DJ Premier Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records

Fat Joe “Dat Gangsta Shit” (1998)

DJ Premier: “Joe and I go way back. Him and Guru were very close too. This is when we were living in the Bronx. That’s a turntable record. It’s fun; it’s a simple beat, nothing crazy. It gave him room to rhyme. That’s why some of my turntable records are more stripped down and raw. It gives you the ability to rhyme because it doesn’t smother you out. If you’re going to do another cut on the album you can do some experimentation, but green wise, you’re going to put some cactus and nothing else.”

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