Where We Dwell: How DJ Premier Changed Hip-Hop

The story of the Texan producer who defined the sound of rap music in New York.

Dec 20, 2017 · 10 min read
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By Dave Tompkins

In 1989, DJ Premier managed to get Charlie Parker, Big Daddy Kane, Brian Eno, and James Brown on the same record, without any lawyers — just by the virtue of having a good set of ears and a sampler that boasted…

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