Off The Record: DJ Premier On D’Angelo’s “Devil’s Pie” [Video]

There’s a story behind every song. Whether the track was conceived via email exchange, crafted in-studio or pieced together using unreleased material, there’s always a story—the only variable is who tells it. Today, on MASS APPEAL’s Off The Record, that “who” is DJ Premier. The legendary beatsmith and disc jockey has been behind some of music’s most pivotal moments and movements, from producing on Nas’s ‘Illmatic’ to commandeering Christina Aguilera’s ‘Back to Basics’ album more than a decade later, and the many worlds of hypnotic scratches and snares that fall in between. But Preemo will never forget the night he got a call from D’Angelo as he left a studio session with Canibus—that call led to the session that produced “Devil’s Pie.” “I was leaving [the studio] and my phone just happened to ring,” Preemo recalls. “Just, on the humble, it was D. He was like ‘Yo, what you doing?’ I said, ‘I’m just leaving the studio with Canibus. We were working on something but the track didn’t work out.’ He goes, ‘Can I hear it?’ I said, ‘Yeah. It’s just a bass line, though, not a lot of stuff happening.’ I went over there, played it, and he just starts going, ‘Yo! I want this.’” To boot, when Premier showed up, he was surrounded by J Dilla, Alchemist and ?uestlove. In hindsight, there’s no way that session could’ve resulted in something any less than spectacular. The proof is in the pudding—and the pie. Enjoy the full story above.

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TrackBlasters Radio: 03.03.17

Da Fat Friday Afternoon – The Official Soundtrack To Your Weekend Host: DJ P.R. Happy Friday, ya’ll! Press play and enjoy. Record Of The Day: THEY. – Deep End Playlist Thundercat feat. Kendrick Lamar – Walk On By Childish Gambino – Redbone Wale feat. Lil Wayne – Fashion Week Big Sean feat. The-Dream – Sunday Morning Jetpack DJ Khaled feat. Beyonce & Jay-Z – Shining **Record Of The Day** THEY. – Deep End Thundercat feat. Wiz Khalifa – Drink Dat TLC – Diggin’ On You (Kaytranada Edit) Fat Joe & Remy Ma feat. Ty Dolla $ign – Money Showers The Game – However Do You Want It **Throwback** The Game feat. 50 Cent – Hate It Or Love It Snoop Dogg feat. Dr. Dre & D’Angelo – Imagine D’Angelo feat. Method Man & Redman – Left & Right Jonell feat. Method Man – Round & Round (Remix) Method Man – Break Ups 2 Make Ups Download here (right click and save as…)

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TrackBlasters Radio: 24.02.17

Da Fat Friday Afternoon – The Official Soundtrack To Your Weekend Host: DJ P.R. Happy Friday, ya’ll! Press play and enjoy. Record Of The Day: Thundercat feat. Kendrick Lamar – Walk On By Playlist SZA – Drew Barrymore 6LACK & Jhene Aiko – First Fuck **Record Of The Day** Thundercat feat. Kendrick Lamar – Walk On By Big Sean feat. Jeremih – Light DJ Khaled feat. Beyonce & Jay-Z – Shining Fat Joe & Remy Ma feat. The-Dream & Vindata – Heartbreak **ASAP Yams aka Stevearelli The Don Presents “Spread Those Cheeks Girl Volume 1 (Side A)” Brandy – I Wanna Be Down SWV – Anything Soul For Real feat. Heavy D – Candy Rain (Remix) Monica – Just One Of Those Days D’Angelo – Brown Sugar Jodeci feat. Raekwon – Freek’n You (Remix) Ghost Town DJ’s – My Boo Mona Lisa feat. The Lost Boyz – Can’t Be Wastin My Time Allure feat. Nas – Head Over Heels TLC – Creep Groove Theory – Keep Tryin’ Zhane feat. Busta Rhymes – It’s A Party (J Dilla Remix) Stephen Simmonds feat. Big L – I Can’t Do That Download here (right click and save as…)

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JSOUL – JSOUL Remixed It [Mixtape]

