DJ Premier Made Others’ Albums Great. Now Nas, Snoop & Dre Are There For Preemo. (Video)
In January of this year, it was revealed that Gang Starr’s DJ Premier would step to the front with his solo debut, Last Session @ 320. The forthcoming LP’s title serves as an homage to the West 37th Street address of Midtown Manhattan’s HeadQCourterz Studios—Premier’s resident studio since the early 1990s, when it was D&D Studios. Now in the process of renovating into luxury apartments, the change forced the producer/DJ to relocate HeadQCourterz to Astoria, Queens—miles from the legendary site.
In an interview last month with France’s Hip-Hop 4 Life (as found by OkayPlayer), DJ Premier updated some grabbing details surrounding Last Session @ 320. “We’ve already started on it. It’s dedicated to the history of D&D Studios, which was later named HeadQCourterz Studios, after the homie HeadQCourterz passed [away],” confirmed the Texas-born Hip-Hop luminary after the 11:00 mark. Of guests, he listed the names. “I got Ed Sheeran, I got Nas, I have Snoop [Dogg], I have Christina [Aguilera]—it’s raw. It’s a different album. [It also features] the whole Black Moon, Smif-n-Wessun, Heltah Skeltah.” Since their days as Nervous Records artists, the Boot Camp Clik, as the four groups (joined by Originoo Gun Clappaz) were known maintained a recording room at D&D, as held by Da Beatminerz. Tony Touch and Diggin’ In The Crates (D.I.T.C.) were also storied residents of the lab.
While Premier has extensively worked with Nas, Snoop, and Christina, this is a new foray with B.C.C. and Ed Sheeran.
However, Preemo was not done revealing Last Session @ 320 plans. “I’m working on Eminem; he worked at D&D too.” Eminem’s mentor, who Preemo collaborated with on August’s Compton is also slated to appear. “And I got Dr. Dre on the album.”
Jay Z and Nas are among the artists already filmed for the companion film, of the same name. No release date was provided.
In the rest of the fully-produced 15 minute interview, DJ Premier speaks on his favorite Gang Starr album (Hard To Earn), some little known history behind The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Kick In The Door” not happening.