DJ Premier’s HeadQCourterz / D&D Studios To Become Luxury Apartments?

For 30 years, D&D Studios has been a destination recording studio in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Encased above 320 37th Street, the lab has been a longtime home to Gang Starr’s DJ Premier, who co-owns the studio today, re-named HeadQCourterz in honor of Gang Starr’s slain friend.


A report from the DJ Premier Blog (an unofficial, but closely-associated site of the producer/DJ) claims that HeadQCourterz is closing its doors. Per the report, the Garment District building has a new owner, and plans to be re-purposed as Manhattan luxury apartments.

For two-thirds of D&D’s history, it has been a Hip-Hop enclave. Da Beatminerz, EZ-Elpee, Lord Finesse, Diamond D, Buckwild, Tony Touch, and Showbiz—who maintains a room at the lab have all been producers in residence. The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Mos Def, Jay Z, Big Pun, Big L, Snoop Dogg, Gang Starr, Jeru The Damaja, M.O.P., Bumpy Knuckles, Slaughterhouse and Afu-Ra are among the artists who record here. DJ Premier & Royce Da 5’9″‘s PRhyme was also made in this studio. Leather couches, a pool table, and Philly blunt vending machine are among the studio’s legendary artifacts.

Per the report, HeadQCourterz will remain in operation through the end of the year.