Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Pete Rock vs. Premier

When Kangbang told me that both Pete Rock and Premier were going to be spinning in LA, I knew something was wrong. It really couldn't be. Two of the most legendary producers in hip hop, both spinning in the same venue on the same stage? This may not be such a huge deal for east coast heads, but here in the west it's rare enough to even see one of the spin, so needless to say my metaphorical panties were in a bunch when I heard this.

Somehow, I knew something was going to go wrong and it wouldn't work out. See, the last time we tried to see 9th Wonder at a True Skool event, we were denied at the door because Kangbang was wearing a Yao Ming jersey. Then a few weeks back when we tried to see Pete Rock at LAX, we were again denied at the door - I think we weren't deemed pretty enough in our Tims and Adidas since everyone else was getting in. So I had this nagging feeling that the same thing would happen at Crash Mansion and once again we'd be screwed and miss out on some dope, once-in-a-lifetime type of hip hop show.

After a little trepidation over a dress code violation (no plain white tees, wtf!), we managed to get past security and when Pete and Primo set foot onstage, shiet was ON like Donkey Kong. What sets Pete and Primo apart as DJs isn't just that they know what to spin, but that they know how to work the mic- using call and response and getting the crowd amped before dropping the crowd pleasing bangers like T.R.O.Y., Work, and Made You Look. Needless to say, the audience was wilin' out, and I loved that most everyone knew the lyrics to all the classics. For someone who grew up listening to Pete Rock and Premier, I couldn't have asked for a better show.

Anyways, it's a pain trying to dig up some Pete and Primo joints that everybody doesn't have, so here are some (hopefully) lesser-known favorites of mine.

[MP3] Pete Rock :: Heard 'Em Say (Remix feat. Vanessa Sanchez)
[MP3] Public Enemy :: Shut 'Em Down (Pete Rock Remix)

[MP3] Crooklyn Dodgers :: Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers (Premier)
[MP3] Gang Starr :: I've Committed Murder (Remix feat. Mos Def & Macy Gray)

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Blogger grant said...

damn..when my ipod got jacked last year, i thought that gang starr remix was gone forever.

good lookin out.

4:05 PM  

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