Preemo calls upon the powers of the Beard Gang General, Jakk Frost. Session numero tres in Dj Premier’s Bars In The Booth series has the Philly veteran MC crushing some classic production from the Gang Starr OG.
“I get away with murder like I drive a white bronco”……..whelp……
DJ Premier has launched his new website (www.premierwuzhere) and has also launched a new campaign that he’s calling “Bars In The Booth”. A series where he will invite capable emcees to the studio to get in the booth and spit over a track provided by himself. The first release from the project featured Papoose and was subsequently not featured on here due to my strict “NO PAPOOSE, EVER” policy. Sorry people, rules is rules. However, for the second release from the series Preemo called in the one and only, Dres from Black Sheep to rock the mic. Prem brings the best out of emcees.
“When the King has no clothes/you peep the fallacy/If they are great big stars/I’m a tiny galaxy” – Dres!
Hard To Earn to this day remains my favorite Gang Starr album. I remember the day I bought it, I remember the day I saw the video for “Mass Appeal” on Video Box. I lost my mind when I first heard Premier’s now infamous loop of 3 short seconds from a Vic Juris track. Guru does what Guru did best vocally and the end result was a classic above all other classic. One of my favorite live hip-hop moments, and I have a ton of them, is seeing Gang Starr live with Freddie Foxx, Big Shug, and M.O.P. When they performed “The Militia” it was wild on stage. Freddie Foxxx drops one of the livest verses in rap music history. As a matter of fact, I might make next week Freddie Foxxx week and put up a joint from him every day. One of hip-hops unsung heroes……
GANG STARR – JAZZ THING
Today marks what would have been Guru, aka Keith Elam’s, 51st birthday. Here is a short list of my favorite Guru/Gang Starr tracks.
GANG STARR – TAKE IT PERSONAL
GANG STARR – MASS APPEAL
GANG STARR – EX TO THE NEXT
GURU – LOUNGIN’ [FEAT DONALD BYRD]
GANG STARR – MILITIA [FEAT FREDDIE FOXXX & BIG SHUG]
GANG STARR – ABOVE THE CLOUDS
GURU – GUIDANCE [FEAT AMEL LARRIEUX]
GANG STARR – NOW YOU’RE MINE
If anyone other than Guru was ever going to rhyme over Premo beats, then it would have to be Bumpy Knucks. Word to Solaar, Bumpy Knuckles don’t forget son……one man you don’t want to have as an enemy.
’92 was one a hell of a year in Hip-Hop. Gang Starr’s third album, Daily Operation, dropped and introduced a couple of emcees named Lil Dap and Jeru The Damaja on track “I’m The Man”. Classic Primo production and each emcee does their own thing respectively…..Jeru dropping the best verse in my opinion.