As the main deejay behind BET’s Hip Hop Awards Cypher, DJ Premier has seen plenty emcees kick rhymes for the series. During a recent interview with The Combat Jack Show, Premier revealed insight about the cyphers, the emcees and his concerns about Justin Bieber not writing his own raps.
During the conversation, Premier was asked who the top verse came from when Eminem, Black Thought and Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) linked up.
“I’m not even being politically correct,” Premier said. “I loved everybody’s verses but Black Thought bodied that. Bodied it. Hands down. Eminem got busy on the Shady cypher when they did it themselves, with Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf and him? That was a fun shoot.”
The Eminem, Yasiin Bey and Black Thought cypher can be viewed below, followed by the Shady cypher.
Later in his conversation with The Combat Jack Show, Premier clarified issues with Bieber.
“A lot of people think I pick the artists and I don’t,” he shared, before addressing the Bieber situation.
According to Premier, he was asked about his thoughts regarding a Bieber appearance in a cypher.
“I was like, ‘As long as he spits a dope verse, I don’t care.’ They said, ‘He might not write it but if it’s dope, would you still be with it?’ I said, ‘If he don’t write it, then he shouldn’t be on there.'”
The interview can be viewed below.
DJ Premier spoke about this in the past, saying that he did not “ban” Bieber from attending. Then, he said he would “love to work with” Bieber.
“I’d love to work with him, just as long as he writes it,” he said when this was first reported. “He’s gotta sit there in front of me and write it. I’d love to work with him and it would be dope.”