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The Jazz-Rap Explosion Of 1993, 25 Years Later

Twenty-five years after its release, hindsight reveals one now-dated aspect of Guru's Jazzmatazz, Volume 1: The front cover refers to its fusion of hip-hop and…
Nate Patrin | June 5, 2018 - 1:15 pm

Status Ain't Hood

Welcome To Rap’s Well-Connected Old-Man Era

It used to be a truism: Rap fans are fickle. Rap fans don't take care of their elder statesmen. Rap fans are only after what's…
Tom Breihan | June 28, 2017 - 11:55 am

Status Ain't Hood

What Will Become Of Ja Rule?

I once saw Ja Rule scream "It's Murda!" in an elevator. About 12 years ago, when I'd first moved to New York and gone to…
Tom Breihan | May 3, 2017 - 11:01 am

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Royce Da 5’9″‘s Funkmanster Flex Freestyle Is Amazing

Back in December, Black Thought, longtime voice of the Roots, popped up with a long freestyle for Funkmaster Flex and promptly set the internet on…
Tom Breihan | March 7, 2018 - 1:55 pm

DJ Premier – “Our Streets” (Feat. A$AP Ferg)

DJ Premier and A$AP Ferg have teamed up for "Our Streets," the first single to be released on former Gang Starr manager's Patrick Moxey's's newly…
Peter Helman | November 2, 2017 - 8:17 pm

DJ Premier – “My Space Baby” (Feat. Cherub) Video

Earlier this year, DJ Premier, one of the greatest rap producers who has ever lived, teamed up with Miguel for "2 Lovin U," an alternate…
Tom Breihan | May 12, 2017 - 12:41 pm

DJ Premier & Miguel – “2 Lovin U” Video

When Miguel started working on his great 2015 album Wildheart, he hit the studio with DJ Premier, formerly one half of Gang Starr and arguably…
Tom Breihan | March 13, 2017 - 11:28 am

DJ Premier & Miguel – “2 Lovin U”

When Miguel was working on his sophomore album, 2015's great Wildheart, he recorded one track with DJ Premier, formerly half of Gang Starr and one…
Tom Breihan | February 21, 2017 - 9:19 am

Hear DJ Premier Sample South Park On A Remix Of Desiigner’s “Tiimmy Turner”

Desiigner's recent single "Tiimmy Turner" referenced one animated TV show in The Fairly OddParents, and a new remix from DJ Premier references a very different…
Peter Helman | August 30, 2016 - 7:41 pm

Yuna – “Places To Go” (Prod. DJ Premier) Video

Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna is in full swing for the release of her forthcoming third LP, Chapters. Her first two albums were excellent, but her profile…
Collin Robinson | March 8, 2016 - 2:52 pm

Hear DJ Premier And Key Wane Remix Kanye West’s A Cappella “I Love Kanye”

Earlier this week, "All Me"/"Partition"/"Amen" producer Key Wane put a beat under Kanye West's The Life Of Pablo a cappella "I Love Kanye." Now boom-bap…
Chris DeVille | February 25, 2016 - 2:31 pm

Yuna – “Places To Go” (Prod. DJ Premier)

Malaysian indie-pop sing-songwriter Yuna hasn't released a full-length album since 2013's Nocturnal, but it was excellent. Her raw, barebones approach to songwriting communicates deep, visceral…
Collin Robinson | February 19, 2016 - 5:11 pm

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “Buckshot” (Feat. KRS-One) (Prod. DJ Premier)

Mere days ago, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis gave us "Spoons," the worst song in the entire history of recorded music. But even after foisting an…
Tom Breihan | February 18, 2016 - 10:57 am

A Lot Of Really Fantastic Artists Agreed To Be On Macklemore’s New Album

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have released the tracklist for their imminent new album This Unruly Mess I've Made, and the guest list is extremely impressive.
Chris DeVille | February 15, 2016 - 12:00 pm

DJ Premier & The Badder – “Bpatter” Video

DJ Premier is one of the greatest rap producers of all time, a sound scientist who always managed to conjure entire orchestras out of crackly…
Tom Breihan | September 8, 2015 - 11:33 am