Last Saturday, I linked to a pretty awesome, in-depth feature on DJ Premier by the folks at Complex. They sat down with the living hip-hop legend to have him explain the stories behind 38 of his finest beats, from tracks with Gang Starr to his most recent work with Royce Da 5’9″.
And it turns out that Premo wasn’t done revealing information about his career as Complex just released a series of outtakes from the interview. He provided some insight into his work with Mobb Deep, Rakim, and Bahamadia along with his relationship with Statik Selektah, among other topics.
Read the piece about Mobb Deep below and head to Complex for the rest.
“Large Professor was working with them, then he trickled them down to me. They were little guys, 16 years old [at the time]. I went out to Long Island to link up with them. I remember we got pulled over by the cops on the highway and we were dirty, we had stuff in the car. And we thought we were going to go to jail, but they just let us go. Ironically, we just did a record called ‘Cop Hell’ which didn’t come out because that’s around when Ice-T’s ‘Cop Killer’ kicked in. The label wasn’t trying to hear it, so we had to dead that. We didn’t work together after that, but it was more so a timing thing. I actually broke ‘Shook Ones (Part II)’ because I used to be on WBLS. Mobb Deep brought it to me personally. I heard that record and I was like, ‘Oh, my God, I’m going into this.’ I broke it right after commercials. Hav was making beats back then and they were ghetto. They were very elementary, but you could tell Havoc was on his way. They were very hardcore and his music was designed for Mobb Deep to spit on it. That’s what I like about Havoc: He made beats that just sounded like Mobb Deep. He just had so much color in his beats. I’m a big fan of him.”