] when I was in the middle of Guitar Center or whatever and said, “Yo, I just wanna know if it’s cool?”

So, that was the biggest thing … talk to me. And, kids only look at the lawsuit. They’re kids, what do they know? They scream and holler about anything, but at the end of the day it was a settlement between Universal and BMG, Bad Boy and Def Jam. It had nothing to really do with me.

Those guys are all in bed with each other, but nobody asks that question.

DX: Well let me ask that question –

Chuck D: For the longest Puffy was mad at Russell [Simmons]. [Laughs] So I’m like, “Look, I ain’t in the middle of all that. Just make sure you call me before you do anything regarding me if you gonna go in that direction. Simple as that.” It’s simple. And it’s been cool ever since.

And me and Premo’s been fine ever since, but you know … initially Premo had nothing to do with it. Not with me. I’m like, “Okay, you tied with this by default,” but … I don’t know.

DX: I think he just took it as maybe a personal slight [since he produced the track].

Chuck D: Yeah, because he was tied up with that whole Bad Boy operation, and so when it came down to him actually receiving his royalty for the song they wanna tie him up. So I’m like, “Yo, man, forget all that. Let’s deal with each other as people.”

People have the understanding now, [but] at that time people were sticking their noses all up in the corporations booty.

DX: At that time, you mean, what, last week? [Laughs]

Chuck D: No, especially back [in the ‘90s]. As much money as they was paying people, and people flaunting and throwing money at the camera, it was like the majors had a dominant hold on people’s … everything. And I was rebelling against that structure. Hard. I was like, “Man, fuck BMG. Fuck Sony. And fuck Universal too.” I was going after them hard. And still to this day.


We heard this story a lot from Premo’s side, now (detailed) Chuck D. Don’t worry, Premo and Chuck are cool now!