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Live From HeadQCourterz (08/24/2012) Guests: @PLargePro & @mastaace

Guests: Large Professor & Masta Ace

Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth – Inconsiderate Females (DJ Premier 1989 Demo Session) CDQ

Ah, it always feel good to go back in time. here’s the full version of a demo session from 1989 between DJ Premier & Lord Finesse for the album “Funky Technician”. History in the making!

“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

Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth – Inconsiderate Females (DJ Premier 1989 Demo Session)

You can now cop the limited 5inch of this track here.

Joey Bada$$ Hoping To Work With DJ Premier In The Future

Black Moon – Shit’s Gonna Happen Tonite (Prod. by Da Beatminerz) (Unreleased ’99)

I actually don’t know how rare this is (didn’t do the full research, sorry). But for those who didn’t heard it yet, here’s a leftover from the “War Zone” LP. Gotta love these unreleased 90s, D&D flavor:

Black Moon – Shit’s Gonna Happen Tonite (Prod. by Da Beatminerz) (Unreleased ’99)

Btw, they are recording a new album. And props to Wicked!

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

DJ Premier, Young Guru To Offer Production & Songwriting Tutorial Via Digital Conference

GrindXDesign will launch its digital conferencing platform this week. The New York City-based consortium of Hip Hop artists, producers and executives is led by famed journalist, radio host, activist and “Media Assassin” Harry Allen, as a way to educate and empower hopeful artists and industry movers and shakers.

The first of GrindXDesign’s digital conferences will include legendary Gang Starr deejay/producer DJ Premier as well as longtime Roc-A-Fella/Roc Nation Records engineer Young Guru. The hour-long live conference on August 29th at 8pm will be moderated by Harry Allen, featuring an interview, followed by live Q&A from attendees.

Future guests in the eight-week series will include The Roots’ ?uestlove, Public Enemy’s Chuck D, DJ Drama, XXL’s Editor-in-Chief Vanessa Satten, The Source’s Editor-In-Chief Kim Osorio,’s founder Marcus Frasier, Rap Coaltion founder Wendy Day, attorney Dan Booth, Tunecore’s Jamie Purpora, social media strategist Lena West, and film exec Arthur Wylie.

The conferences are built to take up to 1,000 simultaneous participants, and may run as long as 90 minutes based on guest availability and engagement.

“What’s incredibly exciting about GrindXDesign,” began Allen in a statement, “is that, if you’re a beat-maker in Argonne, Wisconsin, through digital conference call technology, you’ll have as much access to DJ Premier or Young Guru as someone from New York or L.A. If you want the mixtape success of a Lil Wayne, but need to understand what makes this format
hot, you’ll be able to listen to, and maybe get a question in to, DJ Drama, or the founder of; the dominant mixtape website.”

“Like Twitter,” Allen continued, “the technology eliminates geographic or other boundaries, connecting fans and students directly to knowledgeable authorities. Unlike Twitter, you’re not limited to merely sending or receiving extremely short pieces of text.”

“Our objective is equipping people who want careers in Hip Hop with the right information, at an incredibly low cost; certainly cheaper than what even small mistakes in any of these areas could cost them.”

To attend these conferences, tickets may be purchased by credit card or Paypal at If purchased before August 23, tickets are $77, and $97 following.


ChrisCo – Straight Up (Feat. Jon Connor & Elzhi) CDQ

We brought you the radio rip, here’s the CDQ of this ultra dope track:

ChrisCo – Straight Up (Feat. Jon Connor & Elzhi) CDQ

UPDATE: Proper version added

Live From HeadQCourterz (08/17/2012)

Exclusive: MC Eiht – Who Runn The Blocc (Feat. Young MayLAy) (Prod. by Brenk Sinatra) CDQ

From MC Eiht’s newest mixtape “Allstarz & Strapz 3”, we bring you the no tag version. Brenk Sinatra on the boards again, featuring Young MayLAy, enjoy:

MC Eiht – Who Runn The Blocc (Feat. Young MayLAy) (Prod. by Brenk Sinatra)

Related: MC Eiht – Where We Go (Prod. by Brenk Sinatra) CDQ

ChrisCo – Straight Up (Feat. Jon Connor & Elzhi) (Radio Rip)

Produced by DJ Premier… Fresh from the radio! Enjoy:

ChrisCo – Straight Up (Feat. Jon Connor & Elzhi) (Radio Rip)

Single dropping August 21th!!

R.I.P. Harry Justin Elam (April 29, 1922 – August 16, 2012)

We from want to send out our condolence to the Elam & Clark Families. R.I.P. to this important man (90 years old!!), Judge Harry Justin Elam (Guru’s father).

Retired Judge Harry Justin Elam was the first African American appointed to the Boston Municipal Court of Massachusetts. Subsequently, Elam became the Chief Justice of this court and later was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court. Prior to his judgeship years, between 1971 and 1988, he was a prominent lawyer in the city of Boston from 1952 to 1971.

More here and here (Check it out!!).

(Harry Elam Jr., Harry Elam Sr., and Keith (“Guru”) Elam on Cape Cod in the 1970s.)