From old school to new school, DJ Premier’s (aka Premo) music production has lasted the test of time. His beats are the very essence of what Hip-Hop is all about. In no particular order, here are 20 of the best DJ Premier beats.
1. Blaq Poet ft. N.O.R.E – Hate
2. Pitch Black – It’s All Real
3. Notorious BIG – Kick In The Door
4. Nas – Nas Is Like
5. Craig David ft. Mos Def & Nate Dogg – 7 Days Remix
6. Gang Starr ft. Big Shug & Freddie Foxxx – The Militia
7. Gang Starr – Skills
8. Gang Starr ft. Jadakiss – Rite Where You Stand
9. Gang Starr – You Know My Steez
10. Jay-Z – A Million And One Questions
11. Jay-Z – D’Evils
12. Jay-Z – Bring It On
13. Jeru The Damaja – Come Clean
14. Nas – Come Get Me
15. Nas – Memory Lane
16. Nas – 2nd Childhood
17. Nas – New York State Of Mind
18. Rakim – When I B On Tha Mic
19. Royce Da 5’9 – Boom
20. The LOX – Recognize
Did You Know?
- DJ Premier’s signature sound is utilizing a combination of samples from jazz, funk and soul music.
- DJ Premier cites Marley Marl, DJ and record producer, as being his number one influence.
- He’s one half of Gang Starr, along with the late rapper Guru (R.I.P).
- Has produced for old school underground acts such as Jeru The Damaja, as well as the biggest names in Hip-Hop including Nas and Jay-Z.
- Rolling Stone magazine has recognized DJ Premier as being arguably the greatest hip-hop producers ever.
- On About.com’s Top 50 Hip-Hop Producers list, DJ Premier ranks at number one.
- He also appears on The Source magazines Top 20 Greatest Producers list.
- Made it to the finals on Vibe magazine’s greatest producer in hip-hop of all time.
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