Apathy & Celph Titled – Stop What Ya Doin
Royce Da 5′9″ – Writer’s Block f. Eminem (DJ Premier Remix)
These two excellent tracks leaked this week and got me thinking; Premier is revered as a treasure of rap’s golden age in the 90s, where he created classics with Nas, Bigger, Jay, Jeru, and of course Gang Starr, among many others, the man has never actually stopped creating his vintage boombap. Still in high demand over 20 years deep in his career he’s working with everybody from Kanye to Shady and still has his eye on talented emcees and NY staples dwelling slightly below the surface. There are few who manage this type of longevity with their signature sound, especially in a time where labels seem keen on reaching out to the hot producer of the moment. So in honor of Premier’s more than impressive discography and to underline the fact that more than a decade after his supposed prime, he’s still playing the game on an admirable level, TRU proudly presents DJ Premier’s 10 Greatest Hits Of The Naughts.
Royce Da 5’9” – Boom
MOP – Follow Instructions
DITC – Thick
Royce Da 5’9” – Hip-Hop
AZ – The Come Up
Jadakiss – None of Y’all Betta (feat. Sheek & Styles)
Ol’Dirty Bastard – Pop Shots
Royce Da 5’9” – Shake This
Gang Starr feat. Jadakiss – Rite Where U Stand
PS: If this makes one thing clear it’s that both Jadakiss and Royce should really do a full length project with Premier. You can’t deny it, it’s science! See? We have a list and everything!
PPS: Feel free to drop your own favorites in the comments!