DJ Premier has blessed countless MCs with peerless beats. What would Jay-Z, Nas or Biggie be without the Primo beats for tracks like "D'Evils," "Nas Is Like," or "Ten Crack Commandments"? Then, of course, there are the classic cuts he produced for Guru to rhyme over for Gang Starr. Sadly, Guru passed last year, but Primo continues to DJ and produce, keeping heads nodding and jaws dropping at his turntable trickery. No one can assemble a complex chorus from sampled snippets quite like Preem. Each time he drops a needle, history is made. Witness some Thursday at the New Parish in Oakland.

DJ Premier
Thursday, Feb. 17
9:30 p.m.
The New Parish
579 18th St., Oakland, Calif.
Tickets $25