Oh, we are definitely here for all of this.
Both JAY-Z and DJ Premier hold a heavy influence on both of the DopeHouse’s co-founders: next to Atmosphere‘s Slug, Jay is one of Shake’s favorite rappers of all time. As for Meka, Premier and DJ Jazzy Jeff are the affluential reasons he has become a deejay and music critic today.
So we’re more than ecstatic to press play on 7:18, a tribute mix to both artists from MICK (formerly Mick Boogie) and Chi Duly. A 33-track mix, 7:18 is billed as blending “JAY-Z’s most lyrical and personal verses and juxtapose them with DJ Premier’s most dark and precise works.”
The unique thing about this mix is that all of Premier’s beats that were selected were only used by Brooklyn-based artists. “Gang Starr, Jeru, Group Home, MOP, etc.,” MICK says. “If it wasn’t a BK artist, we didn’t use it. It moves quick, too. 33 songs in less than an hour.
“This mixtape is a love letter to the hip hop we grew up listening to,” he continues. “This is for the people who grew up analyzing the b-side of every Gang Starr and Group Home single. This is for the people who listened to Jay’s ‘A Million And One Questions‘ a million and one times.
Stream it in its entirety below, and grab a free copy at the 7:18 e-home.