DJ Premier may be from what young hip-hop listeners would now consider the old school, but he wouldnt remain one of the most revered producers more than twenty years into his career if he didnt know how to adapt to the cultures evolving landscape. Preems revered ear is for more than samples; hes got an ear for the new generations rising talent, as well. In a recent interview with the legendary hip-hop architect he revealed to XXLMag.com that he hopes to work with rising stars J. Cole and Drake.
I saw Drake at the Yankee Stadium [concert with Jay-Z and Eminem for their Home & Home Tour] and he [was] just like bowing and all that, recalled the beatsmith. Im like, Nah you aint gotta do that, man. And hes like, Dude, I wanna work with you. And I was like, Dude, I wanna work with you.
As far as Premo is concerned, Drizzy has earned respect for his skills with the pen blackberry. He brought lyricism back, he said of the Toronto-native. For a 22-year-old man, he brought lyricism back. When [Gang Starr's] Step In The Arena came out, I was 22-years-old. And I just thought about it, I was like, Damn, I was a youngster. I wasnt 30, 31. I was 22 and coming with heat. And thats why I like that hes bringing stuff back.
The Roc Nation MC is also on Preems radar. J. Cole, I like that hes bringing lyrics back, he added.
Never hesitant to drop knowledge about hip-hop history, the innovator then added, Everything doesnt have to be super, over-lyrical, but we do pride ourselves on cats that can spit, because [rap music] was always a competition about who got the dopest rhymes.
The hip-hop icon is currently gearing up for the release of DJ Premier Presents Year Round Records: Get Used To Us. The compilation, which features appearances by Styles P, Saigon, Royce Da 5′9″, Joell Ortiz, and Grand Puba, among others, is set to drop on December 7. Adam Fleischer
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