DJ Premier came up in New York City as one of hip-hop’s most talented producers, contributing to countless classic records during the genre’s golden era as he worked with the likes of KRS-One, Rakim, Nas, Biggie, and many more. Many artists would record their respective classics in New York’s iconic D&D studios, where Premier would craft some of his most memorable instrumentals.
In episode 15 of DJ Premiers, “So Wassup?” Youtube series, the New York-based producer tells the backstory of the classic posse cut, “1,2 Pass It,” from the D&D All-Stars. Included on the track was Mad Lion, Doug E. Fresh, KRS-One, Fat Joe, Smif-N-Wessun, and Jeru The Damaja.
With the studio at full capacity, there were plenty of legends in the studio crafting this timeless track. Unfortunately, one particular hip-hop icon was left out of the studio during the recording of “1,2 Pass It.” A young, up-and-coming Jay-Z could not get into the booth the evening because the studio was too full.
“The great icon himself, Jay-Z, was outside, and he was not let in because Dave told Jay ‘its way too many people in here,’” Preemo explained. “He waited for a minute and gave it another shot, still couldn’t get in, and Jay left. And look what he’s become.” Preemo laughed.
How do you think Hov would have sounded on this classic posse cut? Be sure to watch the entire episode of Preemo’s “So Wassup?” and stay tuned for more hip-hop news.