DJ Premier Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records

Gang Starr f/ Inspectah Deck “Above The Clouds” (1998)

DJ Premier: “That’s about your mental. I remember we called Inspectah Deck, and he was on the phone with Guru like, ‘Yo, what’s this song about?’ And Guru said, ‘It’s about your mental.’ Just like that. Deck leaned on one part of the control board, and Guru faced the opposite end, and they faced each other with their pads writing their lyrics. I just had the beat running, while I was constructing the intro, because the intro had to be sick. So I was doing that, but looking at them every now and then. And they eventually go, ‘Yo, I’m ready.’ Guru walks in and does his, and when Deck goes in, we’re just like, ‘Jesus Christ.’”

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