CHRISTOPHER EDWARD MARTIN (born March 21, 1966), better known by his
stage name DJ PREMIER (also known as PREEM, PREMO, or PRIMO), is an
Record Producer and DJ , and was half of the hip hop duo Gang
Starr —alongside the emcee Guru —and forms half of the hip hop duo
PRhyme, together with Royce Da 5\'9" .
* 1 Early life
* 2 Musical career
* 2.1 Current work
* 3 Collaborations
* 4 Style and influences
* 5 Business career
* 6 Influence
* 7 Personal life
* 8 Discography
* 9 References
* 10 External links
DJ Premier was born in Houston,
Texas , and was then raised in
Texas , before moving to
Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn, New York , during his
teenage years. He attended Prairie View A although overlooked at the
time of its 1995 release, the album eventually received acclaim.
In 2006, pop/R"> Performing in Germany, 2001
Premier was one of the artists followed in the 2012 documentary,
Re:GENERATION. The film followed his production of the song
"Regeneration," for which he used a live performance of his work by
the Berklee Symphony Orchestra.
In September 2012,
Immortal Technique said that a song called "Born
in the Trap," on his upcoming album, titled The Middle Passage, would
feature production by Premier.
In early 2014, Premier revealed that he is working with Aguilera
again in an interview with New Zealand's Rip It Up magazine. Premier
produced Y'all Ready Know by
Slaughterhouse , from the Shady Records
Shady XV , and the music video was published in November 2014.
In mid-2014, Premier collaborated with Korean hip-hop group Dynamic
Duo on two singles "AEAO" and "Animal", which were both warmly
A mid-January 2015 announcement from Premier stated that the
producer's studio, D&D, also known as "The HeadQcouterz," will cease
to be operational. As part of the announcement, Premier confirmed that
he is working on the album, Last Session @320, after he relocates to a
recording space in Astoria, New York City, U.S.
DJ Premier hosts a weekly two-hour show, Live From HeadQCourterz, on
Sirius Satellite Radio's Hip-Hop Nation every Friday.
DJ Premier served as one of the three curators for the soundtrack to
the video game
NBA 2K16 , alongside
DJ Khaled and
DJ Mustard .
The early line-up of the
Gang Starr Foundation in the mid-1990s
included Jeru The Damaja, Group Home,
Big Shug , and Gang Starr.
Premier was fully responsible for the production of Jeru the Damaja's
first two albums,
The Sun Rises in the East and Wrath of the Math.
Jeru released three subsequent albums that did not include Premier's
involvement. In terms of his
Group Home collaboration, Premier
commented in a 2003 interview: "They don't respect what fed them." He
further explained that he only agreed to produce the track "The
Legacy" because of Guru's involvement.
Other artists closely tied to the
Gang Starr Foundation who Premier
collaborated with include:
Afu Ra ,
Bahamadia , Krumbsnatcha, Big
Shug , Smiley the Ghetto Child, and NYGz.
Afu Ra explained Premier's influence in a September 2014 interview
with the "Lyrically Fit" website:
Premier definitely coached me when I was in the booth.
"harder..stronger..more this..more that"—I was an untamed artist and
rapping next to recording your vocals are different. He gave me this
knowledge through the work we did.
Gang Starr Foundation, Premier is closely affiliated with
M.O.P. , which he names as one of his all-time favorite groups. The
relationship started with the remix of “Rugged, Neva Smoove” in
1994, a single from the group's first album, which also included the
exclusive B-side “Downtown Swinga.” From then, Premier produced
about one-third of the songs on each subsequent album and overseeing
and mixing the projects. On M.O.P.'s 2009 Foundation album, Premier
provided only one track, which was called "What I Wanna B."
STYLE AND INFLUENCES
DJ Premier's style of production epitomizes the New York sound of his
earlier peers. He is known for sampling jazz , funk , and soul
artists, as well as sampling an artist's past work when creating a new
track for that same artist. For example, on Jay-Z's "So Ghetto", from
the 1999 album
Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter , Premier samples
Jay-Z song, 1997's "Who You Wit II". In addition, his
encyclopedic memory of hip-hop lyrics allows him to distinctively
speak with his hands by scratching in lyrics from several different
songs to construct new phrases. Premier's beats are known for his
oft-imitated combinations of short vocal samples, often from multiple
artists, to create a chorus. Premier has also experimented with atonal
samples that are not confined to soul, jazz, and funk. For example, he
sampled and chopped up seminal electro-acoustic music from the 1960s
on the track “Physical Stamina” by Jeru the Damaja.
