DJ Premier Recalls Friendship With Tupac & Jay-Z's Work Ethic

posted Saturday April 13 ,2013 at 02:30PM CDT | 54 comments

DJ Premier Recalls Friendship With Tupac & Jay-Z's Work Ethic

Gang Starr's DJ Premier says he threw wild parties with Tupac before the fame and describes Jay-Z as a hard worker.

DJ Premier recently explained just how connected Hip Hop artists can be. In an interview with experienced A&R Jeff Sledge for Al Lindstrom, Premier described his friendship with Tupac and his observations of Jay-Z's work ethic. 

"We knew Pac before he bubbled," the Gang Starr producer explained. "We knew him when he was going through his drama and we remained really close friends."  

"We were really there, at their house, throwing wild parties. Before Pac even dropped [1992's] 'Trapped,' we were hanging out with Pac like that," he added. 

Premier also recalled an experience where Tupac used the crowd to protest when he did not receive payment for a show. According to Premier, Pac went on stage saying, "Yo, they ain't got my mothafuckin' money and I want y'all to tear this place up right now!"  

Premier also shared memories of watching Jay-Z in the studio. He recalled seeing Jay go from a session with Too Short for "A Week Ago" to a session with him for "A Million and One Questions (Remix)," running back and forth between takes. 

"His success is well deserved," Premier stated in the interview. "He busts his ass." 

More of Premier's conversation with Sledge can be viewed below.

DJ Premier worked with Jay-Z on the aforementioned track but he has also produced others songs for Hova including "D'Evils," "Friend or Foe" and "So Ghetto." 

In 2010, Greg Nice told HipHopDX's Jake Paine about a collaboration between Tupac and DJ Premier. 

"Yeah," he said, confirming their collaboration. "And [DJ Premier] loved [Tupac] as well. To the point where that’s all he talks about."

