1. LINK: DJ Premier on the Making of Gang Starr’s Hard to Earn.

    BONUS: Hard to Earn Instrumentals Mix by
    Up North Trip’s
    The Vinylcologist (AUDIO).

    DJ Premier: “I said, ‘I’m gonna strip this album down,’ just to show that I could use things other than jazz samples. We both wanted to show that anything I use is going to be a hip-hop beat. We said we were going to make it as raw as possible, and less musical, on purpose, just to show we’re good on any track, together.”

    In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Gang Starr ’s fourth album, we recommend you check out this Nah Right article in which DJ Premier shares stories about sharing a Brooklyn brownstone with Guru , the late rapper’s method of working in the studio, and the time the duo “had a big fist fight.” The track-by-track breakdown is essential.

    LINK: Read “The Making of Gang Starr’s Hard to Earn with DJ Premier” by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus).

    As a bonus, check out this real dope Hard To Earnstrumentals mix by The Vinylcologist . Aiiight Chill…

    [Via Up North Trips ]

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