DJ Premier Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records

Gang Starr “Battle” (2002)

DJ Premier: “Eminem reached out and asked us to be on the 8 Mile soundtrack. We were grateful. We already saw the footage that they gave us to look at, the battle scene coordinated by Craig G and everybody. So we were like, ‘Oh, okay. That’s perfect.’ I love that record, and the cut is crazy. I was purposely stopping the cut like, ‘Yo, man, how, much, money, you, got.’ I did that to make it catch. DJs who are purists know. They’ll be like, ‘Ooh, he’s stopping it.’ Doing that on beat, and trying to catch it, DJs know I killed it. Regular people who listen won’t know.”

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