Sunday, 21 August 2016
Beat Dump 6. The Influences: DJ Premier.
Beat Dump 6: The Influences
Like a "soon to come" future post, Premo's influence is not at all an easy subject
to condense into a single blog post.
DJ Premier is one of those producers who has always been there for someone
of my generation in Hip-Hop. Premo during the 90's teamed up with Guru
to define an entire era of Hip-Hop music. Preems signature sound and style
always arrives with recognisable authority, arguably like no one else in the art.
Premo's sharp chops, kicks and snares, heavy bassline's and dirty intro's keep
him stack above the rest, I'm a sucker for his work, a dirty Premo drop is
like no one else, especially during a live set. The fact he's kept busy
throughout the years since the early 90's proves to be a testament to his amazing
work ethic, from some of the first Premo production with Gang starr, to classics such as
"You know my Steez" & "MC's act like they don't know", to "Classic" with Rakim & Kanye, to the more obscure "Think Twice" with The Four Owls (a UK Hip-Hop group
from my hometown London) to his work with Christina Aguilera, in which his style
was never compromised garnering much respect from his fans and the Hip-Hop
While able to create simple powerful loops with iron hard drum loops,
DJ Premier is impressively concise, being one of the early and biggest Hip-Hop
producers to chop samples and redeliver them in an unrecognisable state.
Quite far away from mere breaks and loops, Premo shows you can create a
completely fresh aesthetic flipping intricate chops, layering hard drums, developing
a gritty collage or sometimes a smooth blend into something both
surprisingly unexpected and impressive.
You want to hear some of the magic Premo makes, recommendations from my
perspective would point you towards, "Boom" with Royce da 5"9, all of his work under
Gang Starr ('Full Clip', 'Mass Appeal', as mentioned 'You Know My Steez' recommended), "Rugged Neva smoove" with M.O.P, my favourite song "Sayin' Something" with Ed O.G,
The classic "Nas is Like", "P.A.I.N.E" with Freddie Foxx aka Bumpy Knuckles,
Goldyn Chyld with Ras Kass, "Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers" (Another all time fav)...The more you dig, the more you find, the diamond mine never ends, Premo's beat library
is absolutely huge, I doubt there are many asides from Premo who have heard everything...
Covers, freestyles and shit would probably cover a lifetime.
Beat Dump 6
Another chapter in a story of beat development, audio art & musical experimentation.
Free to download, check it out, let me know what you think.
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