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  • Anonymous
    pac made biggie jay z mobb deep cube and dre irrelevent in 96 the only other rappers that were worth talkin about nas and common hip hop 2day should thank orlando anderson for killin 2pac cuz rap wouldnt be talkin out money and hoes it would be about the struggle 2pac is the greatest battle rapper of all-time jay z most overrated rapper ever weak lyrics its a crime to even compare him to tupac
  • Hypestyle
    Nitpick moment: 2pac's single "Trapped" was in the spring of 1991, the same year as the first LP, "2Pacalypse Now" was released on Interscope.
  • GeniusIdiot
    Tupac had more work ethnic than any rapper has nowadays. & not even generally about music either
    • pakaveli11
      2pac was more quantity over quality. 10.000 songs of him are the same. If he would live now his career would be over. and im a Pac fan. but all these releases and unrleased tracks are that great. They should have made 1 album with the best of his unreleased material.
    • foekist
      Has it ever occured to you that maybe 2pac created so much music in order for him to sever his ties with DeathRow>?
  • amitiekassis
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  • a dope album
    Fallacy Fantasy - First Light
  • Anonymous
    Ja Rule met Pac once and couldn't even look him in the face due to the fact he had Suge's stank scent all over him.
  • Anonymous
    I just bought a top of the range Aston Martin DB5 after bringing in $4865 this past month and over ten grand last-month. It's definitely the most comfortable job I have ever had. I began this 8 months ago and straight away was making over $82 per/h. This is what I do, Wow55.com
  • Anonymous
    ?
  • Anonymous
    Nigga what you talking about partying? You boring as fuck! You have the most boring personality in hiphop and your beats and what they used to be.
  • Anonymous
    Fuck this old broke-ass nigga.. didn't his boyfriend Guru die of aids ?
    • SDK
      GTFOH STUPID
  • JDS
    Jay >>>> Pac
    • Anonymous
      Gucci Mane >>> You
  • Anonymous
    JAY-Z IS THE MOST RELEVNT RAPPER OF ALL TIME PERIOD. HIS FANS LOVE HIM, HATERZ DONT LIKE TO SEE HIM WIN, HE IS WORTH SO MUCH,STILL RAPPIN N SELLING MADE WAY INTO HIS 40s, OTHER RAPPERS & PRODUCERS CANT SEEM TO TAKE HIS DICK OFF THEIR MOUTHS(ALWAYS MENTIONING HIS NAME IN THEIR RAP LYRICS, INTERVIEW)AND YALL SAY HE IS NOT THE GREATEST RAPPER OF ALL TIME? I NEVER SEEN WHERE SO MANY PEOPLE PRAY N HOPE THAT ANOTHER MAN FAIL.HE IS FROM THAT ERA THAT BROUGHT U SNOOP,PAC, B.I.G, WU TANG,MOBB DEEP,DPG,WARREN G, OUTLAWZ...AND HE IS MORE RELEVANT THAN ALL THE ONE ALIVEE NOW...HATE ALL U WANT,BUT HE HAS DONE WELL FOR HIMSELF. A DUDE FROM THE BLOCK HVING MEETINGS WITH WARREN BUFFETT AND BILL GATES...WITH OBAMA...COMMON NOW. HE IS THE CHOSEN ONE.
  • Nasstill@it
    Smh @ this washed up no pussy gettin nigga with monotomous and repetitive beats. Nigga stop lying...Tupac aint fucked with no east coast producers! Pac was beyond east coast wackness.
    • StankinASS
      tupac lived in NY for some time you stupid ass retard, and ya boy Pac fucked with a lot of east coast people, you are obviously an uneducated and uninformed moron spewing out idiodic comments, I hate you and I hope you die soon.
    • Anonymous
      um u ever heard of easy moe bee?
    • Anonymous
      Have you 2 heard of trolling?
    • Dcypher
      The Outlawz were from New Jersey.... seems to be he had no qualms with working with people from the east coast. Besides, Premier is a more important figure in hip hop than 2pac ever was. 2pac was decent but is seriously overrated.
  • T.I. - Trouble Man II: He Who Wears the Crown
    Disc 1 1. All for the Love (Produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League) 2. If You Know feat. Jay-Z (Produced by Just Blaze) 3. Where I've Been (Produced by Jake One) 4. Thank God (Produced by Kanye West, co. Mike Dean) 5. The Way Life Is feat. Kelly Rowland (Produced by Tricky Stewart, co. The-Dream) 6. Put Your Hands Up (Produced by The Neptunes) 7. Glory feat. Nas (Produced by No I.D.) 8. Twilight feat. B.o.B (Produced by B.o.B) 9. The Truth feat. Kanye West (Produced by Kanye West, co. Mike Dean) 10. Walk Like a Soldier (Produced by Just Blaze) 11. Stop (Produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League) 12. Pop It (Produced by The Neptunes) 13. Good Times feat. Rihanna (Produced by Kanye West, co. No I.D., co. Mike Dean) 14. He Who Wears the Crown (Produced by Tricky Stewart, co. The-Dream) Disc 2 1. Blood Pressure feat. Iggy Azalea (Produced by DJ Toomp) 2. Run for Cover (Produced by Mike WiLL Made It) 3. I Don't Care (Produced by Mike Dean) 4. You Know Why (Produced by DJ Toomp) 5. Everywhere I Go (Produced by Big K.R.I.T.) 6. Crazy Girl feat. Ciara (Produced by DJ Toomp) 7. All Night feat. Lil Wayne & Swizz Beatz (Produced by Swizz Beatz) 8. Whatever feat. Jazze Pha (Produced by Mike Dean, co. Jazze Pha) 9. Ain't No Way feat. Young Jeezy (Produced by DJ Toomp) 10. If I Should Die feat. Scarface (Produced by Mike Dean) 11. Blackout feat. Trae tha Truth (Produced by DJ Toomp) 12. Blunt Object (Produced by Mike Dean) 13. My Enemies (Produced by Big K.R.I.T.) 14. Some South Shit (Produced by Drumma Boy)
