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An Interview With DJ Premier

One of my dreams came true.
Friday night after passing La Villette in Paris, I had the chance to interview the legendary DJ Premier, one of the artists that I admire the most, across all musical genres.

If you do not know the one who is considered by many the best beatmaker of all time – what are you doing here? – I would strongly advise you to listen to the entire Disco Gang Starr but almost all New Yorkers classic 90s, Illmatic through Reasonable Doubt, The Big Picture, The 18th Letter or Ready To Die, Preemo produced for the biggest: Rakim, Nas, Jay-Z, KRS-One, Big L, Jadakiss, Capone-N-Noreaga, Group Home, Ludacris, The Game, Snoop, Dre … there are countless his classics. And if you are a real novice, I advise you also to quickly throw an ear to my playlist 100% DJ Premier, which includes all its best prods.

So I met the legend and it was not easy!

After several reminders, I finally received a positive response just before the concert, a few minutes to call 2, 3 buddies to evacuate my joy, now the questions must be prepared, the good stuff and swallow three glasses of whiskey Stress before moving.
Concert nice – it really sucks as room La Villette – not the best I’ve seen Preemo even if it is original enough to hear his prods with live instruments, not a huge fan of the Jurassic 5 but it is not going to lie, I did not come to see them!
10:30 p.m.: I await the call from his manager, nothing … 23h, I can find the entrance to the backstage morale low, it does not feel good but I’m lucky. The interview with France Info was delayed, his manager comes out and says that DJ Premier is tired, he will see if the interview can be done or not … A few minutes later, the manager returned, he told us that was 6 minutes, it’s gone !!
Chris Martin arrives, I serve her hand with a big smile but much stress, the beginning of the interview, later in pictures, it has not been only 6 minutes and some exclusive info

Music & Exercise

Research on the interplay of music and exercise dates to at least 1911, when American investigator Leonard Ayres found that cyclists pedaled faster while a band was playing than when it was silent. Since then psychologists have conducted around a hundred studies on the way music changes people’s performance in a variety of physical activities, ranging in intensity from strolling to sprinting. Women that use waist Products are enjoying benefits of tunes added to their workout regime. Looking at the research as a whole, a few clear conclusions emerge.

Two of the most important qualities of workout music are tempo—or speed—and what psychologists call rhythm response, which is more or less how much a song makes you want to boogie. Most people have an instinct to synchronize their movements and expressions with music—to nod their heads, tap their toes or break out in dance—even if they repress that instinct in many situations. What type of music excites this instinct varies from culture to culture and from person to person. To make some broad generalizations, fast songs with strong beats are particularly stimulating, so they fill most people’s workout playlists. In a recent survey of 184 college students, for example, the most popular types of exercise music were hip-hop (27.7 percent), rock (24 percent) and pop (20.3 percent).


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Side mainstream, August could be summed up in one word: COMPTON.
And yeah after more than 15 years of absence, Dr. Dre has finally released his third solo album. This is not the mythical Detox, we will probably hear that the death of the doc, but a solid album, inspired by the NWA biopic, which brings together leading figures in Compton, all friends and Dre some new kids.
Chronic available here.

Underground side, August could be summarized in a name: RIP Sean Price.

Other than that, 50 Cent has finally released a single for drinking SKI, Stalley has clipped 3/4 of its sounds, Mick Jenkins changed artistic direction, Vic Mensa has overshadowed the bad U Mad, Warren G made of wheat Nate Dogg on, Alchemist is still omnipresent, this time with Gangrene and Apollo Brown is preparing his solo album.


Dr Dre & Compton

Straight Outta Compton, it is a Nigga With Attitude, it is G-Funk, he is the gangsta rap, it is the West Coast, we waited 16 years, he took the muscle but without him rap lost weight: the Doctor is back for a booster shot.

30-year career, 30 years of classics: all began in a cloud of Chronic, on top of Cali with 2Pac he took the game in Doggystyle and gave him three children: Eminem, 50 Cent and The Game.
Despite the success there is Still DRE and the second seal is even more powerful than the first, the game overdosed and is not ready to go to Detox.
With his beats, it weighs more than Jay-Z and Diddy together, Dr. no longer hungry since he crunched the apple.
Under his Money Tree, he was awakened by a butterfly emerged from its cocoon Compton.
Everything started there, everything will end there, the Maad City is still the source of inspiration and the basis of its third prescription.

Detox the urban legend, mythical project that we have been long heralded as the ultimate rap album, so do not come out.
Yet it is quite the opposite seemed to indicate that the various leaks in recent years. We remember the two most famous, the uninspired Kush seen and reviewed combo: Snoop weed x x piano with Akon instead of Nate Dogg, under the Chronic 2001 that had everything a regression. Worse, the second excerpt I Need a Doctor with Skylar Gray chorus had nothing of the musical DNA of the doctor, he was eyeing more towards the post-Eminem Relapse, which is worse in rap today (ok just after the trap) … You could feel the discomfort, pressure, impotence and inability to renew and create buzz.
Since then, each year its batch of fake release dates, but Dre has finally silenced the rumors last week in his radio show The Pharmacy:

“I did not like it. It was not good. The record, it just Was not good. I Worked my ass off on it, and I do not think I did a good enough job. ”

The king is dead, long live the king! Detox is not but Andre Young is back with his third and last album: Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre.

