DJ Premier has one of Hip-Hop’s most storied production legacies. As one half of the legendary Gang Starr, Preemo was the sonic genius behind such tracks as “Just To Get A Rep,” “Mass Appeal,” “Full Clip” and “You Know My Steez.” Outside of that history-making partnership with Guru, Preemo has worked with a who’s-who of legendary emcees: from Jay-Z, Nas and the Notorious B.I.G., to KRS-One, Jeru Da Damaja, Bun B and many more. For DJ Premier, greatness has always been a daily operation. There is only one Preemo.

  • 1994

    Artist | January 1, 1994

    The Sample that Got Away

    DJ Premier has the uncanny knack of taking a sample, chopping it, and flipping it so that it seems both familiar and original. But, of course, with more and more recognition, he’s been forced to reconcile that clearing a sample isn’t always so easy. In fact, there was one that got away, and it still resonates with him today. READ MORE

  • 1992

    Artist | January 1, 1992

    Now You're Mine

    In an era before social media, fans could only guess which Gang Starr stories were true and which ones were figments of Guru’s imagination. While many know the true stories behind “Just To Get a Rep” and “Moment of Truth,” involving tales of a carjacking gone bad and Guru’s legal troubles following a gun arrest, “Now You’re Mine” showcases how their in-fighting led to magic on wax. READ MORE

  • 1991

    Artist | January 1, 1991

    The Magic of D&D Studios

    While a handful of Hip-Hop artists were already recording at D&D Studios, Premier’s experience inside David Lotwin and Doug Grama’s place would completely shift the trajectory of not only Gang Starr’s music but also of Hip-Hop as a whole. READ MORE

  • 1988

    Artist | January 1, 1988

    The move to Brooklyn

    For DJ Premier, New York City was where he’d go from a Prairie View A&M house party DJ to the man whose sound is widely considered to BE New York City. READ MORE

  • 1984

    Artist | January 1, 1984

    Soundwaves records

    Chris Martin, eventually known throughout the world as DJ Premier, grew up in a household filled with music. His mother was a painter, and the sounds of the Temptations, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Barry White, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Grover Washington, Booker T & the MGs, and the Bar-Kays filled the living room as she worked. It was ultimately his thirst for the latest and greatest on wax at Soundwaves Records which took him from Houston to Brooklyn and launched his legendary career.READ MORE

  • 1992

    Artist | January 1, 1992

    Now You're Mine

    In an era before social media, fans could only guess which Gang Starr stories were true and which ones were figments of Guru’s imagination. While many know the true stories behind “Just To Get a Rep” and “Moment of Truth,” involving tales of a carjacking gone bad and Guru’s legal troubles following a gun arrest, “Now You’re Mine” showcases how their in-fighting led to magic on wax. READ MORE

  • 1988

    Artist | January 1, 1988

    The move to Brooklyn

    For DJ Premier, New York City was where he’d go from a Prairie View A&M house party DJ to the man whose sound is widely considered to BE New York City. READ MORE

  • 1994

    Artist | January 1, 1994

    The Sample that Got Away

    DJ Premier has the uncanny knack of taking a sample, chopping it, and flipping it so that it seems both familiar and original. But, of course, with more and more recognition, he’s been forced to reconcile that clearing a sample isn’t always so easy. In fact, there was one that got away, and it still resonates with him today. READ MORE

  • 1991

    Artist | January 1, 1991

    The Magic of D&D Studios

    While a handful of Hip-Hop artists were already recording at D&D Studios, Premier’s experience inside David Lotwin and Doug Grama’s place would completely shift the trajectory of not only Gang Starr’s music but also of Hip-Hop as a whole. READ MORE

  • 1984

    Artist | January 1, 1984

    Soundwaves records

    Chris Martin, eventually known throughout the world as DJ Premier, grew up in a household filled with music. His mother was a painter, and the sounds of the Temptations, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Barry White, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Grover Washington, Booker T & the MGs, and the Bar-Kays filled the living room as she worked. It was ultimately his thirst for the latest and greatest on wax at Soundwaves Records which took him from Houston to Brooklyn and launched his legendary career.READ MORE