Friday, September 16, 2011

DJ Premier talks Nas' "Memory Lane" off "Illmatic"

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

DJ Premier has worked with Nas ever since the start of his career. Illmatic is hailed my many as one of hip hop's greatest albums. Three tracks from the album were produced by DJ Premier. Premo has also worked with Elzhi on his Elmatic album.

"Memory Lane" was among the three songs produced by DJ Premier for the album. DJ Premier did not jump at the chance to produce this song. It was Nas who wanted the sample for the track. The sample was one DJ Premier did not want to use.

Nas asked DJ Premier to work his magic over the sample to give him something different. Upon reaching a compromise, DJ Premier produced the track. But, it was not until he heard Nas' lyrics over the track when DJ Premier grew to like it. Before, it had been Premo's least-favorite track off the album.


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