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DJ Premier Rocks Live DJ Set For NPR’s Tiny Desk

blame it on Patrick Glynn August 21, 2017

NPR Tiny Desk concerts are typically made for people who sing or rap. Occasionally, though, instrumentalists make their way through the Washington D.C. offices, and now DJ Premier — a seminal producer in hip-hop — has his own set.

Backed by a live band, Preemo and friends performed a slew of songs he’s produced, including, in order:

  • KRS-One — “KRS-One Attacks”
  • KRS-One –MC’s Act Like They Don’t Know”
  • Das EFX — “Real Hip-Hop”
  • Nas — “Nas Is Like”
  • Jeru The Damaja — “Da Bichez”
  • Gang Starr — “Step In the Arena”
  • Gang Starr Feat. M.O.P. — “1/2 & 1/2″
  • Royce Da 5’9″ — “Boom”
  • Gang Starr — “Moment of Truth”

Premier provides scratches on the boards throughout, obviously, emceeing the event as well. It’s not often you get a DJ set — let alone a set this good — rolling through the Tiny Desk.

Watch the performance below.