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Slaine Talks About The Friendship Between Him And DJ Premier

The song “Mind Your Business” was produced by DJ Premier. How did that collaboration come about and do feel any kind of special pressure when you’re working with a guy like that?

Slaine: Yes, I do. He’s probably the only person I feel pressure working with as a producer. I’m less relaxed working with Premier than anyone else because he’s literally my favorite producer.

I’ll tell you a funny story. Back in 1997, it may have even been 1998. I stood in line when [Gang Starr’s] “Moment of Truth” came out, and I wanted to get my LP signed at the Tower Records. It was one of favorite groups, Gang Starr. Guru was from Boston, so he was a big influence on me. So Premier was just my favorite producer ever, everything from Nas to Biggie to Gang Starr, to you name it. So I stood in line, and it was a long line, and I got to the front and wished him well with the record. And I told him, “I’m gonna work with you one day man.” He was like, “Oh, you think you got it like that, man? We’ll see. We’ll see.”

So, fast forward six years, 2004. I was working with a group I’m in called Special Teamz, with Edo G, and we bumped into Premier in the studio. He had just moved into it. It used to be the old D & D and he renamed it The HeadQCouterz. So we go in there and he asks Edo, “Who’s the young guy in the center?” And [Edo’s] like, “That’s Slaine.” And he goes into the studio for about two hours while we sat there, and I was like, “I don’t think he likes me, Ed.” And he’s like, no, it’s fine. And another hour goes by, and he’s like, “I don’t think he likes you.”

So anyways, we recorded a track, and it was the first single we put out, called “Main Event.” When I’m touring, I’m in London and Premier is DJing at this club and we go over to check it out. We went backstage and Premier and Melle Mel come walkin’ out. And Premier’s like, “Oh shit! What up!” And he starts spitting the verse from my song. He starts spittin’ the verse with the Boston accent, and I guess he likes it. He’s like, “Oh man, come here, I want to introduce you to this new artist I’m workin’ with.” And then he introduces me to Melle Mel. And I was just blown away. And me and Premier have been friends ever since that, even though this is the first time I’ve worked with him since then. So I worked with him in 2004 and 2012, but have kept in touch, texted him and seen him around a little bit. He’s a good dude, man. I have a great relationship with him, but he’s someone I get nervous to work with. He has that persona. I used to have pictures of him on the wall when I was a kid.


Big Shug – Blue Collar (Prod. by DJ Premier) CDQ

Big Shug new album out today!! Go cop you one asap because you get a rare booklet with it where Shug tells the history of Gang Starr with unreleased pictures and everything, a true collectors item! Plus 18 new tracks and 4 Premo beats. here’s the 4th Premo beat, and the second today! We need that Premo beats haha, enjoy:

Big Shug – Blue Collar (Prod. by DJ Premier) CDQ

Gang Starr Foundation for ever! Here you can stream the full album (only for Spotify users):

Related: Big Shug – Hardbody (Feat. Fat Joe & M.O.P.) CDQ

KRS-One – It’s Gettin’ Hectic (Unreleased ’93 DJ Premier Track)

Wow… We have another unreleased DJ Premier track from the early 90’s this year. This is a jewel right here… Hold your breath: It’s a leftover from one of the best hip hop albums ever “Return Of The Boom Bap” due to sample issues. Yep, you heard it right. DJ JS-1 released a new mixtape today with 3hours of rare/demo tracks, be sure to check it out because JS-1 is family!! Enjoy after the quote by the mixer himself:

This whole mix is worth it just for the unreleased KRS-ONE and DJ PREMIER track that didn’t make the Return of the Boom Bap album.Thank You Dj Premier for letting me have that. I promise we won’t sell a few thousand white label 12″‘s to japan. hahaha.

KRS-One – It’s Gettin’ Hectic (Unreleased ’93 DJ Premier Track)

Everything produced in that era by KRS-One & DJ Premier is classic :D. You can download the full mixtape with rarities here for free.

Related: KRS-One Tells The Story & Meaning Behind The ’93 Album “Return Of The Boom Bap”

DJ Premier Says Age Is One Of The Biggest Problems In Today’s Hip Hop

Via HipHopDX

Live From HeadQCourterz (07/20/2012)

Guest: 38 Spesh

B.E.T. The Backroom: Slaughterhouse with DJ Premier

Live From HeadQCourterz (07/13/2012)

Guest: Prodigy

Nas Discusses Leaving DJ Premier Off “Life Is Good”

Rakim: The Definition of a Classic (Short Docu)


Big Shug & DJ Premier Planning To Release A Collective Album

Yes, Big Shug himself dropped the news in a recent interview done with claaa7:

c7: All the way from your earliest 12″s and up to all your retail albums, DJ Premier has played a pivotal role in crafting the sound. Do you think it would be accurate to describe Preemo as your main producer?

Shug: Well, not really because what it is is, we’re brothers and we’re the legacy of Gang Starr, so that’s why we make sure to have a few songs on every album. Always letting people know that we have a good sound and great chemistry. Also we’re gonna do a collective album just the two of us, so that’s another thing in the can.

We go back and we’re family, you know, but as far as doing records I get a lot of different people, and Premier produces for everyone; but if you listen to the songs that him and I make there’s a chemistry there and a certain type of sound, so he’s always gonna be there, you know we’re always gonna make stuff together.

c7: That’s interesting you mention a full project with Premier as that is definitely something people been fiending for. What are the plans for its recording and when should we be looking out for that?

Shug: We’ll start working on that very soon, we’re gonna go on the road right after my album comes out – probably me, DJ Premier and Bumpy Knuckles. But as soon as we come back, me and him are gonna start working on that album; that’s definietly something that we’ll do.

You can read the full interview here. Interesting!