Late in 2014, DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9″ teamed up for one of the year’s most critically acclaimed albums in PRhyme. Recently, Preem spoke with The New York Observer about how he and Royce Da 5’9″ are not finished with their work together yet. In fact, they may have a masked surprise in store for fans soon.
“The album’s doing really good,” he said. “We’re shooting a video for every song on it and Royce and I are hitting the road in February. We’re also getting ready to release the deluxe version with three to five new cuts on it. I can’t name all of the artists on it, but we’ve got MF Doom on one. We’re putting that out on 45-inch box set and digital.”
DJ Premier, who is closing D&D Studios/HeadQCourterz after 25 years of working there, also spoke to the Observer about his bond and time there with the late great Guru.
“We’d fight all the time and then immediately afterwards be like, ‘I love you.’ I have no complex about saying that,” Premier explained. “We’d hug like long-lost brothers and then his line was always, ‘Yo, let’s go out tonight.’ He loved to drink and chase women. That was his thing apart from making money and recording music. Through all the fights though, we’d always motivate each other and it fueled the music.”
In the interview, Premier also said he’s still open to working on a full-length album with Nas once the Queens MC is ready to make it happen. It looks like Premier is still excited about working, even if D&D’s storied doors are closing.