March 21, 1966 – DJ Premier is undoubtedly some of the proficient turntablists/producers to ever do it. Born Christopher Edward Martin in Houston, Texas, Preemo and his household quickly settled in Prairie View the place he attended Prairie View A&M University. In reality, he was nonetheless technically a university scholar when “Words I Manifest” — the primary Gang Starr single — was launched in 1989.
Armed with an ironclad work ethic, Preemo finally relocated to Brooklyn and steadily rose to prominence as one half of the legendary Hip Hop duo. Along with the late Guru, Preemo pumped out six official studio albums beneath the Gang Starr moniker, together with 1994’s Hard To Earn and 1998’s Moment Of Truth.
Over the course of Preemo’s illustrious profession, he’s crafted beats for numerous artists — from Anderson .Paak, Mobb Deep and Big Daddy Kane to Big L, The Notorious B.I.G. and JAY-Z.
In 2017, the 52-year-old Hip Hop vet teamed up with MC Eiht for the Compton’s Most Wanted OG’s Which Way Iz West album and final yr, he reunited with Royce Da 5’9 for PRhyme 2. Most not too long ago, De La Soul’s Maseo confirmed with RealStreetRadio Premier and Pete Rock are engaged on two new albums with the group — a follow-up to 2016’s And The Anonymous Nobody and a 3rd installment of the Art Official Intelligence collection.
Simply put, Preemo stays working.
Due to his deep information of all types of music, Preemo’s innate capability to meld funk, soul and jazz into Hip Hop magic has at all times been his forte. He’ll additionally pattern an artist’s previous music to create a brand new observe for a similar artist.
As a consequence, he’s laid the groundwork for a lot of to observe in his footsteps. In a 2017 interview with RAPstation, Statik Selektah spoke about his admiration for the beat magician.
“People at all times ask me if I like DJing or producing extra, however the most effective factor is DJing whereas I’m taking part in a music I produced, so doing my radio present is ideal for that,” he stated. “The complete motive I began DJIng is I heard DJ Premier taking part in songs he produced in 1995 on Hot 97.
“I used to be like, ‘Yo this dude is scratching the information he simply produced that ain’t even out but.’ I used to be like, ‘This is what I need to do’ and I actually adopted that path.”
As Preemo continues to paved the way, RealStreetRadio needs him a really blissful birthday. You know his steez.