Premier was born on 21 March as Chris Edward Martin. Though he spent the majority of his childhood in Prairie View, Texas, US not far from his birthplace, Houston he moved to Brooklyn as a teenager.
Premier moved back to Brooklyn to start his music career and quickly established a unique and instantly recognizable style for himself. His beats implement heavy sampling of jazz, funk, and soul songs but are not in the slightest limited to these genres. For some of his more experimental tracks he has been noted for creating atonal accents through the inclusion of electro-acoustical samples think Pierre Schaefer. He is also widely praised for his interesting tactic of splicing together short vocal cuts from varying artists to create glitch choruses.
Outside of the hip-hop genre he has produced work for nu metal acts like Busta Rhymes and Limp Bizkit as well as pop divas such as Christina Aguilera. This release further proved the eclectic range of Premier and illustrated his proficiency of handling technically sophisticated recordings. Contrary to common belief Premier is not a member of Gang Starr; however, the group is greatly indebted to him for much of their signature sound.
From to DJ Premier has acted as a production consultant for Gang Starr, appearing on all six of their studio albums as well as their greatest hits compilation release. For those unfamiliar, DJ Premier or Premo for short makes up the producing half of legendary hip-hop duo Gangstarr, and has also produced many of the timeless classics of the genre with a multitude of the biggest names in hip-hop history.
The venue was a lounge, so it was great to just relax and get some drinks with friends while listening to a legend work the tables. The crowd, fortunately, was really into it and the atmosphere was fantastic.
Beyond just being amazed at who was spinning for us, it was great taking a break from the modern radio pop tracks that usually get played at nightclubs for once and getting to listen to all of the classic 90s hip-hop classics that he put on and cut up as only a turntable maestro can. Report as inappropriate By Anonymous Christopher Edward Martin better known by his stage name DJ Premier first rose to prominence as one half of the duo Gang Starr yet now he is dedicated to bringing an old school hip-hop party to the masses.
He has worked with a huge amount of aficionados from the industry over the years including Royce Da 5'9" and Nas so of course he includes some of their tracks in his set tonight as a personal homage to these great artists. The whole crowd is totally behind him throughout the evening whether he is mixing behind the decks or getting up close and personal with the front row as he spits lyrics at blinding speeds.
The bass rumbles along all evening and keeps the audience bouncing along to the great music on offer. There is no doubt that if you are a fan of hip hop as a genre, DJ Premier is a great act to see due to his massive involvement with so many other artists. There is always the chance of special collaborations and guest appearances too.