Joey Bada$$-Unorthodox (Video)

Now, it’s no secret I’m a massive Joey fan. However, as much as I love his raps (spoiler: it’s a lot), Ecko Ltd. appointing him their Creative Director at the age of 18 seems pretty bizarre to me. Of course, credit to him and I hope he succeeds, but from a business standpoint surely that’s an enormous risk by Ecko?

On to what matters. This DJ Premier-produced joint has quickly become a standout in Joey’s small but incredibly impressive back catalogue, with Premo’s simple and effective backdrop being the perfect canvas for the young MC to deliver his gritty, mature raps.

The video’s got a nice retro art style, adding sketched and painted effects to the everyday scenery of Joey’s life, such as near a subway entrance, and also painting contextual pictures to fit his lyricism throughout. It’s very visually stimulating and adds a remarkable amount of colour to a fairly ‘black and white’, unfussy hip-hop track, whilst doing so in the rough and imperfect manner that so accurately represents Joey Bada$$’ style. Great audio and a really enjoyable video to match.

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Joey Bada$$-Unorthodox (prod. DJ Premier)

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A radio rip landed a couple of days ago, but the full version has thankfully surfaced-you put the legendary Premo alongside the best newcomer in the rap game and it’s essential to listen to it properly.

The production has the Premo hallmarks over it, with a surface simplicity that conceals a depth of production worth appreciating, from the soft keys haunting the background to the beautifully clean bass thuds, and of course those trademark Premier scratches. It’s the sort of throwback beat that Joey’s thrived on in the last year or so, and whilst its still difficult to believe how young Joey is, this is another mature performance to add to his growing collection. The raps are consistent and unrelenting in the verses, with Joey’s steady flow and lack of over-emphasis giving his words gravitas and seriousness, playing off the more reflective elements of the production well, whilst the hook is still a rapped one with no illusions, instead being filled with harsh realities and a somewhat bleak outlook. An excellent slice of hip-hop that the heads will be giving plenty of time.

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Game-HVN4AGNGSTA ft. Master P


The third and final release of Game’s #SundayService instalment from yesterday, and just like the previous tracks he’s released that aren’t on the album, this one’s better than the content that actually is on the album.

That largely down to the DJ Premier beat. The soulful sample just engulfs this one, from the vocal work on the hook to the grand, vintage melodies that back Game and P during their verses, whilst Premo’s no slouch with his percussion work and it drives the track along nicely. The lyricism’s as schizophrenic as Game’s opinion on other rappers, adding the occasional and enjoyable moment of self-reflection in with the somewhat tired aggressiveness and arrogance, whilst P’s verse is a nice cameo, if only for the novelty value. This one’s all about the beat, and I’ll be disappointed if better MCs (looking at you Slaughterhouse) don’t give this a go themselves.

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Vinnie Paz-The Oracle (prod. by DJ Premier)

I was initially sceptical about Vinnie as a solo artist, but Season of the Assassin was a big grower. I have been anticipating this release much more, and so far I’ve enjoyed each track. Teaming up with Preemo can be a bit tricky these days. You can find yourself with a classic one of a kind beat, or you can find yourself on a by-the-numbers mixtape filler beat.

Luckily, Preem has thought about this track and seems to have really crafted the beat to compliment Vinnie’s hard-hitting style, which works well and continues to build anticipation for the album.

God Of The Serengeti is released on October 23rd.

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La Coka Nostra-Mind Your Business ft. DJ Premier (Video)

A few days late on this track, but it just wouldn’t be right if we didn’t have it up on OTU.

For those who don’t know, Everlast has left LCN since the last album, with just ILL Bill & Slaine remaining as the only MC’s in the group. For me, this is no bad thing. Bill is one of my favourite MC’s, and I would have a hard time thinking of another MC who has made more progression over the past number of years than Slaine.

Anyway, on to the track, and we finally hear LCN supplied with a Preemo beat. The beat is a little different to other LCN tracks we’ve heard before and definitely moves in a different direction to the previous leaks from this album, but the change is welcome and it’s refreshing to hear Preemo playing around with the samples between Bill and Slaine’s verses.

It’s a solid track, and definitely reinforces my belief that LCN have developed into a Bill/Slaine duo project that delve into the dark subjects that seem to be so prevalent in their solo careers. The album drops on July 31st, and will definitely be one to look forward to.

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Psalm One ft. R.A. The Rugged Man – Open Relationship [Video]

Rugged Man features are always things to savour. Rugged Man features on a video? You’d be mad to miss it. Although only a feature on this, you can tell he always has a ‘hands-on’ influence on directing as these visuals with Psalm One elicit that classic R.A. humour.

Bumpy Knuckles is also doing the rounds, on the back of his recently released collaboration project with DJ Premier, and makes a hilarious cameo here.

