DJ Premier (also known as “Preemo”) is a Grammy Award-winning producer and DJ, known for a production style that epitomizes the classic New York City sound. Despite hailing from Texas, Premier moved to Brooklyn in his teens, which undoubtedly had an influence on his signature artistry.
Premier got his start alongside late rapper Guru in the late ‘80s, as part of the now-defunct group, Gang Starr. Then attending Prairie View A&M University and DJing on campus as “Waxmaster C,” Premier sent Guru a beat tape, which led to an invite to join the group as they were going through a change in lineup.
Premier would go on to produce all projects under the Gang Starr umbrella, and the duo saw a great amount of success throughout the ‘90s, often being heralded as pioneers of the “Golden Era” of New York City rap. After seven albums together, the pair disbanded in 2006, and Premier continued to produce for various artists.
Throughout his decades-long career, Premier has produced for The Notorious B.I.G., Snoop Dogg, Jay Z, Big Daddy Kane, Dr. Dre, Christina Aguilera, Slaughterhouse, Busta Rhymes, Joey Bada$$, The LOX, Kanye West and many more. He has also joined forces with rapper Royce Da 5’9” to form the duo, PRhyme. To date, PRhyme has released one eponymous album, which debuted at Number 7 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart.
Premier also runs a successful studio in New York dubbed “The HeadQcourterz,” (formerly D&D Studios) which moved from its original Manhattan location to Astoria, Queens in 2015. His radio Show of the same name airs on Sirius/XM.