DJ Premier Talks Rejected Beats, Recreating Illmatic Line-Up

posted January 07, 2009 08:18:05 AM CST | 74 comments

When Nas and Jay-Z albums had a production credit from DJ Premier back in the 90s, fans could expect a classic record. Nowadays though, the collaborations between two of New Yorks most famous rappers and Primo have been virtually nonexistent. Speaking with Goods magazine, Premier explained his feelings on being denied a beat, and what it would be like if there was a sequel to Illmatic.

After referring to a beat not used on Nas latest album, Untitled, Primo stated that Hova took the same route with his 2007 release American Gangster. I did a beat for American Gangster and he didnt use it. Im not bitter, but my main thing is just letting me know you aint using it. If you dont call me and just say I aint using it, thatll get me a little bothered cause [they] know me...Just say, this aint it Primo, and Im cool.

Though it would be difficult to pinpoint DJ Premiers greatest beats, Illmatic would definitely be a good place to start. Reminiscing about the way Illmatic came together, Primo couldnt help but confess one his deepest desires; I wish Nas would do an album again with just the original team.

Naming a production line up that many could only imagine, Primo expressed his expectations for this dream project. Me, Q-Tip, Large Pro[fessor], Pete [Rock] and L.E.S. If Nas could just do one album with all of us again it would be over successful because we all gonna come with it.

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