DJ Premier Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records

Gang Starr “Credit Is Due” (1991)

DJ Premier: “We always liked to do B-sides. Public Enemy did it, Prince did it all the time, and a lot of New Wave punk bands I liked did a lot of B-sides that weren’t on the album. I just wanted to make something real funky, and I used to love that fucking James Brown sample. That record just sounded ghetto. I’m really into just making that ghetto shit because I like driving to that stuff. I’m like, ‘Yo, if I’m getting the opportunity to learn how to work this equipment, I’m going to make it just the way I like to hear it.’ And since I’m a DJ, I got to have DJ elements in there. I would always have turntable elements in my records even if it was just one scratch.”

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