Watch DJ Premier & The Badder Band Recalibrate Classics on 'Tiny Desk Concert'
The legend and his live band perform hip-hop staples from behind the venerable NPR desk
NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert has proven to be both haven for time-tested sounds and discovery tool for those seeking supplementary material for rotations growing stale and predictable.
Today’s installment of the program is an exercise in the former, as DJ Premier and his live group, The Badder Band, step behind the desk for one of the show’s most filled-out performances. Preemo, a 30-year vet and living legend of hip-hop, has been testing out this rosters — comprised Brady Watt on bass, Lenny Reece on drums, and Mark Williams and Jonathan Powell on the horns — stateside and abroad for the better part of his PRhyme era (since 2014 or so.) Here the group recalibrates classics from KRS-One, Nas, Das Efx, Jeru The Damaja, and, of course, his own legendary outfit, Gang Starr (RIP Guru.)
See and hear some of your favorite Golden Era gems like never before in DJ Premier and The Badder Band’s Tiny Desk Concert debut up above. Revisit his collaborative album with Royce Da 5’9″, PRhyme via the link below and hold tight for the next episode.