As a pair of the inarguable best to ever do it, DJ Premier and Pete Rock get mentioned in a lot of the same conversations. Not that one could ever best the other (personal preference is key here,) but it’s hard to list a respectable all-time top 5 without both of these NYC natives somewhere in the ranks.
Recently, Preemo and PR sat with N.O.R.E and the crew on the Drink Champs podcast to discuss their beginnings. For Pete Rock, this includes the moment he met C.L. and the real-life inspiration behind “T.R.O.Y.”. For Preemo, it’s a much deeper tale; the many iterations of Gang Starr before he joined the group (Big Shug’s part in it all,) moving in with Branford Marsalis and Guru in Bed-Stuy and battling the temptations of the time.
Grab a pen and pad and watch the full two-hour interview of DJ Premier and Pete Rock in the clip below. Premier has just released his new single with Miguel “2 LOVIN U,” while Pete Rock and Smoke DZA’s Don’t Smoke Rock enjoyed a late 2016 release. Jump back to hear and see those and hold tight for their next transmission.
Voodoo & Old Donuts.