Christopher Edward Martin (born March 21, 1966), better known by his stage name DJ Premier (also known as Preem, Premo, or Primo), is an American Record Producer and DJ, and was half of the hip hop duo Gang Starr—alongside the emcee Guru—and forms half of the hip hop duo PRhyme, together with Royce Da 5'9". For its 20th-anniversary issue in 2008, The Source selected DJ Premier for its list of the 20 greatest producers in the magazine's history. He also made the finals in Vibe magazine's 2010 search for the greatest hip hop producer of all time—he finished second after Dr. Dre received 62 percent of the votes. DJ Premier hosts a weekly two-hour show, Live From HeadQCourterz, on Sirius Satellite Radio's Hip-Hop Nation every Friday. DJ Premier served as one of the three curators for the soundtrack to the video game NBA 2K16, alongside DJ Khaled and DJ Mustard.
I met DJ Premier at the 2015 BET Cypher.
I was already blimp high.
So when I saw him walk up, I just froze.
My rapidly beating heart just stopped.
I felt like I had achieved something.
And he knew my name.
And my work.
I was done.
Management told me to write a verse, to make sure it was fire.
I flatly refused.
I rolled up, listened to the assigned beat, and swore I was gonna (a) fuck the shit out of Tink, (b) be taller than Joyner Lucas and (c) outshine the lil trap nigga.
But before I even spit ONE BAR, Primo called my name.
And said, "You gotta go in."
I gave my lil Sonic grin, but still.
It was like The Undertaker threatening Brock Lesnar.
There it is.
(the video isn't showing up at the time of writing this, but above is/was the 2015 cypher with me, Tink, Joyner, and the young trap nigga)
He's responsible for ... well, let's say it like this.
If you're worth anything in hip-hop, you have to meet and work with DJ Premier.
He can sum up your life with his cuts and scratches.
And then END YOUR LIFE with the beat itself.
But what needs to be noted is his mixing.
THE SOUND OF A DJ PREMIER BEAT IS WHAT GOT ME INTO MIXING MY OWN STUFF.
I will talk about RZA in the near future.
But this is Primo's time.
And DJ Premier can mix his Houston ass off.
And, if SEGA means anything to you, he's Mystic.
Which is jaw-breaking, because Mystic is drop dead gorgeous.
Basically, Primo was the original sample to my song, "Based On Feeling".
From "My Brain Is Alive".
Back to the BET cypher.
It meant a lot to me that Primo knew my name.
Made me wonder who else knows about me.
I get high.
He asked (between takes) if I had a project dropping.
I told him yeah, but I wasn't confident in the process.
He said he was looking forward to it.
Seems like I impressed an icon.
All I wanted to do.
~follow the buzzards~