Album: Hard to Earn
Label: Chrysalis/EMI

Hip-hop detractors who denigrate the practice of sampling as mindless mimicry would do well to examine what Premo does with the simple string figure lifted from Monk Higgins' "Little Green Apples." By accelerating the tempo and adding a snapping snare and a few bass notes the master beatsmith transforms something light and sweet into 100% pure menace. This is what's meant by flipping a sample. It's more a feat of imagination than of imitation. Throw in a bit of hands-on turntable scratching and voila three and half minutes of sonic perfection. —Rob Kenner