DJ Premier

Real Name:
Christopher Edward Martin
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Born: March 21, 1966, Houston, Texas

DJ Premier, best known for being one half of the rap duo Gang Starr, is also a DJ and record producer. DJ Premier has produced almost all of Gang Starr's tracks as well as tracks for many other groups and solo artists since the 1990s. He has produced tracks for such artists as Jay-Z, Big L, Notorious B.I.G., Nas, M.O.P., Jeru The Damaja, KRS-One and Mos Def. DJ Premier's style of production is considered "underground" Hip-Hop or "alternative" Hip-Hop. He is known for sampling Jazz artists, as well as sampling an artist's past work, when he is creating a new track for that same artist. Further he is known for combining small vocal portions from multiple artists to make one hook on a track he is producing. This creative technique has made him one of the most sought after producers in Hip-Hop. DJ Premier's name refers to his claim to be the first and the best in his style. His original stage name was Wax-Master C, the "C" coming from his real name.

Premier also founded his own Year Round Incorporated label.
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DJ Premier Discography Tracks

Albums

YRR-BTCD-0001 DJ Premier - Beats That Collected Dust Vol. 1 album art DJ Premier Beats That Collected Dust Vol. 1(LP) Year Round Incorporated YRR-BTCD-0001 US 2008 Sell This Version
YRRBTCD0002LP DJ Premier - Beats That Collected Dust Vol.2 album art DJ Premier Beats That Collected Dust Vol.2(LP, Album) Year Round Incorporated YRRBTCD0002LP US 2011 Sell This Version
DJ Premier - KoleXXXion album art DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles - KoleXXXion (Album) Gracie Productions US 2012 Sell This Version
none DJ Premier - NBA 2K16 Boombox Set album art DJ Premier, DJ Khaled, DJ Mustard DJ Premier, DJ Khaled, DJ Mustard - NBA 2K16 Boombox Set(4xCass, Mixtape + Box, Ltd, Promo) 2K Games none US 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

AIJT 5091 DJ Premier - Set Me Free album art Pushim Feat. DJ Premier Pushim Feat. DJ Premier - Set Me Free(12") SMEJ Associated Records AIJT 5091 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
DJ Premier - Coke Dj-culture album art DJ Premier Coke Dj-culture (Single) Coke Dj-culture, KLB Records Germany 2004 Sell This Version
none DJ Premier - Rival Serato Pack album art DJ Premier & DJ Am DJ Premier & DJ Am - Rival Serato Pack(12", Ltd, Promo) Serato Pressings none US 2010 Sell This Version
SCV-SP-034 DJ Premier - Official Serato Control Vinyl  album art DJ Premier Official Serato Control Vinyl (2x12", Pic, Ltd) Serato Pressings SCV-SP-034 US 2014 Sell This Version
CDR-SI-002 DJ Premier - Instrumental World V.39: DJ Premier Edition album art DJ Premier Instrumental World V.39: DJ Premier Edition(3x12") Cutting Deep Records CDR-SI-002 Spain Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

BFI-CD-800201 DJ Premier - Rare Play Volume One album art DJ Premier Rare Play Volume One(CD, Comp) Bare Fist Recordings (2) BFI-CD-800201 US 2008 Sell This Version
BFI-CD-800202 DJ Premier - Rare Play Volume II album art DJ Premier Rare Play Volume II(CD, Comp) Bare Fist Recordings (2) BFI-CD-800202 US 2009 Sell This Version
none DJ Premier - B.I.G. Over Premier album art B.I.G.* Over Premier* B.I.G.* Over Premier* - B.I.G. Over Premier(CDr, Comp, Mixed) Not On Label none US 2013 Sell This Version
TDR0015 DJ Premier - Unreleased Instrumentals Volumes 1+2 album art DJ Premier Unreleased Instrumentals Volumes 1+2(30xFile, MP3, Comp, RE, RM, 320) Takara Digital Records TDR0015 Japan 2017
TDR0018 DJ Premier - Unreleased Instrumentals Volumes 3+4 album art DJ Premier Unreleased Instrumentals Volumes 3+4(27xFile, MP3, Comp, RE, RM, 320) Takara Digital Records TDR0018 Japan 2017
none DJ Premier - Greatest Hits Pt. 2 album art DJ Premier Greatest Hits Pt. 2(CDr, Comp, Promo) Not On Label none US Unknown Sell This Version
none DJ Premier - Pre-Matic album art Blend Bullies Present Nasty Nas* & DJ Premier Blend Bullies Present Nasty Nas* & DJ Premier - Pre-Matic(CDr, Comp, Mixed) Noize Mob none Unknown Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

