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Everyone's got a favourite DJ Premier beat. Whether they're the bedrock of Nas' portrayal of the underworld or Guru's vision of the unharnessed power of the universal unconscious, some of the finest MCs to have ever graced a mic have spat deep lyrics over a flipped break from Primo's crates...

Now time has proved that DJ Premier defined an era, when beatmakers and MCs had something to say. Primo's tracks in themselves are masterpieces in honesty - direct statements carrying the messages of MCs like Biggie, Rakim, or Mos Def.

“That’s really where it all lies," says DJ Premier. "A lot of the artists from my era, or even the '80s that came before me, feel like they’ve got to keep up with what the youngsters are doing and do that style, but that style doesn’t work for us. We need to keep doing the traditional style because our audience that grew up with us wants more of that.”


Listen to a 2009 live mix of New York City’s Beats-Buddha from Ontario’s Revival on Red Bull Music Academy Radio:



Nas - Nas Is Like - Columbia
Group Home - Living Proof - Payday
Common - The 6th Sense - MCA
Capone & Noreaga - Invincible - Tommy Boy
Royce Da 5'9" - Boom - Game
Unknown - Time - White
Fat Joe - Shit Iz Real - Relativity
Nas - NY State Of Mind - Columbia
KRS One - Unknown - White
Jay Z - Unknown - White
Notorious B.I.G. - Unbelievable - Bad Boy
Notorious B.I.G. - Unknown - White
Gang Starr - Full Clip - Noo Trybe
Gang Starr - Now You're Mine - Virgin
Gang Starr - Hard Work - White
Gang Starr - Just To Get A Rep - Virgin
Gang Starr feat. Big Shug, Freddie Foxx - The Militia - Cooltempo

Bonus Tracks:

Gang Starr - The ? Remains - Virgin
Jaz-O & The Immobilarie - Love Is Gone - D Records
Bahamadia - True Honey Buns (Dat Freak Shit) - Chrysalis
KRS-One - Higher Level - Jive
Show & A.G. - Next Level - Payday
Nas - Represent - Columbia
Gang Starr - All 4 Tha Ca$h - Virgin
Too Short - In the Trunk (temix) - Jive
Devin The Dude - Doobie Ashtray - Rap-A-Lot


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