Archive for DJ Premier

Happy Anniversary to Jay-Z, Reasonable Doubt

Posted in Album Review with tags , , , , , , on Monday, June 25, 2012 by Tim Althaus

Sixteen long (or short, depending on how you look at it) years ago, one of Hip-Hop’s finest opuses was released. Reasonable Doubt is an album that would transition Jay-Z from an underground aficionado to a rap superstar, and it also changed the Hip-Hop game forever. Jay-z had been a hungry emcee as early as ’89, and he was sick of the way that his label (Payday) had been promoting him; he decided to take things into his own hands, and he started Roc-A-Fella Records. Together with Priority Records, Roc-A-Fella Records released Reasonable Doubt.

From the moment that Pain In Da Ass opens the album on “Can’t Knock the Hustle”, the gangster mentality takes hold, and Jay-Z displays a lyrical ability that pierces the listener’s brain like a nine millimeter. I don’t think anybody, including Hov himself, knew how much of an impact this album would have on emcees for decades to come.

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Soundset 2012 Announced!

Posted in Concert Dates, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on Monday, March 5, 2012 by Tim Althaus

Sorry for the delay in my posting lately folks, but I’ve been swamped in my personal life. Anyways, I was at work today when I got about 3 different text messages pertaining to this year’s Soundset Festival in Shakopee, MN. Let me tell you right now, my heart dropped when I saw this lineup; it is utterly fantastic. I went to the initial reincarnation of Soundset in 2008, and it’s one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. I also went in 2009, but I haven’t been back since because I wasn’t as enthused about the lineup as I had been in past years.

This year they have truly outdone themselves; I can’t even express how excited I am about this lineup. Some of the artists (just to name a few) include Atmosphere (as always), Aesop Rock, Evidence, Big K.R.I.T., Ghostface Killah & Raekwon, Danny Brown, DJ Premier, Kendrick Lamar, hometown heroes Audio Perm and more. Tickets will be on sale this Saturday, March 10th at 11AM, and I can assure you I will be picking up a VIP ticket stat. General admission is going to be $41, and VIP will be $90. I hope to see you all there!

DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles, “wEaRe aT WaR”

Posted in Downloads, Media with tags , , , on Thursday, January 19, 2012 by Tim Althaus

DJ Premier and Bumpy Knuckles (AKA Freddie Foxxx) have dropped their latest boom-bap offering, “wEaRe aT WaR”, from their forthcoming March 27th LP The KoleXXXion. “wEaRe aT WaR” features everything you’ve come to love from DJ Premier and Mr. Foxxx; razor-sharp cuts from one of the greatest DJs the game has ever, and rhymes by Bumpy Knuckles that are rougher than 320 grit sandpaper.

Download: DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles, “wEaRe aT WaR”

Shouts to 2DopeBoyz on the find.

Also: I had to throw in the video for Gang Starr, “The Militia” because it’s a Hip-Hop essential.

UPDATE: Guru Suffers Cardiac Arrest, In a Coma

Posted in Music News with tags , , , on Thursday, March 4, 2010 by Tim Althaus

It truly saddened me to see this news come to my attention yesterday; at first I thought it was just something going around the internet, and unfortunately I found out that it was very real. According to various reports, Keith Elam (AKA Guru) suffered cardiac complications over the weekend and is now in a coma.

I personally can’t believe this. This man (along with Premier) has crafted some of my absolute favorite music; Gangstarr’s Moment of Truth is one of my favorite Hip-Hop albums of all-time, and everything this man has done is pretty much gold. My prayers go out to Guru and his family, and I hope for the absolute best and a fast recovery.

I brought this back up to the top of posts because of the fuckery that was yesterday. Guru’s nephew has come out and made it public that Solar (Guru’s right hand man and producer) has the rights to make all the decisions concerning Guru’s health; Solar is completely cutting off Guru’s family of information, and he won’t let the family see Guru. This truly sounds like a bunch of bullshit, and I’m sure you will feel the same way.

Evidence, “To Be Continued…”

Posted in Audio, Downloads with tags , , , , on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Tim Althaus

This made my day on Saturday when I found it, and I definitely want to give a big up to Shake over at 2DopeBoyz. I’ve been itching for some new Mr. Slow Flow material since The LAyover EP dropped, and it looks as though my prayers have been answered. Apparently, Premo dropped this track on his radio station the other night, and from what I’ve read, this track will not be featured on Cats & Dogs; either way you look at it, this track is dope as hell, but I already knew that was the case because it’s EV.

Download: Evidence, “To Be Continued…”

DJ Premier, DJ Scratch & DJ Evil Dee Scratch Shit Up

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 by Tim Althaus

My lord, this is some great footage of DJ Scratch, DJ Premier & DJ Evil Dee doing their thing. This footage comes to us courtesy of Crate Kings, and it shows all 3 of these guys performing in Red Hook Park in New York City. This video is a testament as to why all three of these guys are legends, when they spin you know you are going to hear dope music. I only wish I could have been at this show. When the video hits 4 minutes… damn.

DJ Premier Talks Slaughterhouse & Gang Starr

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , , , , on Sunday, August 16, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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Premo is easily one of the greatest producers in the history of the game. As many would say, if he co-signs it you know it’s straight fire. In his interview with As The World Spins, he tells us (which I am highly grateful to hear) that Royce’s album Street Hop will be hitting the streets on October 11th, and that there isn’t a Premo beat on the Slaughterhouse album because he was mixing Street Hop. DJ Premier also mentions that he is down to do a new Gang Starr album as soon as Guru is ready, because he loves the chemistry that they have together. It’s also great to hear Premier talk about what he would consider “real Hip-Hop”, he couldn’t be more right.

Spotted @ Crate Kings

Wild Style Wednesday Review: Common, Like Water For Chocolate

Posted in Music Reviews, Wildstyle Wednesdays with tags , , , , , on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 by Tim Althaus

LikeWaterForChocolate A lot of people might totally hate on me, but I’ve never really been a huge Common fan, with the exception of Like Water For Chocolate. I honestly think that this album might be one of the best Hip-Hop albums of the last decade. The production put forth by Jay Dee and the Soulquarians is nothing short of perfect, and Common manages to compliment every single beat on this album the way it should be. Jay Dee did a great majority of the production and he absolutely killed the beats on this record. In my opinion this album is and always will be a classic. Most emcees wish that they could drop an album this good. Continue reading

DJ Premier talks about his origins

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 by Tim Althaus

This is a great video interview that comes to you from Mass Denim & This interview is focused mostly on the origins of Gang Starr and what was going on at that time, as well as Premo’s origins in production and major influences at the time. With both parts it’s just over 15 minutes long, but it is definitely time well spent. Premier is one of those guys that will never go out of style, because all he has is style. There is a reason why he is, and always will be one of the best producers the game has ever seen. My advice to you is to watch part one of the video up top, and follow me after the jump for part 2 of the video. Continue reading

Royce Da 5’9″ talks Street Hop, Padded Room & DJ Premier

Posted in Video with tags , , , , , on Monday, March 16, 2009 by Tim Althaus

As many of you know, Royce Da 5’9″ has a new album entitled Street Hop that is due out very soon. Culture Six had the chance to sit down with Royce and pick his brain a little bit. Royce talks on a variety of issues such as where he is at right now with the underground and radio music, Where things are at with Slaughterhouse right now and his good friend and group mate Joe Budden. Royce also talks a little bit about the legendary DJ Premier and what it’s been like to be able to work with him. Each video and promo that I see makes me want to hear Royce’s new album because it sounds like it might be a classic. Make sure you check out the interview and stay tuned to more info on Street Hop and anything Slaughterhouse.