Off The Record: DJ Premier On Jay-Z’s “A Million And One Questions (Remix)” [Video]

There have been a million and one producer and MC combinations over the years, but none are quite like JAY-Z and DJ Premier. The Marcy legend and Gang Starr icon have produced nothing but fire over their brief stint of collaboration, first exploring their chemistry in 1996 for ‘Reasonable Doubt’ (“D’Evils,” “Friend or Foe,” “Bring it On”) and again for Hov’s sophomore LP, ‘In My Lifetime,’ Vol. 1. That album’s multi-part opening, “Intro/A Million and One Questions/Rhyme No More,” is a favorite—a song that Premier broke down in the latest installment of MASS APPEAL’s new series, “Off The Record.” “When we did the original ‘A Million and One’ and ‘Rhyme No More,’ he did the whole rap over the phone,” Premier remembers of the track, which made its debut on ‘Vol. 1’ nearly 20 years ago, on Nov. 4, 1997. “He said, ‘When the rhyme comes on, I want you to drop a whole new different beat.’ Jay is always descriptive of what he wants before the track is even made.” Premier goes deep on JAY-Z’s epic intro “A Million and One Questions” (and its obscure remix), recalling days of cooking up in D&D Studios with Da Beatminerz, Boot Camp

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Le$ – Catalina Wine Mixer [Album Stream]

Houston rapper Le$ is back with yet another project, titled “Catalina Wine Mixer”. The 9-track effort is entirely produced by Mr. Rogers. Take a listen below and make sure to pick up a copy on iTunes.

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Gorillaz feat. Little Simz – Garage Palace [Video]

The Gorillaz share a previously-unreleased song with Little Simz, called “Garage Palace”. The track is taken from the upcoming deluxe vinyl boxset of their latest album, “Humanz”. Watch the visualiser above.

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ChanHays – Here [Album Stream]

Nova Scotia producer ChanHays hits us with his debut album, “Here”.

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Nacho Picasso – Queen Of The Damned [Video]

Nacho Picasso drops a viusal for “Queen Of The Damned” off his “Anti Hero, Vol. 2” project. Watch the clip above.

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G Herbo – Man Now [Video]

Off of G Herbo’s “Humble Beast” album.

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Shabazz Palaces – Since C.A.Y.A. [Video]

“Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star” and “Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines” are two fully-realized albums of new Shabazz Palaces material that expands the Quazarz universe with a simultaneous worldwide release on Sub Pop.

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Once Upon A Time In Hip-Hop: Big Boi’s Near Death Experience [Video]

Big Boi reveals story about almost being killed after Outkast made it big with its first album.

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SonReal – HNHH Freestyle [Video]

Watch Sonreal take on a freestyle over production from @LoaGaze for our latest HNHH Freestyle Session.

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The Sickest Drama – Survivors Remorse [Audio]

Fresh off of his appearances on the highly acclaimed group project from The Council, “Nothing Else Matters”, The Sickest Drama (TSD) returns with a new single entitled “Survivors Remorse” – an incisive track tackling the dark past of the black experience in Western society. The Sickest Drama further explains the symbolism of dropping this track on Halloween “Sometimes your own past is the real horror story, we, as a people have been zombie-fied”. This raw and reflective meditation is the newest single on his forthcoming album entitled “Providence” dropping in Spring 2018.

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Big Boi feat. Gucci Mane & Pimp C – In The South [Video]

Big Boi decided to drop an animated video for “In The South” with Gucci Mane and the late Pimp C. “[This video] is not a part of the Hotlanta Waxx series but it comes from that realm,” Big Boi said to Yahoo. “Actually, I got the idea from when I was doing the teasers for the songs for Boomiverse. Cory Mo, the producer for the song, has an animation team and he sent me a clip of some of the guys’ work and we got on the phone and just came up with this funkadelic psychedelic video concept for ‘In The South.’ Watch the clip above. “Boomiverse” out now.

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