Stream More Than 6 Hours Of DJ Premier’s Mid-’90s Radio Show (Mix)
Between Gang Starr’s 1994 album Hard To Earn and 1998’s Moment Of Truth, Guru and DJ Premier still stayed incredibly busy. Together, the band-mates would produce enduring albums by proteges Jeru The Damaja, Group Home, and Bahamadia. Guru would release a second volume of Jazzmatazz, while Preemo would provide iconic sounds for would-be superstars The Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z, and Nas—in addition to others. Also in this time, the current host/DJ of Live From The HeadQCourterz made his first foray into radio.
DJ Premier hosted the “Thunder Storm Radio Show” Friday nights (circa 1992-1995) on New York’s 107.5 WBLS. The same iconic FM frequency that distributed the voice and selections of Frankie Crocker, Mr. Magic, and DJ Marley Marl was behind Works Of Mart during his rise to become, arguably, Hip-Hop’s top producer. There, the “thunderstorm” struck lightning, with the Gang Starr DJ/producer flexing his chops on the radio dial.
Random Rap Radio shared six volumes of one-hour mixes from Premier’s later years on the show. The quality is strong, and the moments feel like time-capsules to some of Rap’s ruggedest, and most hardcore eras. Notably, Preemo shows his love of West Coast, Down South, and Bay area Hip-Hop, while spinning for the hometown—while much of the Rap industry was divided. These preserved mixes speak to the sound-selector’s tastes, and versatility.
Black Moon (an apparent personal favorite), Fat Joe, Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs, M.O.P., The Lady Of Rage, Warren G & Nate Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan, Jeru, Jayo Felony, Biggie, Smif-N-Wessun, and Jigga are just some of the artists that Premier dropped a needle on (and cut up).
Dive in, and hear things you’ll never hear elsewhere. Time travel with a musical mastermind who’s working just as hard in ’15 as he was in ’95: