Although 2014 is already in full effect, hip-hop pioneer DJ Premier has unleashed his own personalized “Top 20 Hip-Hop Songs of 2013″ list.
Preemo paid homage to certified classics like Jay Z‘s “Open Letter” and Drake’s “Pound Cake.”
20. Busta Rhymes – Thank You (Feat. Q-Tip, Kanye West & Lil Wayne) 19. Dawhud – Battle Anybody (Feat. ACE one) 18. Jay-Z – Open Letter 17. Rapsody – Kingship 16. Statik Selektah – Bird’s Eye View (Feat. Raekwon, Joey Bada$$, & Black Thought) 15. Papoose – Faith 14. Drake – Pound Cake (Feat. Jay-Z) 13. Demigodz – Just Can’t Quit (Feat. Motive, Blacastan, Ryu & Scoop Deville) 12. K-Rino – Antagonistic Radio 11. Joell Ortiz – Roll Deep (DJ Premier Blog)
The iconic producer also snuck in some unexpected bangers like De La Soul‘s “Get Away” and Durag Dynasty‘s “360 Waves.”
10. P-Money – The Hardest (Feat. M.O.P.) 09. Rick Ross – Oil Money Gang (Feat. Jadakiss) 08. DITC Ent. – Come and Get Me 07. Bumpy Knuckles – Word (Feat. Sy Ari da Kid) 06. Durag Dynasty – 360 Waves 05. H. Stax – Field Nigga 04. Big Sean – Control (Feat. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica) 03. De La Soul – Get Away 02. Pusha T – Nosetalgia (Feat. Kendrick Lamar) 01. Jakk Frost – Beard Gang Initiation (Feat. Malik B & Nima AB) (DJ Premier Blog)
Premier recently spoke to SOHH about launching a digital Gang Starr pop up store.
“The pop up shop is a stepping stone to the upcoming official Gang Starr website that is being launched to feed not only the starving fans of Gang Starr, but mainly to feed the future of Guru’s son KC. I have joined forces with him, and of course the Elam family in this venture because it is the right thing to do in the spirit of Keith’s contributions to our culture. Our merch has always been a huge hit at our shows, and I constantly get numerous requests via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and in-person when people see me asking me where can they buy shirts, hats, etc. My management team suggested that during the Christmas holidays that we do the pop up shop while the “roof gets placed on the house” so to speak.” (SOHH)
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