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Prhyme track on the “Southpaw” Soundtrack

Catch the Official Tracklist for Southpaw: Music From And Inspired by the Motion Picture after the jump.

1. James Horner – Cry For Love (Part 1)
2. Eminem ft. Gwen Stefani – Kings Never Die
3. Rob Bailey & The Hustle Standard ft. Busta Rhymes, Kxng Crooked & Tech N9ne – Beast (Southpaw Remix)
4. Denaun – This Corner
5. Action Bronson & Joey Bada$$ ft. Rico Love – What About The Rest Of Us
6. Bad Meets Evil – Raw
7. Slaughterhouse – R.N.S.
8. The Weeknd – Wicked Games
9. Bad Meets Evil – All I Think About
10. 50 Cent – Drama Never Dies
11. Prhyme ft. Logic – Mode
12. The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Bone Thus N Harmony – Notorious Thugs
13. Eminem – Phenomenal
14. James Horner – Cry For Love (Part 2)

In stores 7.24.
You can pre-order it on iTunes now!

The Making of Gang Starr’s “Mass Appeal”

There are few rap acts that stuck to their guns quite like Gang Starr. Comprised of DJ Premier the late, great Guru, the duo’s sound came to define the purist hip-hop standard of the ’90s. They crafted a style that was true to New York despite the fact that neither of them actually hailed from New York. The duo never sold millions and millions of records, but they never made a bad album either. While they made plenty of great songs, in 1994 they released “Mass Appeal”—the quintessential Gang Starr record and a song truly worthy of a Magnum Opus treatment.

We got with DJ Premier, Guru’s close friend Big Shug of Gang Starr Foundation, and the group’s managers Patrick Moxey and Phat Gary to talk about the making of the song. What we found out is that despite the fact that the song made fun of rappers who aspired for mass appeal, Guru’s actually aspired for commercial relevance himself. But, of course, the group never abandoned their aesthetic. Ironically, “Mass Appeal” became the group’s biggest hit thanks in part to Premier’s hypnotic beat.

We also talked to Fat Joe, Jadakiss, and Stretch​ Armstrong about the group’s lasting impact and legacy. And to round things out, veteran hip-hop journalist Chairman Mao and Complex’s own Editor-In-Chief Noah Callahan-Bever explained how Gang Starr took the road less taken to achieve their legendary status.

RIP Keith “Guru” Elam.

Props to Complex

DJ Snake and AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It (DJ Premier Remix) CDQ

There was already a preview of this track premiered by HOT 97 here (check the full interview if you want to know more about DJ Snake). Here you got the full version:

First Division – This Iz Tha Time (Prod. by DJ Premier) CDQ

After 1 and a half year we’re proud to finally unleash the lead single from our upcoming debut album Overworked & Underpaid. The joint: This Iz Tha Time, produced by the legendary DJ Premier. Enjoy:

Crazy Track!


DJ Premier with Live Band at the Brooklyn Bowl (Video)

DJ Premier & Rapsody visits Torae on The Tor Guide

Live From HeadQCourterz (03/06/2015)

Joey Bada$$ – Paper Trail$ (Official Music Video)

DJ Premier track spotted on Deluxe Edition of Miguel’s “Wildheart” Album

WILDHEART is the upcoming third studio album by American recording artist Miguel. It’s scheduled to be released on June 30, 2015 via ByStorm Entertainment and RCA Records. The album is the follow-up to his 2012 second album, Kaleidoscope Dream.

Back in April 2014 we posted the news that they worked together.
In May this year Miguel said the song didn’t make the album but now it looks like the track “Damned” will be released on the Deluxe Edition of the album.

DJ Premier and His Live Band Announce European Tour

DJ Premier will be heading out on the road for a tour alongside his newly-formed band. During the month of September, DJ Premier and his live band will make 15 stops across Europe. Their first stop will be Sept. 2 in Leipzig, Germany, wrapping up Sept. 19 in Mannheim, Germany.

Earlier this year, Preemo made a drastic change when the iconic D&D Studios on 320 West 37th Street closed down. He later moved to Queens to set up the new HeadQcourterz and announced the formation of the five-piece band. The band consists of Brady Watt on bass, Lenny “The Ox” Reece on drums, Takuya Kuroda handling the horn and keys, Mark Williams on the trombone and keys as well, with Preemo taking over the turntables. Soon after the announcement, the crew started playing together and hit Japan for their debut. Now that they’ve been grooving together for a few months, it’s time to take the show back on the road.

“When we put the band together, the key to any relationship is that you vibe together in a way that you can make magic happen,” he said. “That’s what happened with me and Guru, that’s what must continue with anybody I connect with.”

In addition to touring this fall, Preemo is still working in the studio. The legendary DJ will be producing Eiht’s Which Way Iz West LP in its entirety. He’s also working on music for Miguel, PRhyme and Ed Sheeran and most recently landed a VH-1 original movie, The Breaks.

Source: XXLmag