DJ Premier

“Real DJs always set the trend. We don’t have to be told what’s hot.”

Hometown: Houston, Texas
Labels: Year Round Records

DJ Premier DJ setup with 

DJ Premier

When it comes to DJ Premier, it seems there’s no overstating his legacy. A true cornerstone of hip hop, his untold appearances on “Best Producer” lists confirm his legendary status for die-hard hip hop fiends and universal music fans alike.

Best known as one half of Gang Starr, his gritty, hard-hitting beats spliced with laid back jazz loops and signature scratching became a blueprint for the traditional East Coast sound. Originally from Houston, Primo moved to New York City at 20, going on to produce tracks for a slew of hip-hop’s luminaries including Nas, Jay-Z, Jeru the Damaja and Rakim. Never one to settle, Premier continues to wear his producer hat for the likes of Joey Bada$$, Disclosure and Royce da 5’9”, and after 30 years in the game we see no signs of slipping out of the picture anytime soon.

12” Serato x DJ Premier Pressing (Pair)

Video with Serato

Serato sat down with one of hip hop’s most revered figures to discuss the genesis of GangStarr, musical garbage, and why real DJing will never go away.