Two of Hip Hop’s most respected producers of all time are the New York-based DJ Premier and Pete Rock. Both late 1980s additions to the music industry, the two men have joined forces in crafting amazing albums such as Nas’ 1994 debut Illmatic, Heavy D & The Boyz’ 1992 Blue Funk and more recently, Freddie Foxxx’s independent smash release, 2000’s The Industry Shakedown. Although each esteemed producer has worked independently, both names are often used in the same sentences.
In a recent video interview (posted above), DJ Premier confirmed that the two men are confirmed to share an album, Pete Rock vs. DJ Premier. The name is taken from a series of concerts both men, whose careers began as deejays, performed together, in a staged amicable battle sequence. This included a date this spring in Japan, for which a trailer was shot:
In addition, DJ Premier confirmed earlier this week that he is planning a December release from his Year Round Records imprint, as well as upcoming projects from KRS-One, MC Eiht and Nick Javas. Pete Rock is presently producing the next album from veteran Boot Camp Clik duo Smif-N-Wessun.