Nearly 15 years ago, Dilated Peoples and DJ Premier crossed paths on their sophomore album, Expansion Team. The trio from Los Angeles, California did just that, on an LP that also featured production from Questlove, The Beatnuts, and Da Beatminerz. Preemo’s Gang Starr brother Guru would also appear on the Top 40 album.
Premier and his “Works Of Mart” sounds would help take Evidence, Rakaa Iriscience, and DJ Babu to the next level in their journey towards the top of early 2000s Underground Hip-Hop. In 2016, the Rhymesayers Entertainment-backed trio is back to help out Preemo and his latest pupil, Torii Wolf. Following Wolf’s video single “1st,” the Dilated squad joins in for a mix of their own.
While Torii is not a Hip-Hop artist, the DJ Premier-produced single featured some cut-in vocals from 2014’s video single “Good As Gone” from the most recent D.P. album. To build upon that, Preemo made subtle changes (adding some piano melodies and dropping a verse out entirely) to the sample-free beat, making room for Evidence and Rakaa to join his party, and blend the genres of three great voices, along with a legends who speaks with his hands. From a producer who made some legendary remixes, this more than just an a la carte verse add-on.
Torii’s upcoming album, Flow Riot (an anagram of her name) is entirely produced by Premier. It is the first time in his 25-plus-year career that he has fully produced an album outside of the Hip-Hop genre.