Hip Hop fans around the world are celebrating the birthday of one of the genre’s most iconic producers, DJ Premier. Born in 1966, DJ Premier has had a long and illustrious career, working with a who’s who of Hip Hop’s biggest names, including Biggie Smalls, Jay-Z, and Nas.
As a founding member of the legendary group Gang Starr, DJ Premier helped to shape the sound of 90s New York boom-bap and put it on the map. With six studio albums under their belt, Gang Starr’s influence can still be heard in the music of many modern-day Hip Hop artists.
DJ Premier’s signature sound is characterized by smooth soul samples and steady drums, and he has either worked with or influenced a majority of the most respected producers in the game. Although he has never received any official accolades or music awards, his influence on the genre is undeniable.
In honor of DJ Premier’s birthday, we take a look at some of his most popular songs that helped to define his career as a beatmaker. These tracks are some of the most critically acclaimed in Hip Hop history, and they continue to inspire and influence producers to this day.
Whether you’re a longtime fan of DJ Premier or a newcomer to the game, these classic tracks are sure to get your head nodding and your feet moving. So, raise a glass and join us in wishing DJ Premier a very happy birthday. Here’s to many more years of legendary beats and unforgettable music!