To celebrate the relaunch of Payday Records — run by Gang Starr’s former manager Patrick Moxey — DJ Premier has shared the new track “Our Streets” featuring A$AP Ferg. Although Preemo provides his signature boom-bap vibe, Ferg is able to easily ride the beat, something atypical for the A$AP Mob rapper. He typically raps over modern-day trap beats that have been popularized on the radio.
For his verses, Ferg really comes with some introspective bars and laments his generation for being “stuck on stupid.” He admits working with the legendary Gang Starr producer made him work harder.
“It’s a dream to be able to work with the legendary DJ Premier on this record,” Ferg said in a press release. “Preemo has worked with all the NYC Hip Hop icons and greats — Nas, Biggie, Guru, Hov, KRS-One, and The LOX. Just knowing I was working with him pushed me as an MC.”
Preemo added, “With Ferg, or anybody I work with, they already know my history so they know that I come from the 90s era. Ferg just automatically said, ‘Don’t do what I’ve been doing on my albums. I want you to do a Preemo style and let me show I can rap to that,’ so I was like, ‘Let’s do it.’ Everybody was happy off jump — no suggestions, no ‘I think we should go this direction.’ It was an automatic in, out, done, in one day.”
Listen to the track above.