After first teasing a collaboration back in March, DJ Premier officially premiered a new single on Thursday (May 16) via Beats 1 featuring Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine, and Benny The Butcher. According to Preem himself, the track, “Headlines,” has been a long time coming.
“I’ve wanted to do a record with them individually for a few years now,” the iconic DJ and producer noted via a press statement. “I had been listening to Westside Gunn first. Conway got my lyrical attention very heavy when Alchemist told me to listen to how he rhymes.”
MY NEW SINGLE Featuring Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine and Benny The Butcher "HEADLINES" premieres TODAY (Thursday) at 4PM ET on @AppleMusic @Beats1 @oldmanebro
TUNE IN TO THE INTERVIEW AND THE SONG…@paydayrecords @WESTSIDEGUNN @WHOISCONWAY @BennyBsf #Beats1Ebro pic.twitter.com/InnJUWJk3G
— DJ Premier (@REALDJPREMIER) May 16, 2019
“Working with Preemo was surreal and watching him cook from scratch; I still can’t believe the record is done,” Westside Gunn said via statement about the collaboration. “This is just the beginning of our cook up and definitely one of the only things on my bucket list.”
A Jason Goldwatch directed visual for the song was filmed in Griselda’s home turf of Buffalo is dropping soon. Goldwatch is responsible for videos like Dilated Peoples’ “Worst Comes to Worst” and Common and Sadat X’s “1999” — among a host others.
Stream “Headlines” — available now via Payday Records — above.