DJ Premier Talks History of Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘Ten Crack Commandments’
DJ Premier has produced hundreds of classic hip-hop songs, and some of the best joints were with the late Notorious B.I.G. In an interview with the Combat Jack Show, Premo revealed that ‘Ten Crack Commandments’ wasn’t initially for Biggie.
The legendary Gang Starr DJ-producer explained that he made the beat originally for Hot 97 personality Angie Martinez. Her popular countdown segment “Top 5 at 9″ needed a promo song and Premier laced her with an instrumental. Rapper Jeru da Damaja also recorded a verse for the track, which became a staple on Martinez’s show.
That is until Diddy (known as Puff back then) and Biggie heard the promo while visiting her show. The Bad Boy Records mogul was so adamant to have the song for Biggie’s second album, ‘Life After Death,’ he yelled for Premier to call them live on the air.
“I hear them go, ‘Yo Premier, if you out there, call me!’” he told Combat Jack.
While Damaja and B.I.G. had beef during that time, Premier asked Damaja if they could use the beat. Graciously, Damaja said it was cool, stating, “It’s hip-hop.”
The rest, they say, is rap history.
Biggie’s ‘Ten Crack Commandments’ became one of the standout tracks on his classic album, ‘Life After Death.’
Elsewhere in the interview, DJ Premier goes on to talk about his on-and-off relationship with Jay-Z and how he works in the studio. It’s a fascinating conversation.
Listen to Notorious B.I.G.’s Song ‘Ten Crack Commandments’