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DJ Premier on Clearing the Air with Lil Uzi Vert: “The Dude Is Up on So Much Hip-Hop”

"People think because of the style of records he makes he doesn’t know our generation."
DJ Premier comments about Lil Uzi Vert, 2018

On Friday, March 16, PRhyme, the duo consisting of legendary producer DJ Premier and veteran MC Royce da 5'9", will release their long-awaited sophomore album. 

While the 17-track PRhyme 2 is chocked full of featured guests, including 2 Chainz, Big K.R.I.T., Rapsody and Roc Marciano, among others, one name that doesn't appear on the tracklisting is Lil Uzi Vert. According to Premier, though, that wasn't the original plan.

“Lil Uzi Vert was supposed to do “Everyday Struggle,” Premier told DJBooth scribe Yoh. "Royce gave him a blueprint of singing the hook, but he didn’t really want to sing that hook, he wanted to do his own. He said, 'I’ll write my own hook, and I want to do a verse. I can rap to those types of beats.' He was on a major tour, his schedule was through the roof crazy. I would check in with DJ Drama and [Don] Cannon and they were staying on top of it, but we couldn’t get it [done] in the time frame of the album. Maybe we will do it later or a remix. He was down to do it.” 

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As for Lil Uzi Vert's decision to not freestyle over the "Mass Appeal" beat during a 2016 guest appearance on Ebro in The Morning on Hot 97, Preemo told Yoh that the entire incident is water under the bridge.

"I spoke to him on the phone, we cleared the air on the miscommunication on the, our generation vs his generation. We had a dope conversation," Preemo said. "The dude is up on so much hip-hop. People think because of the style of records he makes he doesn’t know our generation. He even said, 'When Ebro put on the "Mass Appeal" instrumental and I said I didn’t want to rap on it, [had] he [played] the “Full Clip” instrumental, I would’ve torn that up.' We just laughed. I didn’t have to mention that, he mentioned that. He said, 'Preem, ‘People fail to realize I’m from Philly. How would I not be up on stuff? Philly is up on everything.’ and he’s right."

Yoh's full-length interview with DJ Premier will be published on Monday, March 12, which will be followed by a second full-length feature with Royce da 5'9".

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