DJ Premier - Crooklyn Cuts Vol. III (Tape B) album art DJ Premier Crooklyn Cuts Vol. III (Tape B) (Comp) Tape Kingz US 1996 Sell This Version
DJ Premier - Crooklyn Cuts Vol. III (Tape A) album art DJ Premier Crooklyn Cuts Vol. III (Tape A) Tape Kingz, Passe Passe US 1996 Sell This Version
DJ Premier - 5 Deadly Venoms Of Brooklyn album art Tony Touch, DJ Premier, DJ Evil Dee*, P.F. Cuttin', Mister Cee Tony Touch, DJ Premier, DJ Evil Dee*, P.F. Cuttin', Mister Cee - 5 Deadly Venoms Of Brooklyn Tape Kingz, Passe Passe Germany 1997 Sell This Version
DJ Premier - Crooklyn Cuts Volume III (Tape C) album art DJ Premier Crooklyn Cuts Volume III (Tape C) Tape Kingz US 1997 Sell This Version
DJ Premier - New York Reality Check 101 album art DJ Premier New York Reality Check 101 (Comp) Payday, FFRR US 1997 Sell This Version
DJ Premier - Crooklyn Cuts Vol. III (Tape D) album art DJ Premier Crooklyn Cuts Vol. III (Tape D) Tape Kingz US 1997 Sell This Version
none DJ Premier - Inflammable album art DJ Premier Inflammable(Cass, Mixed, Mixtape) Not On Label (DJ Premier) none US 1997 Sell This Version
SMM 499887-2 DJ Premier - Collectif Rap III - Toutes Les Familles Du Rap Français album art DJ Premier Collectif Rap III - Toutes Les Familles Du Rap Français(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Sony Music Media SMM 499887-2 France 2000 Sell This Version
none DJ Premier - Bootleg Volume A album art DJ Premier Bootleg Volume A(Cass, Mixed) MasterTapes none Germany 2001 Sell This Version

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soulkings

soulkings

May 17, 2018
edited 3 months ago
This guy was one of the leading producers of the early to mid 90s underground hip hop scene. A key figure defining the Hip Hop sound of the Boom Bap era. I guess out of respect there is no comment here, as everybody who was there knows it.

During the golden era, his infectious production made people follow Hip Hop all over the world. When Hip Hop became a commercial success and a mass phenomenon, Premier stayed true to the culture and did not sell out.

He fell "out of fashion" for a wicked reason: In the mid to late 90s, many second rate producers wanted their beats to sound like a Premier joint. Outcome: The style got over used, but at the same time cemented Premier's status as an influencial legend.

Step in the Arena (1990), Daily Operation (1992) and Hard to Earn (early 1994) as well as Jeru's The Sun Rises in the East (1994) and Group Home's Livin' Proof (1995) are all completely produced by Premier, highly consistent and considered first rate classics of the so called golden era.

All 12" singles of these LPs are worth finding, especially those from the single LPs (1990) & (1992) as they sound so much better than the LP cuts.

These LPs represent a different time and mind set aiming at the Hip Hop headz and culture not necessarily having the mass market in mind.

Premier produced the best tracks on  Illmatic (1994). "Represent" and "N.Y. State of Mind".

Other key 12"s worth mentioning:

Gang Starr - DJ Premier In Deep Concentration (1989).

Show & A.G. - Next Level (Nyte Time Mix) (1994).

Big Daddy Kane - Show and Prove (1994).

Return Of The Crooklyn Dodgers (1995).

KRS ONE ‎– MC's Act Like They Don't Know (1995).

Blahzay Blahzay - Danger (Remix) (1995).

Bahamadia - 3 Tha Hard Way (1996).

The Notorious B.I.G. – 10 Crack Commandments (1997 / Promo 1999).

O.C. - My World (1997).

Paula Perry ‎– Extra, Extra (1998).

In fact, there are at least 50 more classic joints. He was not the only dope producer of the 90s, other NY heavy weights including Pete Rock, Lord Finesse, Diamond D, Showbiz, Buckwild, Large Professor, RZA, Prince Paul, Ced Gee and Beatminerz come to mind, but without him, it is save to say that the world of Hip Hop would have looked much different. By the way, a really dope DJ as well (mixtape and party). 

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