In a recent interview with XXLMag.com, DJ Premier revealed that he has a disc’s worth of unreleased Gang Starr songs as well as hours of video footage that he plans to edit for commercial release.
According to Preem, he has at least five songs with Guru, and there are people overseas that are willing to give him around eight songs to remix. “There are guys in Europe who say that they have seven or eight,” he said. “It’s songs he did with them and they never finished it and they said I can have them. They reached out and were like, As long as you’re doing it. You can have the vocals. They are all brand new, from like a year and a half ago. I listened to them and I’ll make them shits sound like we were together. Well, we will be together because spiritually, he’s with me for the rest of my life.”
Along with the CD of new music, he is currently editing thousands of hours of video footage that he plans to put together for an accompanying DVD. “I have footage from the very first show we ever performed,” he shared. “It was Ice-T, Queen Latifah and Monie Love. She was in the bathroom nervous trying to remember her rhymes for ‘Ladies First.’ Special Ed told her it would be ok and then Monie Love killed it. It was us, Tribe, Latifah and then Ice-T. Ice T introduced me to a DAT machine. I was like, ‘Wow.’ This was 1989. I have that tape.”
“I’m putting together a Gang Starr DVD because I’ve been filming since 1989,” he continued. “I did all the filming until 1993. Then I started bringing guys with me. I have hundreds and hundreds of tapes of me and Guru arguing in the airport. Him and Shug fighting. Guru tried fighting everyone. Now, you look at it and it’s like, Damn, I miss that.”
As of press time, there is no release date for the project.
Meanwhiel, the legendary producer just released his new compilation DJ Premier Present Year One Records: Get Used to Us, earlier this week.
Stay tuned next week for our full Q&A with DJ Premier later today on XXLMag.com. —Jesse Gissen with reporting by Thomas Golianopoulos