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DJ Premier Is Working On Joey Bada$$’ Upcoming Album, Rapsody’s Mixtape With Raekwon And Wale


DJ Premier took some time out of his insanely busy schedule to hop on the phone with XXL and talk about some of his upcoming projects, including getting Joey Bada$$ back into the studio after his long tour to work on his debut album, and a beat he did for Rapsody’s upcoming mixtape and the Slaughterhouse album.

“[Joey Bada$$ and I] actually just got a chance to go back into the lab, ’cause he’s been on tour quite extensively with Statik Selektah,” Preem said on working with the young Brooklyn MC; the two collaborated previously on “Unorthodox,” which was released in January and eventually found a home on Joey’s recent Summer Knights mixtape. “They’re actually booked into one of my studios here to just crack down and knock the album out. I just did a Slaughterhouse record, I just got a call to work with Jadakiss on his record. The Slaughterhouse [one], we finished it yesterday—or we recorded it yesterday, didn’t finish it yet.”

Premier also has a couple new artists he’s working with signed to his Year Round Records label—Khaleel and Boston-based R&B singer Frank Vocals—and did some work with Rapsody on her upcoming mixtape, due out August 20th, which also features a number of other big name guests. “I did some work with Rapsody—there was a beat that I had while I was working on the Ludacris sessions, it’s very left field,” he said. It’s for her new Gangsta Grillz mixtape that she’s doing with DJ Drama out August 20th. I gotta get the master to 9th Wonder, and I’m sitting here talking to you; they need it right now. But they got Raekwon, me, quite a few people, Wale. Mine is just a little short jam.”

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