2Deep: DJ Premier’s Greatest Chorus Cuts

blame it on JES7 November 30, 2013

While there are many established DJ’s whom I have the utmost respect for when it comes to technical skills (ie. cutting, juggling, etc.), there really is no comparison when it comes to DJ Premier and his signature chorus cuts. DJ Babu, Rhettmatic, DJ Spinbad (who I just found out did the cuts on Fat Joe’s “John Blaze“) are all incredibly gifted at providing ill chorus scratches. But Premo. That man is a beast on another level.

Besides having an extensive knowledge of any dusty jazz, funk or soul record, Mean Joe Preme also has an encyclopedic memory when it comes to Hip-Hop lyrics. In an interview he did some time back (I can’t remember the exact interview), I recall Preme saying that some artists will provide him with a general idea of what lyrics to use for the cuts (a la Jay Z & “D’evils”), but most times this is left entirely up to Premo, and he always delivers. In every Gang Starr album, starting with No More Mr. Nice Guy up until The Ownerz, you can hear the progression and evolution of his unique cuts. The very first time I heard Preme’s cuts was on a mixtape my DJ mentor at the time gave to me. That song being “DJ Premier In Deep Concentration” – and despite that track highlighting some very early Premo material, I was completely blown away by those scratches. And without further ado, I present to you what I personally consider Premo’s greatest chorus cuts, in no particular order:

Mos Def – Mathematics

Group Home – Supa Star

Gang Starr – Mass Appeal

KRS-One – Rappaz R. N. Dainja

Jay Z – D’evils

Buckshot LeFonque – Some [email protected] (The Scratch Opera)

Non Phixion – Rock Stars

DJ Premier In Deep Concentration

AZ – The Come Up

Jeru the Damaja – Black Cowboy (Fugees Diss)

Fat Joe – The Shit Is Real (DJ Premier Remix)

Afu Ra – Mic Stance

Black Milk – The Matrix f. Pharoahe Monch & Sean Price

Kanye West x Nas x Rakim x KRS-One – Classic

Rakim – When I B On the Mic

J-Live – The Best Part

Bun B – Let Em Know

Ill Bill – Society Is Brainwashed

Nas – Nas Is Like

Gang Starr – The Militia II f. W.C. & Rakim

Honorable mention ironically is a non-DJ Premier cut and would have to go to DJ Craze A-Trak’s cuts on Obscure Disorder’s “Back To the Lab” (which not surprisingly is also an obscure record, as I’ve never been able to find a copy. Anywhere.) GREATEST chorus cut ever? Quite possibly. With that said, what are y’all favs? Premo or not.