In an interview with
XXL Magazine ,
DJ Premier was asked how his
sound evolved, to which he replied, "
Marley Marl is my number-one
Jam Master Jay
Jam Master Jay , Mix Master Ice, and
UTFO . Grandmaster
DJ Cheese ,
Grandmaster Flash ,
Kool Herc , Afrika
Jazzy Jay —even
Cut Creator . Seeing them do what they
do. It’s black music, it’s black culture, it comes from the
ghetto. How can you not relate to ghetto people when that’s the
rawest form of blackness? Even though it’s not a good place in
regards to the economy and how bad people have it in the neighborhood,
the realism’s there, and that’s what we were born out of. So I
very much pay respect by doing the same type of music in return." DJ
Premier attended Prairie View A"> DJ Premier's studio at D">
For its 20th-anniversary issue in 2008, The Source selected DJ
Premier for its list of the 20 greatest producers in the magazine's
history. He also made the finals in Vibe magazine's 2010 search for
the greatest hip hop producer of all time—he finished second after
Dr. Dre received 62 percent of the votes.
DJ Premier has lived in
Brooklyn for much of his professional career.
His Son is Baseball player Derek Jeter's Nephew.
DJ Premier production discography and Gang Starr
DJ Premier Presents Get Used To Us (2010)
* Kolexxxion (with Bumpy Knuckles ) (2012)
PRhyme (with Royce da 5\'9" ) (2014)
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* ^ "
DJ Premier Reuniting With
Christina Aguilera On Her New
Album". The Urban Daily. Interactive One. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 14
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DJ Premier Talks
Legacy, Production, and
Nas Collabo Album". Life + Times. Life +
Times. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
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Retrieved 13 January 2015.
* ^ "Bushido (2) – Jenseits Von Gut Und Böse". Bushido (2) on
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* ^ Hunter Daniels (2011). "
DJ Premier Talks RE:GENERATION MUSIC
PROJECT". Collider. Complex Media. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
* ^ "
Immortal Technique Gives Middle Passage Update — Paid Dues
2013" (Video upload). Fuse on YouTube. Google Inc. 2 April 2013.
Retrieved 13 January 2015.
* ^ gimantalon (8 May 2014). "DJ PREMIER WORKING WITH CHRISTINA
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* ^ "
Slaughterhouse — Y\'all Ready Know" (Video upload).
slaughterhouseVEVO on YouTube. Google Inc. 3 November 2014. Retrieved
5 November 2014.
* ^ Oak, Jessica. "Dynamic Duo Team With
DJ Premier for \'A Giant
Step\' Album, Korean Showcase". Billboard.
* ^ Patrick Lyons (13 January 2015). "
DJ Premier Shutters Studio,
Announces New Album "Last Session @320"". Hot New Hip Hop. Hot New Hip
Hop. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
* ^ Makuch, Eddie (July 9, 2015). "
NBA 2K16 Has 50+ Song Soundtrack
Curated By DJ Khaled, DJ Premier, DJ Mustard".
GameSpot . Retrieved
April 16, 2016.
* ^ TheFormula.com (posted by organik) (6 April 2003). "DJ Premier
Interview" (Message board). Tribe. Tribe Communications, Inc.
Retrieved 4 February 2015.
* ^ Steven J. Horowitz (2 June 2011). "
Bahamadia Announces Fourth
Album "HERE," Features Foreign Exchange". Hip Hop DX. Cheri Media
Group. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
* ^ "Hip-Hop, Rap Interviews : Krumbsnatcha". Riotsound.com.
Riotsound. 2002–2009. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
Retrieved 14 October 2014.
* ^ Slava Kuperstein (26 April 2010). "DJ Premier,
Big Shug Speak
On Guru". Hip Hop DX. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
* ^ Justin Ivey (24 February 2010). "Smiley The Ghetto Child: I’m
Legend ". Kevin Nottingham. kevinnottingham.com. Retrieved 14 October
* ^ "Hip-Hop, Rap Interviews : NYG\'z". Riotsound.com. Riotsound.
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* ^ Dread Solo (29 September 2014). "Afu-Ra Recalls Early Days w/
Dj Premier, Martial Arts & His Classic ‘Body of The Life Force’
Album". Lyrically Fit. Lyrically Fit. Archived from the original on 14
October 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
* ^ Jay Z\'s So Ghetto sample of Jay-Z\'s Who You Wit II
* ^ Exclaim! Canada\'s Music Authority
* ^ "FEATURES. DJ Premier: Remedy". XXL. 21 November 2006.
* ^ JLBarrow (19 August 2008). "Source Mag Picks Twenty Greatest
Producers". NodFactor.com. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
* ^ "
Dr. Dre Is VIBE\'s Greatest Producer Of All Time, Speaks On
Win". Vibe. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
* Official website