Legendary hip hop producer DJ Premier, famed for his place alongside Guru in Gang Starr, has released a mix to commemorate the death English impresario Malcolm McLaren. McLaren, who died two years ago this month, is best know for managing the Sex Pistols and the New York Dolls, but he is also an important figure in the history of hip hop.
McLaren was deeply influenced by a meeting with Afrika Bambaataa in Manhattan in 1980. He promoted the seminal DJ and tried, without success, to secure him a record deal with RCA. In 1983, three years after the encounter, McLaren went on to collaborate with American hip hop group the World’s Famous Supreme Team on Duck Rock. The record featured the well-known single “Buffalo Girls” and was later credited with first bringing hip hop to the British Isles.
Premier’s mix (which can be streamed below) opens with McLaren describing his discovery of hip hop in his own words. It then gathers tracks from artists who, like the World’s Famous Supreme Team, worked closely with the Englishman.