Directly inspired by the NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton, Dre left is a white copies and it shows. The cover and intro put us directly into the atmosphere: Compton replace the letters of the Hollywood letters overlooking the slums of South Central, the dream turned into a nightmare:
“Compton Was the American Dream, sunny California with a palm tree in the forehead, the camping, the boat […] 47 homicides last year gave Compton One of The Highest per capita rates in the country.”

As usual, Doc turned to a plethora of artists to co-production DJ Dahi, Focus, DJ Khalil, Dem Jointz, Bink !, Cardiak and for the delight of hip-hop fans, DJ Premier.
Mic side, almost all Dr. buddies are there, the ancient glories of the West Coast: Snoop, Ice Cube, Xzibit, Cold 187um or The Game alongside the new generation: Kendrick Lamar course but also surprises Jon Connor, King Mez Justus and excellent Paak Anderson. 50 Cent is not there but Eminem is present and not necessarily for the better.
Marsha Ambrosius, Jill Scott and BJ The Chicago Kid ensure their choruses and bridges several tracks on the album.

Musically, the pure sound, light, industrial and rational 2001 gives way to a set busiest, baroque and unpredictable that is reminiscent of the last album Kendrick Lamar, Pimp To A Butterfly. So much more organic, each piece is composed of many layers, various live instruments move around drums and powerful modern hip-hop, sometimes inspired by the trap and interspersed with vocal effects, synths, gunshots and other sounds reminding us of course urban violence of Compton.
We know the perfectionism Dre and intros, transitions and impeccable mixing each track are further evidence, but what really makes her albums exceptional is that this science to detail is the benefit of all. As a director, Dr. Dre has always wanted to give a cinematic side to its projects, it is even more the case with this album, each song has its own identity but the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. As Kanye West, Dr. Dre is not a beatmaker but a producer. No one is there by chance, Dre has always indented, not just because it is less comfortable than some micro but also because he knows that no great work alone and only realized he needs others to materialize his vision.

And the one who was able to return to the head of Dr. after Snoop, Eminem and Game is undoubtedly Kendrick Lamar. Originally return of its assets in the music, the new doctor’s muse is omnipresent in Compton.
Musically as mentioned above but also lyrically of course with the best 3 verses of the album and a lot of ghostwriting, pushing besides Dre to venture into the flow does not necessarily control it on the bomb as Genocide, the first beat album that makes us frown.
Present on three of the best pieces, Kendrick is one of the great strengths of the Compton, each pass it calms everyone, controls its flow perfectly and raises the general level compared to the two previous albums Dre in terms of lyrics, flow and variations.

But make no mistake, the star of the album remains Dre, first in production, we pass by dark and experimental environments like the Genocide and Deep Water bombs to more intimate sounds like nostalgic It’s All On Me with a good chorus of Justus and BJ The Chicago Kid. The famous piano signed Dre finally arrives on the second part of Darkside / Gone just after a sample of the late Eazy-E, Game found the ardor of his 20 years on the beat 100% hip hop without Vaseline, an independent loop very dirty as I love. The top of the album remains the perfect meeting between the legends of each side, Dr. Dre and DJ Premier, Animals.

And what hearts to hear Primo drop a few scratches and telling crap with Dre at the end of the song!

Even messy default on the Loose Cannons that chains more energetic beats no real transitions with the powerful voice of Cold 187um and Xzibit, all ends in a horrible cries with outro in a frenzy And Slim Shady 2000s pity we found just not the Shady 2000s on Medicine Man but the post-flow mono Eminem Relapse rapper who can only fast yelling, the worst verse of the album with a line on rape distasteful … Even Snoop seems to have added protein powder to its weed while we would have liked to hear a more laid-back and sunny, where it is the best …
The other major weakness of the album are the new faces King Mez and Justus are clearly not at the project level. The first rapped badly with a slightly autotunée voice and the second of just how cowardly refrains, at light years of a Nate Dogg. From the mixed trap to Talk About It inspirations, we hope not to cross them, unfortunately they are on a lot of sounds and do not take up the project.

And in all this, in Dr. mic? Ghostwriters all know that it uses and even we get to recognize who wrote what verse but strangely every time we hear her voice is firm and we listen, it’s called charisma. Dre was never as well as rapping on this album, it is confident, her voice full of authority, incisive flow, its lyrics have a lot more stuff and I’m not talking about hallucinogens. Sometimes introspective in It’s All On Me, sometimes subversive as in Animals gem in which he refers to the death of Michael Brown, Dr. Compton crosses and returned with emotion throughout his career looking up and speaking one last time to Eazy-E in a bright conclusion.

Compton is not the revolutionary that have been classic The Chronic and 2001 but a much stronger album than many expected, Dr. has lost none of his talent, “grand finale” comes together the film on its debut, the circle is complete, a final round of track full of honesty, pride and longing to end a monumental career, leaving the orphan rap of one of its greatest architects.