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DJ Premier

No more than three producers (Dr. Dre, RZA, and Prince Paul) can test DJ Premier's status as the most important trackmaster of the '90s, and no style is more distinctive. Aggressive and raw, a Premier track was an instantly recognizable soundclash of battling loops and heavy scratching -- all of them perfectly timed -- that evoked the sound of Brooklyn better than anyone. Besides helming tracks for his main concern, Gang Starr, since their 1989 debut, Premier's productions appeared on many of the East Coast's most important records: Nas' Illmatic, the Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die, Jay-Z's Reasonable Doubt, Jeru the Damaja's The Sun Rises in the East, and Mos Def's Black on Both Sides.

Premier, born Chris Martin, spent time in Brooklyn and Houston while growing up, and studied computer science at Prairie View A&M outside Houston. Known as Waxmaster C, he'd already learned to play a variety of instruments and also managed a record store. After moving back to Brooklyn, around 1987-1988 he came into contact with Guru, a Boston native. Guru had already formed a group named Gang Starr two years earlier (and recorded with the 45 King), but his former partner, Mike Dee, had returned to Boston. DJ Premier and Guru signed to Wild Pitch and released a debut single ("Manifest") and album (No More Mr. Nice Guy). Gang Starr's interest in melding hip-hop with jazz informed the record, and they were invited to add to the soundtrack for Spike Lee's 1990 film Mo' Better Blues. Their subsequent work was much more mature and unified, with a pair of instant East Coast classics (1991's Step in the Arena and 1992's Daily Operation) arriving in short order.

DJ Premier had been working with other vocalists for years, and his productions for the 1990 landmark Funky Technician by Lord Finesse and DJ Mike Smooth cemented his status as one of the best producers around. He soon began recording exclusively at D&D Studios, a spot soon to become a shrine for hip-hop fans (thanks in large part to his own work). The year 1994 was a huge one for Premier, probably the best year for any rap producer ever; in addition to dropping another Gang Starr classic, Hard to Earn, his productions appeared on five-star, all-time classics by Nas (Illmatic), the Notorious B.I.G. (Ready to Die), and Jeru the Damaja (The Sun Rises in the East), as well as Big Daddy Kane and Branford Marsalis' Buckshot LeFonque project. Though his workload dropped off considerably during the late '90s, he still managed to place tracks on three of the first four Jay-Z albums, and returned in force with the new millennium, including shots with Common, D.I.T.C., D'Angelo, Jadakiss, and Snoop Dogg. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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sback609.sa
One of the greats who left to soon, miss ya
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RIP GURU!!
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Primo...a true Legend. Check out his bars in the booth youtube tracks!!!
R.I.P. Guru.
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THIS GUY NEEDS TO BE ON THE COVER OF THE NEXT DJ HERO GAME
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Dj Premier stay making them fat beats! R.I.P Guru one of the most lyrical rappers! 90's kidd
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DJ Premier is the illest DJ! Love his approach to beatmaking! GURU FOREVER!
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dat b**ch zenaida Leon..(Calle d nikky cuban minaj) annoys the f**k outta me. she puts stupid comments all over pandora. b**ch think she hot or somethin.
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{Bronshae Alexander Pittsburg CA} Sacramento Policemen B-French is trying to Murder Me! Date:12/31/1 4 ! (Today's DATE:1/15/20 1 5 ) President: Barack Oboma! Alexander.Re s u m e 1 @ g m a i l . c o m
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U.N.L.V Small Business Development Center Grad 2010*
Mr.Bronshae La'Ray Alexander™ Owner of; Nevada Professional Jet`Ski Rental inc.™ Year2009* CEO of; Shandozia Entertainmen t Service®Year 2 0 0 4 * Owner of; UFC, MMA, TMC, 2Mil.1987* at S.T.M.B.Chur c h Pittsburg Ca. {Owner of Nuloos inc.™} ((Paperwork Discrepancy? ) ) ~WNBA, NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL~ Universal Studios Hollywood© The Monica & Bronshae Show® & Promos! Year2000* 103.5 The Bomb™ Year2000* K.M.E.L SF© Year1987* The Kid Chris Show® Sacramento 200
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One of the greatest. Can't wait for the album to drop. BK all day
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LISTEN to That GROUP HOME and BRAIN SICK MOBB or BRAIN SICK ENTERPRISE .........The e e e e Dopest!!
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Top 5 producers of ALL Time no Doubt!!!!!!!
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Premo I appreciate it the hard rock boom bap cold hittin beats since the first gang Starr album shoutout to real hip hop peace to u my brother
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=D
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Happy birthday Primo!
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G.O.A.T. period...
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Come on you old heads DJ Premier is def the all time great as far as producing goes but Just Blaze has been the man for 10 plus years. There is no Just Blaze without Primo....but sometimes the student surpasses the teacher!
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Sh!t been listenin to premo since 86, aint no one do it better than premo, better recognize that sh!t fa real, gangstarr n**ga all day
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kik @ the.one.you. f e a r
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his bio is part of guru but yah his bio would be like 20 pages or more ridiculous how prolofic premo is
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Premo is the man! Always has been and always will ! R.I.P. GURU
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Da illest.
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begayjonatha n
The greatest, dead or alive...dre is a far second. He was on illmatic.... . n u f f said.
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liked! d:
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tyannachism2 4
Ch ching is a great rhytem and beat
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tyannachism2 4
He the rapper
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pete 366 how lame are u. Premier would eat any of those dj's up only 1 close is j dilla and premier would eat him fa dinna. Hahaha no bio def. Disrespect. Rip guru
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You need a bio!! That's just plain disrespectfu l to Premier! !
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Second 2 jay dilla for greatest of all time
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akemra
Truth be told you are listening to the Greatest hip hop Producer Of All Times This is Hip Hop! Premier has worked with some of the greatest Mc's of all time BIGGIE, NAS, RAKIM, KRSONE, JAY-Z, COMMON, GURU R.I.P.
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For real tho. Show the man some respect and put a bio in. Dopest beats ever!!!!!!!! !
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Come on Pandora Premier not having a detailed and in depth bio is inexcusable given some of the other no name artists and bands that Yall seem able to display the complete history of!
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No bio?
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Best producer alive. Then and now. Real Of Hip Hop.
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Premier Y'all
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Sorry but premier is too repatitive j dilla,pete rock,nujabes are way better
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Real hip hop
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da1capo
The dopest producers of all time: Premier, RZA & Pete Rock- END OF STORY!
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My top 3 beatmakers,d i l l a , 9 t h , a n d preemooooo!
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It's funny how a Houston n**ga cultivated and shaped NewYork's hiphop sound
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Primo is the best producer in my opinion and my favorite after that is Pete Rock and J Dilla.
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I like a beat you can just kick it two for a few with not a chorus
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I agree about the Bio!!!
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owenw218
Few producers have the talent that Primo has. I can't believe Pandora doesn't have a bio for him, he deserves it more than plenty of others who do have one.
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petebaer
Really. No info on Primo is ridiculous. Period.
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Agreement with all here. Primo is G.O.D.
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Not just one of the best hop hop artists...th e greatest music producer of all time!
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b.stars18
DJ Premiere beats are creative & original. He really is one of the most incredible DJ/Producer of Hip-Hop all time. He's a legend.

It's so ridiculous that Pandora does not have any info on one of the most incredible Hip-Hop artists. Shame!
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How are you not going to have any info on one of the dopest producers alive!!!!??? ? ? ? ?
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THE GREATEST PRODUCER ALL TIME.PERIOD! H A N D S DOWN NOBODY FRESHER THAN PREEMO.
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