DJ Premier has garnered in many great upcoming emcees over the years ranging from such legends as the late great, The Notorious B.I.G. to Nas, Jay-Z and Royce Da 5’9″, among others. Not to also mention in recent years, the likes of A$AP Ferg and Casanova, Preemo has always had his ears to the streets and been the authentic sound of those streets for well over three decades.
So it should be no surprise that the legendary and iconic producer links with one of the hottest labels/crews in the streets right now, Griselda for his latest single, Headlines. The grimey new single features the Griselda trio of Westside Gunn, Conway and Benny the Butcher giving that real raw, authentic and grimey headline stealing bars over Preem’s classic anthemic boom-bap backed production.
A track that was virtually predestined to happen and just what the streets need. It doesn’t get more street, raw and authentic than DJ Premier, Griselda & Payday Records in this full circle moment of some of New York’s most storied street rap movements coming together at just the right time.
Premier saying in a statement how much he wanted to work with the Griselda crew too, before eventually making Headlines. “I’ve wanted to do a record with them individually for a few years now. I had been listening to Westside Ginn first. Conway got my lyrical attention very heavy when Alchemist told me to listen to how he rhymes. Then after I got in tune with Benny’s songs, I immediately knew that in order to follow up the Casanova record (Wut U Said) it made sense to have all three on the same single. ‘Headlines’ was made organically from a blank canvas at my studio at 2am and it happened so fast, and I loved their work ethic. Pull the triger on this one!”