This has got me thinking, by the use of hip-hop algebra… R.A. knows Bumpy… Bumpy knows Premo… You do the math.

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DJ Premier and Bumpy Knuckles ft. Nas – Turn Up The Mic (Remix)


This has that distinct Premo/Nas flavour, but yet still leaves me with a disappointing taste in my mouth. I haven’t listened to the album yet (which is out tomorrow, you can pick that up over here.) but from the several leaks we’ve heard, I’m yet to hear anything groundbreaking from your favourite producer’s favourite producer.

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Torae – For The Record [Video]

Finally!

The reason I say this isn’t because the video is particularly great, it’s because of the exposure it will help give this record and the LP in general. For me, this track was the middle finger to anyone who thought Premo was falling off. It’s also the track which proves Torae as one of the nicest in the underground, as he effortlessly rides over the perfect boom-bap concoction.

Anything else I missed? Go grab the audio here.

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Torae-For The Record (Prod. DJ Premier)


I’m a little (a lot) late on posting this up, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been killing my iTunes for the last month. Easily the best Premo beat of the year is matched lyrically by the heavy-hitter Brooklynite Torae who rides over Premo’s feel-good boom-bap.

Without doubt the standout track from Torae’s latest offering, but notable mentions go to collaborations featuring Pete Rock and Large Pro who each bring their own unique formula to the project. Definitely one for the heads.

Torae-For The Record (Prod. DJ Premier)

 

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DJ Premier, Nas, The Berklee Symphony Orchestra-Regeneration Video

I must admit I slept on this track a little bit when it dropped a few weeks ago. But oh how I was wrong.

The visuals immeasurably add to the epicness of this track and paint a vivid picture of Premo’s journey in creating this envelope-pushing piece of history. After brief shots of Premo learning how to compose, the visual cuts back between the symphony hall and Preem’s studio equipped with Nas spitting his infectious poetry. I know this wasn’t supposed to be about Nas, but I just wished there was another verse floating around out there somewhere. We can only wait and hope.

Read Ajay’s thoughts on the track itself. 

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DJ Premier, Nas and The Berklee Symphony Orchestra-Regeneration


Follow DJ Premier, Mark Ronson, Skrillex, Pretty Lights and The Crystal Method as they remix, recreate and re-imagine five traditional styles of music. Our five distinctive DJs collaborate with some of today’s biggest musicians to discover how our musical past is influencing the future.

An incredible blend of styles here, as Preemo and Nas reunite over an excellent classical production. Dramatic strings swing the track across a variety of moods to open with, before focusing into a driven, uplifting style to back Nas’ ever-replayable raps. The orchestral work once again excellently shifts moods, whilst Preemo laces the symphony with some trademark scratches, enhancing that excellent crossover feel. Interestingly, ‘of all the takes, the one you hear is the “wild” version (which means they recorded it without the metronome in their headphones) and DJ Premier conducted himself’. Genuinely excellent, and a superb slice of eclecticism.

DJ Premier & The Berklee Symphony Orchestra-Regeneration ft. Nas

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Mac Miller-Face The Facts (Produced DJ Premier)


This one is for those Premo doubters out there claiming the G.O.A.T. fell off. Premo let this one loose on his Twitter yesterday and boy does it deliver with those characteristic piano chords and rolling drum loops. This was the first time I’d checked for Mac Miller and I found myself pleasantly surprised how he comfortably rides Premo’s instrumental, even showing the ability to switch things up half-way through. In fact, I’ll be surprised if you’re still reading this and haven’t hit the download yet.

EDIT: Apparently this isn’t even going to make his album; Premo states they were ‘just kidding around’ at 6am.

Mac Miller-Face The Facts (Produced DJ Premier) 

 

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Apathy-Peace Connecticut Video

“Apathy is preparing to take his career to another level with the release of his third-solo LP, Honkey Kong, which will be released on 8-23-2011. The Connecticut emcee and The Get Busy Committee (Apathy, Scoop Deville and Ryu released Uzi Does It in October 2010) and AOTP member has undeniably crafted his best project to date and it includes production from Apathy, DJ Premier, DJ Muggs, Statik Selektah, Evidence, Da Beatminerz and Teddy Roxpin among others. Guest appearances on Honkey Kong include Xzibit, Slaine, Vinnie Paz, Esoteric, Ill Bill, Celph Titled, Action Bronson, General Steele (Smif N Wessun) and Mad Lion.”

This album is excellent. Like really excellent. Lots of differing opinions from the underground heads but the production on this is the strongest we’ve seen on an Ap LP and lyrically you know what you’re in for. Hopefully it’ll get the recognition it deserves across the industry. If you enjoyed Celph Titled and Buckwild’s Nineteen Ninety Now from last year, you’ll definitely get some decent replay value out of this one. Buy.

