Two of hip hop's most respected artists, rapper Royce Da 5'9" and producer DJ Premier are leading the way with their latest project, PRhyme. Individually they both have long been established in hip-hop culture and are now fulfilling their artistic destiny.
DJ Premier has been producing bangers since his Gang Starr days and now 30 years on he is still delivering the goods. Esh from IBMCs managed to catch up with the legendary DJ Premier in advance of his show in association with the Doctor's Orders at Plan B on Thur 28th Feb. Its all set to be a stellar night with Statik Selektah, DJ No Names, Mr Thing, Spin Doctor and Skillit on the bill as well. Read on to find out what DJ Premier had to say...
Blaq Poet, a Queensbridge, NY native, first made a name for himself in 1987, entering his name into the legendary battle of Queens vs. The Bronx with his song "Beat You Down", a scathing attack on KRS-One. Later, honoring a dead friend and namesake, he formed the hardcore rap group Screwball, comprised of other QB spitters Hostyle, Solo, and Poet’s cousin KL.
Blaq Poet, who is readying the spring release of his new album, Tha Blaqprint, is heading across the Atlantic with friend and long-time collaborator, DJ Premier for a special string of European performances. The tour, which kicks off on March 20th, will be making stops in seven European cities over nine days.
Coming up under the wing of Task Force can never be a bad thing. First appearing in 2002 on the ‘Mud Fam EP’ and then again in 2003 on ‘Music From The Corner Volume 2’, Ramson Badbonez has had a good start in UK rap life. Along with DJ Harry Love he now brings us an epic collection of verses and concepts over a load of beats from the greats (Premier, RZA, 9th Wonder, Alchemist, Madlib and more).
The highly anticipated second solo album from Brooklyn's independent hip-hop kingpin Ill Bill is finally scheduled for release on the Uncle Howie / Fat Beats label. The former Non Phixion standout and current La Coka Nostra riot-starter has surgically crafted the very album the hip-hop world has been missing and craving for far too long.
Sky is blue like a pig's eye / Birds chirp like a lady that just got raped by ten guys / Nigga's die over rumors and lies / What a beautiful day. – Ali Vegas age 6. It was these prolific words from the mouth of a six year old, that prompted Tosha to put his young cousin's words on a t-shirt, documenting the first rhyme of an artist who would, one day, come to be known as one of hip-hop's lyrical legends.
Little Vic became involved with music at a young age, laying tracks in the studio with his Uncle Paulie, Big KO, and his cousin John. John who became DJ John John, now works closely with major music forces such as Shadyville Entertainment and is known on the New York music scene for his explosive mix tapes, often featuring tracks and freestyles from Little Vic.