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Watch DJ Premier Discuss How Travis Scott’s Family Influenced His Production Style

DJ Premier is behind some of the most important beats in hip-hop history, having produced for Nas, KRS-One, The Notorious B.I.G., D’Angelo, and countless other artists. In a recent interview Premo revealed some of the people that contributed significantly to his musical foundation and they just so happen to be related to Travis Scott.

WATCH: DJ Premier Recount How D’Angelo’s “Devil’s Pie” Was Created

During an appearance on the Rap Radar Podcast, Premier discussed being a kid in Texas and how Scott’s father and uncle, Jack and Travis, respectively, taught him how to play drums and bass, as well as how to ride motorcycles.

“I knew how to play drums because Travis Scott’s dad was one of my OGs when I was a kid in Texas,” the producer said. “I used to ride mini-bikes and I was into motorcycles real heavy, into dirt bikes, and he taught me how to ride.”

“As I got older, like a teenager, Jack and Travis was always playing drums and bass in the house and they taught me how to play drums and bass,” Premo continued. “Travis, which is Travis Scott’s uncle, taught me bass, and Jack taught me drums. That’s a lot that has something to do with my production style to this day.”

But the Premier and Scott connection does not end there. Turns out Scott’s grandmother also taught Premo English.

“Their mom was my English teacher, and she’s one of the flyest people in my neighborhood to this day. Ms. Webster, man,” Premier said.

A month ago Premier talked about how the beat for D’Angelo’s “Devil’s Pie” came to be, with the beat originally being for Canibus but ultimately ending up in the hands of the soul singer.

“I was leaving [the studio] and my phone just happened to ring,” Premier remembers. “Just, on the humble, it was D. He was like ‘Yo, what you doing?’ I said, ‘I’m just leaving the studio with Canibus. We were working on something but the track didn’t work out.’ He goes, ‘Can I hear it?’ I said, ‘Yeah. It’s just a bass line, though, not a lot of stuff happening.’ I went over there, played it, and he just starts going, ‘Yo! I want this.'”

Elijah C. Watson

Elijah Watson serves as Okayplayer's News & Culture Editor. When he's not writing he's listening to Sade and crying or watching My Hero Academia with his partner.

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