DJ Premier On Musical Quality: “The Bar Fell Down…”

April 15, 2010

Once again, DJ Premier drops an interview and reminds all of us about the rules and guidelines for producing, DJ’ing, and music creation. The producer talks about up coming projects with KRS-One, Grand Puba, Ice-T, and Q-Tip on his label Year Round Records while emphasizing the importance of independent music.

DJ Premier also gives his thoughts on ethical guidelines in the creation of music, the damage caused by morally bankrupt record executives, the phenomenon of unskilled celebrity DJ’s, and the necessity of staying excited about your craft.

It’s an independent label, which is a beautiful thing because I come from the era of independent labels before majors.

My bar is still high. The the problem with music anyway. The bar fell down and everybody can just step over it and we need to put the bar back where it’s hard to reach.

If you’re still excited and hungry for it, how are you not going to be dope?

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Gustto April 15, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Words of wisdom.


Sinosure April 15, 2010 at 6:26 pm

All I can say is that was REAL TALK! Thank you Premo!


2KOOL4SKOOL April 15, 2010 at 7:50 pm

yo FUCK DJ Premier..nah am playin! LEGEND!!


Shimmy Yahhzah April 15, 2010 at 8:06 pm



ruler why April 16, 2010 at 2:24 am

so real! this shit gave me chills after it was done.


yikes April 16, 2010 at 12:13 pm



Jayson Feller April 16, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Lots of respect for primo!


Femi @ Work April 16, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Looking forward to that Primo/Krs-1 project. Hope that works out.


musicalfunky818 April 16, 2010 at 5:21 pm

maddddddddddd props!!!!!!!!! example of a wannabe dj is…… will.i.a.m that nigga sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!


B.Dolla April 17, 2010 at 12:26 am

Yo, did Hip Hop is Dead for Nas, and thats a NASTY ass beat. ain’t no joke.


woowee April 17, 2010 at 7:52 pm

True, Will comes correct when he needs to. Talib’s “Hot Thang” beat is classic as well.


Jayson Feller April 18, 2010 at 5:48 am

Busta’s “I Love My B****” was a nice beat from Will too


breezy May 7, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Don’t sleep on Dude knows his sh*t. When all is said and done, he’ll be respected way more than most of us realize today.


oskamadison April 16, 2010 at 10:21 pm

For real, I can see this dude at 75 still bangin’ out on that MPC60 and S950. I don’t know how the cuts will be with the arthritis setting in, lol. It’s good to see someone who has been around as long as he has, with the legacy that he has and still THAT passionate about it, still getting the money without making that the be-all and end-all. He was definitely right about label executive cats who should know better cosigning garbage. All I want Preme to do is get his man Blaq Poet to go kidnap Nas and drag him to HeadQcourterz and hold him hostage until him and Preme get that album done. BTW, what’s up with “A Man Of Few Words”?


2KOOL4SKOOL April 17, 2010 at 1:08 am

^ just cause ur old doesnt mean u get arthritis LMAo


oskamadison April 17, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Wow…you learn something new every day.


Ryan April 17, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Glad to see Primo will always keep it real. This is a great interview, and shines a light on the staleness of the music industry (as if it needs a light shown on it).


Kid Captain Coolout April 22, 2010 at 3:34 pm

These reminders need to be more frequent from the heads who went through hell to get us here. Even the cats who’ve made millions need to keep it real with how they got there. The integrity in music is going out the window these days.


Watermelon man April 23, 2010 at 10:51 am

Primo is the MAN , love all his work. I was agreeing with everything he said, must mean im right then 🙂 hehe

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