The world recently lost an icon, and while millions of music fans grieved in their own way, one man is sure he was the biggest fan of them all. That would be DJ Premier.
“I understood where he was coming from,” the legendary hip-hop DJ and producer says. “My mom looked at me like I was a little weird. She was like, 'Why are you into this guy?' But I made my mom a believer. She's 87 years old now, and I took her to the Musicology concert, and she loved it.”
Premier was born in Houston but soon moved to Brooklyn where he'd spend most of his life and formative years. It was here that he got his education through music, learning the ins and outs of life from the sound produced by scratchy needles.
His mom took him to see all the greats, from James Brown to Chaka Khan,
“I always have to know how I'm going to start a set, and after that, I think
Premier is, to say the least, well-respected as a producer, and he broke into the national consciousness as the musical backbone of NYC rap duo Gang Starr. He's also the producer behind some of the genre's most celebrated names, like Nas,
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It's a talent that has taken the young man a very long way from Brooklyn. His skills on the deck send
“It's an overwhelming feeling,” he says. “It's almost like the records take over your whole body. Something about hitting the stage, when you see all the people there already cheering that you're about to go on, you're just so ready. It's a nervous feeling, but it's more of an anxiety. I'm not nervous where I'm scared at all — I'm just like, hurry up and get me to the stage.”