DJ Premier is a Wizard, Builds Gang Starr's "Who's Gonna Take The Weight" Live

The legendary producer revisited the 1991 classic during a recent concert in New York.

There has been plenty of talk this year of DJs and producers who fake it onstage.

When you're a legend like DJ Premier though, there's no room for half-stepping as the timeless beatsmith proved earlier this month at a show at Gramercy Theater in New York. The set served as the first live look at the entirety of PRhyme, the collective of Premier, Royce Da 5'9" and Adrian Younge, and during an intermission Premier unleashed something special for those in attendance. Our friends at AFH were in attendance to capture the goods.

Taking advantage of a break in the action, Premier built up the breakdown of his 1991 Gang Starr classic "Who's Gonna Take The Weight." 

Taking fans back over twenty years, to a time before Logic and Ableton, the living legend offered up a quick class of how to build the beat with more antiquated techniques.

No matter how deep we move into the digital age, the aesthetics of using turntables to create should continue to be an endearing part of the hip-hop legacy. Catch the full video below.


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