DJ Premier Speaks On Pete Rock & Smif-N-Wessun

The veteran producer/DJ pays respects to the two acts in anticipation of their upcoming LP "Monumental."

With Smif-N-Wessun and Pete Rock’s collaborative LP Monumental dropping on June 28th, DJ Premier reflects on his relationship with and respect for each act. Reminiscing on when he first heard Pete Rock, Primo admits that Rock’s production style made him step his game up. 

“My opinion of Pete Rock is an overpowering level of respect,” he said.  “He inspired me to want to step my game up and be nicer, because I always believed in myself but when somebody else is right there on your heels coming with it with a whole different style - and Pete brought that, and still brings that - I was like, I ain’t gonna let this dude pass me.”

He also paid his respects to Smif-N-Wessun, branding them as “one of the best duos to come out.” “Dah Shinin’ was one of the most unique and well-produced albums ever done. I love Da Beatminerz production and I also loved how the music complemented Tek and Steele’s style of rap, and on top of that, they just always made and chose the right records single-wise, and just the way they sequenced the albums - I studied all of that stuff. They had the full package.”

As for his favorite album and song by Smif-N-Wessun, Primo went with the classic. “Hands down, Dah Shinin’. ‘Bucktown’ is an automatic shoo-in, but I used to love ‘P.N.C.’ Partners in crime. That was my joint. I know it was mellow and laidback, but what they talked about was just how I’ll ride for you, you ride for me. We’ll never betray each other. And I’m all about loyalty. I’ve been loyal to people who were shitty to me and I still stayed loyal because that’s how you’re supposed to be.”

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  • CLM83

    Can't wait to download this shit! HA! But yeah this shit is gon be classic.

  • mcmastermind

    Nice to see him paying homage. And paying homage to people who deserve it. Pete Rock and Premo are my favorites producers. As for Smif-N-Wessunm Dah Shinin is one of my favorite albums and definitely a classic. It's got a real chill feel but they keep it real. Still bumpin it.

  • Anonymous

    "Dah Shinin" is in my top 5 albums of all time. although, personally, there's one track that sounds pretty wack and another that is "skippable," every other song is fuckin unbelievable. im still listening to this album as of today. it's way too hard to keep it in the back of my mind bcuz it's that good

  • ignitemindz

    what about the Pete and Preemo album?

    • yea

      they already said each doin half the beats and is pickin who spits to there beats, i think preme's got wu and m.o.p. already

    • Cage

      ^^ Who would do the rappin on that album?? It would definitely have ill beats. Both them cats are legends


    Man, I used to and still love Dah Shinin..I like that album better than The Infamous to tell you the truth.. Just like Premo said, the chemistry and beats, the voices..that was a perfectly hand crafted album from start to finish, grimy ass Brooklyn shit "Next Shit" was my fave joint on there along with "Cession at the Doghillee"..all the BCC members got put on with that joint MONUMENTAL - Jun 28th...I'm coppin!!

  • nignog

    fuck off premier and get return of the boom bip finished

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