DJ Premier Says He & Pete Rock May Be Exclusively Producing De La Soul’s Next Album (Video)
DJ Premier has had one of his busiest years in recent memory. The Gang Starr member released and produced albums by MC Eiht and Torii Wolf. He just followed those efforts with a video collaboration with A$AP Ferg, helping relaunch ’90s Hip-Hop source Payday Records.
Preemo is the latest guest on the Rap Radar Podcast. In a conversation that nears two hours, the producer tells Elliott Wilson and Brian “B.Dot” Miller about some historic events. Premier recalls a heated exchange with Chuck D at a Long Island grocery store over an allegedly called-off lawsuit regarding Biggie’s “10 Crack Commandments” (52:00). He also describes the two living legends patching things up at Jam Master Jay’s wake some years after. Minutes later in the convo, the producer of Jeru The Damaja’s “One Day” discusses being the producer of Biggie’s reply-diss, “Kick In The Door.” In doing so, the producer was asked to leave his D&D Studios enclave and work at Puffy’s Daddy’s House Studios. Preemo also recalls having Cypress Hill, RZA, GZA, Blahzay Blahzay and others at those legendary “frat-style” parties at Gang Starr residences in the ’90s. Never short on details, Preemo gives Elliott and B.Dot some vivid imagery into his wild days, and is also willing to address the estranged years with Guru in the 2000s.
However, this interview is ripe with news. DJ Premier confirms that PRhyme 2 is “done,” his second LP with Royce 5’9. After the duo exclusively sampled the music of Adrian Younge for their 2014 debut, they changed the source for the sequel. PRhyme 2 will find Preemo sampling creations by Antman Wonder. He is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania musician/composer and best known for creating Ode To Reasonable Doubt with Skyzoo in 2013. He also worked with Nickel Nine on “Savages” last year. “[Antman Wonder] personally made new sounds for us,” Premier reveals of the work. He adds that despite the change, Prhyme 2 is a seamless continuation of what fans liked so much three years ago.
Preemo also dropped some more welcomed news. “Me and Pete [Rock] is supposed to be doing De La Soul’s next album, just the two of us,” he says near 1:30:00. “Things are being worked out, but that’ll be fun. ‘Cause that’s competition.” In August of 2014, Dave (fka Trugoy) mentioned the two giants of Hip-Hop sound planning to produce a joint-mixtape with the Native Tongues trio. More than three years later, that project, to be titled Premium Soul On The Rocks, remained on ice. According to Premier, things are now happening. “Pete even played a couple [beats] and was like, ‘These ain’t even my real ones!’ He texted me, [Posdnuos], and Dave. I’m like, ‘You asshole.’ They’re funky, ’cause it’s De La. You know what comes with that. It’s certain artists like that; you just know what comes with that.” Previously, Preemo and Pete had also discussed releasing a “vs.” album from two of Hip-Hop’s most respect producers.
In De La history, Premier made a vocal appearance on 2004’s The Grind Date (“Much More”). Pete Rock appeared vocally and co-produced 2016 video single “Memory Of…(Us)” from the Grammy-nominated and the anonymous nobody… album, featuring Estelle. He also produced them on InI member Rob-O’s Rhyme Pro LP (“Stay Away”).
In the closing minutes of the chat, DJ Premier also confirms he recently made two beats for Nas at Mass Appeal Studios. However, he says that his “Nas Is Like” partner has yet to cut vocals, due to touring. At the top of the interview, Preemo admits that he’s pursuing OutKast’s Andre 3000 for a one-off song. Of the artists he wants to work with, the Grammy winner says, “I want to work with DMX, I want to work with Ghostface [Killah], I want to work with Mary J. Blige—I want to do her whole album. If she lets me do her whole album, it’ll be a classic. Hands down. It’ll be a classic. Jill Scott, I can make a classic. Erykah Badu, I can make a classic. But they’ve got to let me do it. I will make a classic.” He adds that he’d play the same role No I.D. has with JAY-Z. “I’d like to do a whole JAY-Z album. Word. ‘Let me get my 4:44, Hov!'” The artist who has worked with Jay since 1994 (see: Big Daddy Kane’s “Show & Prove”) opines on a recent album debate on Rap Radar Podcast involving JAY-Z’s participation. “Dynasty over Black Album,” ranks Preemo, who did not work on the 2000 or 2003 LPs. He qualifies, “I like what I like, and I know my ears ain’t f*cked up.”
DJ Premier states that he “loves” Migos’ “Bad And Boujee” as well as “T-Shirt.” He says he would very much like to work with the Grammy-nominated Atlanta trio. Preemo does not give a release date to the project with De La Soul and Pete Rock or PRhyme 2. He says that sophomore LP by Year Round Records’ NYG’z is also coming soon.