Hip Hop

DJ Premier Speaks On Jay-Z, Eminem & Gang Starr’s Legacy

blame it on Meka December 4, 2010

Written by Amanda Bassa.

In the second part of Primo’s interview with TheWellVersed, he opens up on a Jay-Z/DJ Premier album, working with Eminem and GZA, who laid down one of the dopest verses he ever heard, Pete Rock Vs. Premier and continuing Gang Starr’s legacy.

DJ Premier: I’ll give you a funny story. Jay-Z reached out to me when he was going to do The Black Album — this was years before he put it out because he postponed it, ended up working on other stuff, and then he came out with the album and decided to retire. Way prior to that he called me and said he was going to do an album and that he wanted me to do the whole thing. But he said, “I know how busy you are, Premo, but I want you to not have anything to do with anybody for the whole time we make this album. I need like a two week window, and we just do it.” And I understood where he was coming from, because he knows it had to be that deep of a situation to get it to be right and to call it The Black Album. Prince already made The Black Album. If you’re going to make one, it better be top notch. There’s a lot that goes along with that. So to approach me about that? That’s the same way I look at the Cold Crush, Fantastic, Kool Moe D, all that. LL and I have tried two or three times to work on stuff. He’s somebody you gotta sit down with and really focus on because he deserves that type of attention. And I’m proud to give him that type of attention.

TWV: Speaking of people you’ve been working with, there are a couple rumored collaborations I’ve heard about. For instance Eminem…

DJ Premier: Me and Eminem spoke about a year ago when he did the ciphers with BET and we finally got to kick it face to face. We had a good conversation. There’s a uniqueness about certain artists, so with him? I have to put certain things aside to work with him, and I gotta be realistic with what my schedule already allows me to have going on. I knew if I was going to work on Eminem tracks, I can’t be working on anything else. Strictly Eminem. That’s how much I want to give him the illest, what-the-fuck-is-that type shit, where everybody is like “yo, did you hear the Eminem and Premier shit?!” I know it will be great. But he’s still alive, I’m still alive, and hopefully I will keep breathing, and in that time frame we’ll get around to that.

READ: DJ Premier Speaks On Jay-Z, Eminem & Gang Starr’s Legacy

  • George Clooney

    Love Preem, but he’s starting to have more interesting things to share in regards to shit that DIDN’T happen rather than shit that DOES happen.

  • Lucky_Luciano

    So what happened? He didnt produce one track on the black album. Ive been hearing a long time about an em and Primo track but nothing…All talk and hype.

    What was the last track primo produced?

  • hiptothat

    Obviously hes top 3 but damn premo almost doesn’t fuckin count!

  • TKO

    JAY Z and PREMO on the same track is always classic , but I think in the back of Jays mind he knows if the project didnt sell enough , people would be mad. I think he judging when its the right time to take the hit for a purists album. Like Nas does , Nas drops whats in his heart even though he could work with Kanye , Pharrell and Swiss beats… etc. You gotta be in a position where people dont give a fuck about sales to do a whole project with Premo. Jay is a huge brand , so that would be hard to pull off.

  • GetMoney

    Does anyone have a link 2 Premo’s “Crooklyn Cuts Vol. 3” mixtape A through D????

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  • whatupsucka

    Tell this washed up nigga to hang it up. I’m getting tired of his shoulda/coulda/wouldas. His beats haven’t progressed any nicer since Stillmatic. Every joint he’s done from that point on sounds the same as the last one. He’s still stuck on that 1997 boom bap. Kanye, Alchemist, and Justice League among others already surpassed him. He has never evolved and materialized to something greater than the past, which is just like these stories. “Couple years ago blah blah”.

  • a

    everyone has their “sound” kid.
    if you think alchemist is even close to the same level you are on crack.

  • TKO

    I think its dope that Premier can use the same formula , that he used in the beginning and it still sound so dope. In 9 outta 10 times he has the best track on a album like on Ludacris -theatre of the mind. People may say its wack , but I think Premier is the only person in hip hop history to never change his sound and still be a monster. Check him out on Joell Ortiz – project boy!!! If he did a beat right now , it would most likely be dope..

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    [email protected] Amaan. You were right!

  • e_money

    no disrespect but what the fuck does premo have on his schedule thats a) more important and b) would be more lucrative than working with jay or em so that it doesnt happen. cmon son put blaq poet on the back burner its alright lol

  • Dawg

    goddamn primo. i need those shits

  • nuff

    @haters ya’ll just a hipster fuck yah

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  • mmkayy

    bout time Eminem started workin w/ the dopest producers…….i thought workin wit Just Blaze wud create classics instead i hear NO LOVE………WTF!!! Preemo wont make that mistake tho…can already tell from this interview

  • CanCon

    @mmkayy What about “Cold Wind Blows”? What about “Session One”? Also, “No Love” was a dope song. I don’t get the hate it receives. It’s one of my favourite tracks off Recovery.

  • ghettoblaster

    lol premo just talks….man….tryna get people hyped….

  • SLIM

    Jay Z needs to drop a album with more than 4 premo produced tracks for upcoming albums before he leaves this rap shit.

  • Zlatko

    @ e_money… EXACTLY.

  • EmceeSomething

    @luckiluiciano – premo has done a number of dope tracks this year alone..check em out, maybe not enough “hype” for you tho

    @whatupsucks – LO-fuckin-L @ Justice League has already surpassed DJ Premier…maybe if your 16 years old…real hip hop fans are glad he’s still on that 97 shit

    This is on Eminem, Jay-Z, etc…not Premo. Those dudes don’t really care about actually rapping enough anymore to do an entire project with him.

  • mmkayy

    @mmkayy What about “Cold Wind Blows”? What about “Session One”? Also, “No Love” was a dope song. I don’t get the hate it receives. It’s one of my favourite tracks off Recovery.

    CanCon said this on December 5th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    ^nahh not impressive at all….Blaze was comin off Exibit C hype then fastforward to Recovery lol i just dont get it…why wud he give Eminem (of all ppl) a beat like that…just dont get it lool