DJ Premier’s 1st Fully-Produced Album Since PRhyme Is A Radical Departure. Meet Torii Wolf (Video)
Over the course of his 30 years in music, DJ Premier has been one of the most respected names in Hip-Hop. The iconic DJ and producer has worked with countless revered artists, including Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z, Kanye West, Common, Mos Def, Dr. Dre and more, always adding to their lore. And, of course, his work as part of the iconic duo Gang Starr is some of the most celebrated in all of music.
Not one to rest on his prodigious laurels, Preemo always has been one to push the boundaries. Throughout his career, he has stepped out of Hip-Hop to work with artists in other genres. In the 90s, he produced for artists like D’Angelo, Janet Jackson and Macy Gray. In the 00s, he crafted music with Limp Bizkit, Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera, among others, nabbing a Grammy for the latter. Recently, he has teamed with Disclosure, Yuna and new sensation, Anderson .Paak. It is perhaps his latest collaboration, however, that qualifies as his boldest move, yet.
For the first time since PRhyme and for only the 5th person ever, aside from his own groups of Gang Starr and PRhyme, Premier is producing an entire album for an artist. In fact, Torii Wolf, a singer-songwriter from Long Island, NY has the distinction of being the first non-Hip-Hop artist ever to work together on a full album with DJ Premier. In describing Wolf’s style, Preemo told Pitchfork, who premiered Wolf’s new video for “1st,” ““Torii has such a weird, wicked style. It’s just very left field—reminiscent of a Bjork or something like that. She is so unique and versatile; she writes, sings and is an accomplished guitarist and drummer. But image-wise, there is no comparison. Subject-wise, Torii is in a whole different place.”
Torii’s bold video for “1st” supports Premier’s assessment. The emotionally-charged visuals, which are shot in both black and white and color, to depict past and present, respectively, depict the ill-fated arc of a relationship between Wolf and the woman she loves. Closely following the narrative of the song, the video is a powerful introduction to the artist.