As a kid born in 1980 and being privileged to witness Hip Hop’s rise from its start into the Golden Era & beyond, JSOUL wanted to pay homage by taking it back to a time where lyrics mattered and the beats were crafted to paint pictures with cinematic accuracy. In Hip Hop, the beats made you fall in love with the artist just as much as the artist made you fall in love with the beats. JSOUL tells us, “When I first started producing music, I made up in my mind that I wanted to make music that gave me the same feeling I had when I first heard, ‘Enter The Wu’, ‘Illmatic’, ‘Ready To Die’, ‘Midnight Marauders’, ‘Reasonable Doubt’, ‘Doe Or Die’, ‘My Life’, ‘Do You Want More’, ‘Fantastic Vol. 2’, ‘Like Water For Chocolate’, ‘The Score’, ‘Baduizm’, etc. Those were the albums that were the soundtrack to my life when I was in high school growing into a man. That head nod, that feel good, that real.” On his new remix project, ‘JSOUL Remixed It’, JSOUL pays homage to that time and attempts to be a bridge from the music lovers of his generation to the future generation of hip hop heads. “I wanted cats from my era to hear these re imagined songs and fall in love with the songs all over again. Take them back with new beats and never lose the integrity of the song. I wanted to match each artists feel perfectly but with

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TrackBlasters Radio: 13.05.16

Da Fat Friday Afternoon – The Official Soundtrack To Your Weekend Host: DJ P.R. Today, DJ R-Tistic takes over TB Radio with his “Slow Jams and Chill” mix. Enjoy. Happy Friday ya’ll! Record Of The Day: Back on Monday! Playlist Intro: Jamie Foxx – Slow Jams (Live) Alicia Keys – You Don’t Know My Name SWV – Anything (Album Remix) 112 – Cupid Faith Evans – I Love You Total – Kissin You Tevin Campbell – Alone With You Aaliyah – At Your Best Ruff Endz – Someone To Love You Mint Condition – Let Me Be The One Beyonce – Be With You Bobby Valentino – Slow Down Janet Jackson – Spending Time With You Blackstreet – Confession (Interlude) Brandy – He Is Lauryn Hill feat. D’Angelo – Nothing Even Matters Tyrese feat. Tank – Prior To You SWV – Rain Usher – Seduction Janet Jackson – I Get Lonely Jodeci – My Heart Belongs To You Alicia Keys – Feeling You, Feeling Me (Interlude) Download here (right click and save as…)

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TrackBlasters Radio: 06.07.15

Da More Fire Monday – The Correct Flava To Start Your Week Host: DJ P.R. Summertime is throwback time! Today, Jazzy Jeff and Mick Boogie take us on a trip down Memory Lane with their “Summertime 6” mix. Enjoy! Record Of The Day: Back on Wednesday! Full playlist, stream and download link after the break.

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TrackBlasters Radio: 01.06.15

Da More Fire Monday – The Correct Flava To Start Your Week Host: DJ P.R. Today, DJ R-Tistic takes over TB Radio with his smooth “Slow Jams Part II” mix. Enjoy! Record Of The Day: Back on Wednesday! Playlist Prelude by Jairus “J. Mo” Mozee Ciara – Promise Chris Brown – Take You Down The-Dream – Falsetto Miguel – Quickie Ciara – Body Party Blackstreet – Deep R. Kelly – Put On My T-Shirt Floetry – Say Yes 702 – Places Justin Timberlake – Set The Mood Trey Songz – Panty Droppa Trey Songz – Neighbors Know My Name Eric Bellinger – Imagination R. Kelly – The Greatest Sex Usher – Can U Handle It Beyonce – Rocket D’Angelo – Untitled (How Does It Feel) Beyonce – Speechless BJ The Chicago Kid – Good Love Ginuwine – So anxious Janet Jackson – Would You Mind Postlude: Terrace Martin – Making Love Download here (right click and save as…)

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TrackBlasters Radio: 26.01.15

Da More Fire Monday – The Correct Flava To Start Your Week Host: DJ P.R. Today’s show includes new music from Ne-Yo, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Rihanna, D’Angelo, Roc Marciano and Joey Bada$$. Enjoy! Record Of The Day: Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney – FourFiveSeconds Playlist Ne-Yo feat. ScHoolboy Q – Run/An Island PARTYNEXTDOOR – Dreamin The-Dream feat. T.I. – That’s My shit Kanye West feat. Paul McCartney – Only One **Record Of The Day** Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney – FourFiveSeconds D’Angelo – Sugga Daddy Ghostface Killah feat. Kandace Springs – Love Don’t Live Here No More Roc Marciano – 365 The Diplomats – Have My Money **Joey Bada$$ Live @ Boiler Room London (Full Set)** Download here (right click and save as…)

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