Celebrate DJ Premier’s Birthday With A 5 Minute Megamix Of His Greatest Hits (Audio)
Today marks the birthday of one of Hip-Hop’s most beloved figures. DJ Premier turns 51 years old on March 21. For nearly 30 years, the Prairie View, Texas native-turned-bona fide New York musician has been making Heads nod, along with causing their faces to scrunch up, and air-scratch with their hands along to hits he laced for Gang Starr, Nas, Biggie Smalls, and so many others.
DJ J. Period is another New York transplant. The California native relocated to the five boroughs in the 2000s much like Preemo, out to get his name up and participate in the music and culture he loves. J has done just that, alongside Black Thought, Q-Tip, Common, and a host of others. Today, in celebrating one of his inspirations, J lays down a five-minute “Respect The DJ” mix that salutes Christopher Martin’s finest work. The two men have rocked many of the same stages, and now one DJ/producer salutes another, in style.
Premiering at Ambrosia For Heads, the series jumps off cutting in and out of P-P-P-Premier jams from Jay Z, Nas, Biggie and more, before getting to a gang of Gang Starr records. Along the way, J. Period weaves in lyrics from so many MCs that shouted out Premier. More than just a mix, this is truly a tribute. The work is assembled to give props to a living legend who gave Rap a distinct rhythm in four different decades. There are some memorable audio quotes from Preemo too. In whole, J. Period shows just how much the Works Of Mart mean to the Hip-Hop and music community.
In a statement to Ambrosia For Heads, J. Period says the following: “New rule: honor thy style fathers. After losing so many of our musical heroes this past year, it’s time to stop waiting until the greats are gone to pay respect. Our new series ‘RESPECT THE DJ’ pays tribute to legendary Hip-Hop DJ/producers who changed the game–and continue to. No better way to kick things off than with a mini-mix tribute to one of the greatest Hip-Hop producers of all-time — DJ Premier — on his 51st birthday.” Additionally, J. Period made this tribute available for free download.
Stay tuned for J. Period’s newest production, RISE UP: Music Inspired by America Divided, featuring Black Thought, Pharoahe Monch, De La Soul’s Posdnuous, Aloe Blacc, Rhymefest, Xzibit and more. Heads can expect that in April.
In 2017, DJ Premier has stated that he plans to release MC Eiht’s Which Way Iz West album (which is executive produced by Preemo on Year Round Records), a sophomore LP from NYG’z, and possibly a second album from PRhyme (his group with Royce 5’9 and Adrian Younge). He also just released a video single with Miguel.