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Apathy ft. Celph Titled-What Ya Doing (Prod. DJ Premier)


Oh God. I think a little bit of wee just came out. What a day for hip-hop. So, this was always going to be the headline track from Ap’s upcoming Honkey Kong LP (August 23rd) and boy it doesn’t half deliver. Premo drops an old-school flavoured beat which sounds lifted from Gang Starr’s classic 1991 Step In The Arena. Apathy proves why he’s one of the hottest underground spitters out right now, and hearing Celph over old-school boom-bap brings me right back to last year’s superb Nineteen Ninety Now with Buckwild. Oh and apparently Apathy mixed the record which is the first time Premo has ever let an artist do that. How’s that for a co-sign.

Apathy ft. Celph Titled-What Ya Doin’ (Prod. DJ Premier) 

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Big Shug-We Miss You (Guru Tribute)


Yesterday marks what would have been Keith Elam’s 50th birthday. Long-time collaborator (and one of Gang Starr’s forming members) Big Shug teams up with the-legend-behind-the-boards DJ Premier for a Guru dedication track.

The track itself isn’t much to write home about but it’s the sentiments which are undeniably important here. And more than anything gives us a moment to reminisce upon the life and times of Guru. Essential Guru here.

Big Shug-We Miss You (Guru Tribute)

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Apathy-Check To Check [Video]

“This video was filmed in February, in the dead of an east coast winter, to capture the sullen vibe of the song. Filmed with mostly family and friends (and a few strange extras who had no idea they were being filmed), “Check To Check” is an honest look at really real life shit.

Apathy is preparing to take his career to another level with the release of his third-solo LP, Honkey Kong, which will be released on 8-23-2011.  The Connecticut emcee and AOTP member has undeniably crafted his best project to date and it includes production from Apathy, DJ Premier, DJ Muggs, Statik Selektah, Evidence, Da Beatminerz and Teddy Roxpin among others.  Guest appearances include Xzibit, Slaine, Vinnie Paz, Esoteric, Ill Bill, Celph Titled, Action Bronson, General Steele and Mad Lion.”

Audio here.

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Pete Rock and Smif-N-Wessun Speak On Dr. Dre Vs DJ Premier

In support of their latest drop Monumental (cop here) Pete Rock and Cocoa Brovaz drop by with Vlad TV for a quick interview.

Here we have the threesome discussing the somewhat problematic question (in some people’s eyes; not mine I hasten to add) of who is a better producer: Dr. Dre or DJ Premier.

I think Rock covers it perfectly by stating how it’s difficult to compare the different New York gritty yet funky samples of Premo versus Dre’s famous laid back G-Funk.

Good stuff.

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Apathy-Check To Check


It seems weird to think it was over a year and a half since Wanna Snuggle dropped, yet Apathy is back with the first single from the highly anticipated Honkey Kong.

The new album sees features from underground heavyweights, such as fellow-AOTP members Vinnie Paz and Celph Titled, who have become stalwarts on the scene. However, the album’s real treat is behind the boards, securing a stellar line-up including the likes of DJ Premier and DJ Muggs, which I’m sure all you ‘heads can’t wait to hear.

With this first offering, Apathy teams up with Evidence of Dilated Peoples, who provides a really infectious beat with a classic Outkast sample. Lyrically Apathy doesn’t disappoint, delivering 3 solid verses to match the production, and successfully conveying that euphoric feeling you get when you’re completely skint.

Apathy-Check To Check

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Royce Da 5'9"-Second Place (Prod. DJ Premier)


From Royce’s upcoming Success Is Certain LP out July 26th. The D spitter teams up with long-time collaborator DJ Premier for this heater. Royce does his thing with this, jam-packing it full of quotables (which no doubt will be scratched into numerous choruses for years to come) although I was a little disappointed with how Premo came through on this one. I guess I just hold the man with such high standards. Oh, a few seconds of Premo tags at the start. Sorry.

Royce Da 5’9″-Second Place (Prod. DJ Premier) (Tags)

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Edo. G-Stop It Video

I’m glad that we’ve got some promotional material for Edo G’s latest project. I was saying on my Twitter only a few days ago that with all this hype surrounding Globin and ELmatic, people shouldn’t sleep on this very good hip-hop effort.

Not the strongest from the album by any means here, but the visuals are exactly the type of thing I expected with Edo strolling through the streets of Boston and a few cameos here and there.

Edo G’s A Face In The Crowd can be obtained on 17th May.

There’s also his collaboration with a certain DJ Premier kicking around these parts somewhere…

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Wais P-You See It (Produced DJ Premier) Video

Premo beats at the moment seem to be a bit like buses you know?

