Jay-Z honors DJ Premier for his contributions to ‘Reasonable Doubt’

Jay-Z continues to celebrate the release of his classic 1996 debut Reasonable Doubt, which turned 25 on June 25 , 2021, and he thanked DJ Premier for his contributions to the project. The Gang Starr hitmaker produced “Bring It On,” “D’Evils,” and “Friend Or Foe” off the Brooklyn, New York, rapper’s first step to superstardom. […]

DJ Premier and RZA face off for Verzuz battle series: Who won?

DJ Premier and RZA faced off in a producer battle that was one for the ages. Timbaland and Swizz Beatz launched the Verzuz battle series in March during the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The goal of the series is to celebrate the architects of good music.  DJ Premier of Gang Starr and RZA of […]

Gang Starr fills a listening void for 2019 with an instant hip-hop classic

The legendary hip-hop group Gang Starr released One of the Best Yet and it is a welcome addition to an overall underwhelming 2019. DJ Premier is the only surviving member of Gang Starr, as Keith Edward Elam also known as GURU (Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal), died on April 10, 2010. This project comes 16 years […]

New trailer for VH1’s highly anticipated hip-hop movie, ‘The Breaks’

The Breaks

[jwplatform qKeTs1PU] Set in 1990 NYC and inspired by Dan Charnas’ book The Big Payback, VH1’s original movie, “The Breaks,” chronicles the journey of three friends united by their love of hip-hop, as they work to make their mark in the music industry. “The Breaks” premieres Jan 4 at 9 p.m. EST on VH1.

T.I., Fetty Wap, Rich Homie Quan to perform at BET Hip Hop Awards

T.I., Fetty Wap, Rich Homie Quan, Dej Loaf, Kid Ink, Young Dro, DJ Mustard and DJ Premier are the first artists confirmed to rock the stage at the 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards. Reprising his role as host for the third consecutive year is Snoop Dogg, aka Uncle Snoop, reports Billboard. In addition to a […]

DJ Premier set to score VH1 movie, ‘The Breaks’

Legendary producer DJ Premier has had a long and storied career. From being one of the founding members of true school favorites Gang Starr, to working with hip-hop ‘s most elite lyricists Jay Z, Nas and Notorious B.I.G., Premier has continuously provided his trademark boom bap sound to music lovers for more than 25 years. […]

Busta Rhymes, Ne-Yo highlight the 2014 Global Spin Awards

The 3rd Annual Global Spin Awards took place this week at The New World Stages in New York City, celebrating the achievements of the turntablists and beatsmiths that drive hip-hop artistically. Hosted by LaLa Anthony, the awards recognized luminaries such as DJ Khaled (who won for DJ Album of the Year), DJ Premier and Diplo.

DJ Premier on creating a classic

DJ Premier spoke to ROLLING OUT about the approach he took with recording the album, and revealed that he takes a more meticulous path to album-making than many of today’s producers

‘Illmatic’ turns 20; how Nas ignited a new generation of MCs

It was 20 years ago today that Nas released his seminal debut album, Illlmatic. It wasn’t the huge crossover hit that, say, The Chronic or Doggystyle had been in the previous years. And it didn’t quite re-ignite the East Coast’s hardcore aesthetic, either; acts like Redman, Onyx, Das EFX, Black Moon had started doing that as early as 1992. But what Illmatic did was introduce the world to a thoughtful and gifted rhyme-writer from the Queensbridge Projects, and in doing so, it returned the traditional New York City emcee to hip-hop prominence.

DJ Premier creates online pop-up shop for exclusive Gangstarr merchandise

DJ Premier of the legendary hip-hop duo Gangstarr has acreated an online pop-up shop for fans interested in buying official Gangstarr merchandise. The online store features t-shirts and hoodies ranging from $30 to $50, but there’s a catch: the store is only scheduled to be open until New Years Day. DJ Premier took to his […]

Heineken Mural project at the A3C Hip-Hop Festival

The Heineken Mural Project photos On Saturday, Oct. 5, Atlanta was treated to a multisensory experience that incorporated art, music and ale. During the city’s fourth annual Flux Night that included projections, dance, performances, music, sound, light installations, and a gaggle of street artists who were tasked with the mission to interpret Heineken’s “Open Your World” message and […]

DJ Premier Denies Stopping Justin Bieber From Rapping at BET Cyphers

Hip-hop fans and media outlets were abuzz earlier this week when audio of a radio interview hit the Web, showcasing hip-hop legend DJ Premier explaining how declined a request from Justin Bieber to appear on the BET Cyphers at this year’s BET Hip Hop Awards. But now Premier is clarifying his words and denying rumors […]

DJ Premier Blocked Justin Bieber From Rapping in BET Cyphers

Every year, the powers that be at BET and legendary hip-hop deejay and producer DJ Premier, choose the best of the best in the world of rap to appear in one of the coveted slots at the annual BET Hip Hop Awards ceremony. And though this year’s BET Cyphers boasted a myriad of different artists […]