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Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Nas & Preem Suite

Probably the most common request among hip-hop heads are a fresh collaboration between Mr. Nasty and Preemo. These two always bring out the beast of eachother and their track record together speaks for itself with some of the finest rap records ever created. And the legacy grows as VIBE today presents "Re:Generation", a meeting between Premier, Nas and The Berklee Symphony Orchestra for a cut specially made for the forthcoming documentary film of the same name. For more info on the flick, go to

"DJ Premier was given Classical and began his immersion into the genre with Bruce Adolphe, a former classical music professor at Juilliard. They met at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music not far from DJ Premier’s home in NY. After learning about classical music theory, the inspirations of some of the genre’s most profound composers and how traditional pieces are structured, DJ Premier went out and bought tons of classical symphonies on vinyl to mash up his own creation. We then took that mash-up and orchestrated it for sheet music. In the first step of the actual recording process, DJ Premier partnered with Stephen Webber, a professor and conductor at the Berklee College of Music. Steven taught Premier how to conduct and helped him in studio with the 58-piece Berklee Symphony Orchestra you hear on the track. Of all the takes, the one you hear is the “wild” version (which means they recorded it without the metronome in their headphones) DJ Premier conducted himself. Then DJ Premier brought that instrumental track back home to NY and Nas laid down his rhyme on top of it."

EDIT: Thanks to DJPB, we now got the full CDQ version of this one...


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