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Hip-hop legend DJ Premier in Vancouver (Live) [Review]

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Vancouver, B.C. – The Legendary music producer DJ Premier – once the instrumental half of the dynamic hip-hop duo known as Gang Starr – graced Vancouver hip-hop heads with arguably some of the most finely produced music in the world. The music-manipulating master sampled from a variety of different sounds, including funk and jazz, giving his sound that New York City vibe all the way: there’s no mistaking DJ Premier’s beats. The man fine-tunes perfect rhythmic instrumentals, both slow and fast, that are easily enjoyed anywhere, from the bedroom to the club floors.

Live Review: DJ Premier in Vancouver (Photography by Amalia Judith for HipHopCanada)


His set started off right. He played a few Biggie Smalls beats and carried on to mixing a Big L tribute, very obviously two of his favorite artists. His late partner Guru was mentioned later on in his show as “the greatest rapper to ever live. “ He carried on with some very nice and recognizable hip-hop beats and then a surprise! Premier teamed up with a New Jersey rapper named Nick Javas and the MC burst onto the stage with that certain flair that it would take to get a producer of Premo’s status to even glance in your direction. The boy is funny too. One of his lines was something to do with “white wrappers, black presents,” a double entendre for white rappers and a black presence in the room. You gotta love a guy that knows how to use his vocabulary in such an equivocal manner, another noticeable talent that accompanies New York’s finest musical entertainers. Nick Javas is on the map now thanks to Premier, and the MC definitely has the spark that it takes.

Finally, superb satisfaction filled the club concurrent with the delightful and long awaited sounds of Gang Starr as Premo continued with most of the hits that made that group one of the most highly regarded musical collaborations of all time. The lovely chime of the “Mass Appeal” beat came on and hands were in the air. “Check the Technique” was another of the many killer anthems that he produced and played. People were mouthing along to all the Guru raps, and I swear there was a tear in the New York giant’s eye as he played his partners voice through the booming speakers. DJ Premier is the last of a dying breed. He took the crowd on a notable sound journey last night that cannot be touched by the producers of today. It seems impossible that the music of Gang Starr will ever lost its mass appeal amongst those that can appreciate real hip-hop.

Written by Samantha Cairns for HipHopCanada
Photograph by Amalia Judith for HipHopCanada

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