Anyway here’s some new Wais P for you produced by the Gang Starr beatmaker himself. This joint will feature on Wais’ upcoming EP Game & Claim. It’s always good getting visuals for a track because not only does it raise the track’s profile somewhat, but it also holds the placebo effect with me in that I seem to find the music itself much more enjoyable.

This falls perfectly into that category. Lyrically and production wise it’s nothing to blow the industry apart, yet the video ties everything together nicely and is a welcome addition to any iTunes library for those avid Premo collectors like me.

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Dynasty-Epic Dynasty (Produced DJ Premier) [Video]

Visuals for female emcee Dynasty spitting over DJ Premier chords.

Always nice to get female emcees coming through in a genre dominated by men. I mean sure we’ve got Jean Grae, Bahamadia, Lauren Hill, *ahem* Nicki Minaj etc, but you can’t hate on new cats coming up. Especially when doing their thing over Premo beats.

This cut is from Premo’s Year Round Records: Get Used To Us which you can buy here.

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Edo G-Fast Lane (Produced DJ Premier)



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when I heard this yesterday so it’s only right that you have the opportunity that I had too.

Heads, you already know what hip-hop stalwart Edo G has to offer the mic, but let’s be honest here; this is all about the Premo boardwork. The greatest producer of all time comes through with his characteristic, smooth and delicate piano keys in-tact with KRS-One, Guru and M.O.P. scratches creating that signature Premo sound. It might not be his best ever beat, but it’s classic DJ Premier and deserves your attention on that basis alone.

Edo G’s A Face In The Crowd can be sampled here and copped on 17th May.

Edo G-Fast Lane (Produced DJ Premier)

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Canibus Addresses Comments Made By DJ Premier

This came out of nowhere. In light of comments made by Premo a few days back, where he said Bis was the most difficult artist to work with, Bis responds with a 7 minute track aimed towards the legendary producer.

You can hear Premo’s original interview to the left and download Canibus’ response below. Looks like Golden Terra Of Rap may be their last collaboration…

Canibus-Tell The Truth/Monsters

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Jeru The Damaja Prepares Upcoming Album


The elusive Jeru The Damaja has confirmed in a recent interview that he has a new album coming with production from Large Professor, JuJu from the Beatnuts, Pete Rock and hopefully DJ Premier!

Jeru also speaks some wisdom as always on the current state of hip-hop and on receiving a shout-out from Gucci Mane. Jeru recently visited Toronto for a Guru tribute show with Canibus and R.A. The Rugged Man. Damn. Hip-hop lives. Watch the full video here.

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Reks-Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme [Album Review]


“Reks’ third offering in the shape of Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme delivers to the underground fan with a range of subject matter, on-point rhymes, lyrical dexterity and Reks’ best selection of beats to date.”

The artist:

Born Corey Isaiah Christie in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Reks dropped out of college to pursue his dream in hip-hop. After taking the Boston underground scene by storm, Reks landed a deal with Landspeed Records who delivered his now decade-old debut Along Came The Chosen in 2001. The success which followed gave touring opportunities alongside respected emcees including Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Redman, De La Soul and his idol KRS-One. Reks’ second effort Grey Hairs (2008) is frequently cited as a classic amongst underground heads spearheaded by the impeccable Say Goodnight with legendary producer DJ Premier.

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Reks-Why Cry ft. Styles P


Latest release from Reks’ upcoming LP Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme dropping March 8th.

Reks tears apart a screechy Alchemist beat, whilst The Ghost’s vocals are always welcome in dragging a joint deep down into the gutter. Certainly a head-nodder this one, but was always going to have to go some to top the lead single.

Go take a listen to the album before you buy over at Amazon. Absolutely mouthwatering.

Reks-Why Cry ft. Styles P

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Reks-Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme Preview


As a big fan of the Lawrence, Massachusetts emcee needless to say I’ve been hankering after this since it was first announced. We’ve already heard the opening track, 25th Hour, with Premo lacing a delicious piano-loop for Reks to spit his trademark razor-sharp, conscious lyricism.

For those as eager as me, you can now preview the album track by track over at Amazon. With production from Premo, Pete Rock, Nottz, Statik, Alchemist, Sha Money XL and Hi-Tek the album is, and sounds, simply irresistible.

Make sure you go out and support real hip-hop on March 8th.

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Reks-25th Hour (Produced DJ Premier) Video

And with this video Reks cements his DJ Premier-produced cut as the lead single to his upcoming R.E.K.S (Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme) album due to drop March 8th!

Producers include Premier himself, Pete Rock, Hi Tek, Alchemist, Nottz, Sha Money XL, Sean C & LV, Fizzy Womack and the ever-present Statik Selektah.

Oh, and this is ill as shit. Audio over at iTunes.

#DJPremierisGOD

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