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Nas & DJ Premier Reunite In Their Boastful ‘Beat Breaks’ Collaboration

Nas and DJ Premier have reunited for their first full-fledged collaboration in a decade.

It has been over a decade since Hip-Hop Heads received a Nas song produced by DJ Premier. In late 2011, Nas connected with Premier and The Berklee Symphony Orchestra for “REgeneration”. Four years prior, in 2007, Preemo supplied Nasir Jones, KRS-One, Rakim, and Kanye West with “Classic,” a promotional video single for Nike.

Despite being veterans in the game who originated from a different era, they make this record sound so fresh. This collaboration comes after longtime clamors by fans for Nas to release a project fully produced by Preemo. And while it may not be exactly what they asked for, it is still a linkup for the ages.

Brimming with Hip Hop nostalgia, the track features vintage DJ Premier boom bap production anchored by a breakbeat sample. “Shout to Breakbeat Lenny and Breakbeat Lou,” he says in the intro. Its name is a nod to Nas’ “the smooth criminal on beat breaks” line from the Premo-produced “N.Y. State of Mind,” which he fittingly scratches in.

Nas & DJ Premier’s New Song Takes Hip-Hop Back To Its Golden Era

“Beat Breaks” arrives as part of DJ Premier’s latest EP Hip Hop 50: Volume 1, celebrating 50 years since hip hop’s inception, which also features Lil Wayne, Joey Badass, Rapsody, Slick Rick, Remy Ma, and Run The Jewels. The 56-year-old had this to say about the project: “It’s an honor to kick off this iconic Hip Hop 50 music program. Hip Hop continues to inspire fans across the globe and it’s incredible to think of what the next 50 years will bring. ” DJ Premier intends to bring a lot more, as future iterations of Hip Hop 50: The Soundtrack will include production from Hit-Boy, Mike Will Made-It, Swizz Beats, Mustard, and more.

In addition to Nas, DJ Premier’s Hip Hop 50 Volume 1 boasts appearances from Lil Wayne, Joey Bada$$, Run The Jewels, Slick Rick, Remy Ma, and Rapsody. The five-track EP comes courtesy of Mass Appeal’s Hip Hop 50, a multimedia campaign celebrating the genre’s 50th birthday.

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