    • Anonymous
      ti vs tip was he last good one
    • Anonymous
      he aint the king any more
  • Chris Sabs
    Premo is the best to ever do it ever
  • WTF?
    Um... how in the hell you do a 20 minute interview with DJ PREMIER and have some cookie cutter south beats playing in the background? Fire the person who edited this shit. ONLY PREEMO BEATS SHOULD BE PLAYING IN THIS VIDEO!
  • YonkersBornAndRaised
    Fans of All Eyez on Me are bitch niggas
  • Anonymous
    Jay is a Nas stan. 1. Jay-Z begged Nas and AZ to be on "Bring It On" song off the Reasonable Doubt album. But Nas turned it down. 2. Jay-Z begged Nas to be on Dead Presidents so Nas turned him down so he sampled him. 3. Jay-Z sampled Nas voice AGAIN on Crack Game/Rap Game or whatever the fuck. 4. Jay-Z used to rap like the fu-schnickens but tried to switch his shit up when he heard Illmatic 5. The fact that Jay even knew Nas' child's mother is stalker-ish 6. Jay-Z said "Who's the best MC, Jay-Z, Biggie and NAS" before the beef 7. Jay-Z admitted to listening to ALL of Nas albums in Takeover 8. Jay-Z randomly showed up at the recording of "Black Republican" and put himself on that track (No, it wasn't a planned collab) 9. Jay-Z had AZ in the video for Dead Presidents 10. Jay-Z started working with people like Frank Ocean and Jay Electronica after NAS shouted them out and worked with them first 11. Jay-Z tried to get Nas on the Empire State song AND REMIX but Nas refused both 12. Jay-Z invited Nas to perform at the Carnegie Hall show recently I could go on forever...Because Jay has been on Nas' dick forever. This is why Nas called him a "STAN"
    • Anonymous
      and you're a nas stan, get off his dick boi, they both dope emcees
    • Anonymous
      "8. Jay-Z randomly showed up at the recording of "Black Republican" and put himself on that track (No, it wasn't a planned collab)" that one i don't believe
    • Dean
      Man you are the Stan, if you can supply any proof, ( other than your imagination ) that half the shit you say is correct. I will give you $500.
    • Anonymous
      He wanted to work with and is a fan of Nas so he's a "stan". SMH at some rap fans, you're probably gonna post this on every Jay-Z post from now on aren't you? Also you're living in 01...
    • p
      Even if all of that is true, it sounds like he is a big fan of nas, i dont see nothing wrong with that.. they're both good friends with each other now anyways. So you're the only stan here
    • Anonymous
      @p I don't think they're "good friends" it isn't a playground, I just they're cool with each other.
  • RT
    He had a friendship with Tupac and Jay's worth ethic? That's pretty impressive
  • Anonymous
    boy1da>premier drake>tupac lilwayne>jayz solya boi dope 2 cuz of his gnasher
    • AONHipHop
      Bot
    • Anonymous
      Kill yourself.
    • Anonymous
      ur keyboard is fucked up drake is a singer like rihanna 2pac dmx nas biggie rakim those r rappers 2pac>every other rapper
  • Anonymous
    DJ Premier is living Legend.
  • Bobyahead2dis
    tupacs overrated as shit cause he hasnt fucked as many white girls as lil wayne has.. Carter 3 > Tupacs Career anyday
    • YMCMB hater
      LMFAO how does Waynes dick taste stan? Tupacs a legend compared to Wayne who just flopped with INAHB2. Suck it bitch nigga Wayne needs Drake to get a hit cuz no one wants to hears his dumbass anymore!
    • Anonymous
      tupac rapper for only 5 yrs sold 125 million albums lil wayne been rapping for almost 15 yrs has sold 15 mill dont hate on the greatest rapper to ever do it
  • Ivan187
    Then why Tupac ain't never got a Premo-beat? This would've been the dopest shit ever! My favourite 2Pac track "If I Die 2Nite" was done by Easy Mo Bee. "Temptations" was so fucking dope, too. There's nothing better than Pac's flow over NY styled Beats. Not to disrespect Pac's Westcoast stuff, I love the West Coast to death. But his amazing voice and energy over some straight Boom Bap shit is superior. Nothing's comparable to that.
    • Anonymous
      Nobody wants to hear that shit.
    • Second that
      I want to hear that too, fuck the previous Lil Wayne dickrider. Pac + Premier woulda been a true classic.
    • Johnny J's Ghost
      No it wouldn't.
    • Fresh
      Ivan187: Closest thing that has Pac on Primo Beats: Look online for THE DON PRIMO EDITION dropped back in 2009.