Last Monday, the Internet was buzzing over the surprise announcement of DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9’ teaming up for something big. In a small video clip, the pair visited Adrian Younge's record store, and later on played an untitled track with Royce rapping, “This is for the real hip-hop niggas who would never ever, ever ask me am I here to replace Guru.”

Talks of the two making a joint project together immediately followed, but the wait is finally over. Preemo and Nickel Nine have shared exclusively with XXL that they're putting out their first official full-length collaboration LP, set to drop sometime this year. Featuring the likes of Killer Mike, Jay Electronica, Common, Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q, Slaughterhouse, Mac Miller and Dwele for the LP, the duo are planning to go big or go home with the project.

“I want people to appreciate the fact that we didn’t compromise in lieu of the environment. In order to try to change the way that people digest music, we had to take a leap of faith,” says Royce. DJ Premier adds, “The bar has to be high. For this album to be another body of work and another chapter for both of our lives."

On the self-titled album, PRhyme will have all its production by Premier, as well as all the samples will be taken from Adrian Younge.

“I’ve never sampled just one artist, I’m known for my reputation and my creativity," says Premier. "I wanted it to be my traditional thing where I sample everything I find, but I am really proud how the project came out and Royce is one hell of a pusher.”

Although the legendary producer was skeptical of the idea at first, Royce convinced him that'll be a special project that'll make hip-hop history. “I started going through Adrian’s catalog and it was just making me a fan of his,” Royce says. “It was really inspiring me to want to make music. As Premier started sending me music and I started writing, it was falling into place. It was making me excited about going into the studio.”

This marks the first collaboration from Premier since being one-half of the iconic Gang Starr with Guru.

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