One of my all time favourite DJ videos is Benji B’s string ensemble performance where he crafts a flowing mix with the help of a room full of real musicians. Now on a much smaller scale, but definitely in the same vein is DJ Premier, who swung by NPR Music’s Tiny Desk sessions to perform a lunchtime set of his classic tracks, ably backed by the Badder Band.

Track listing:

  • KRS-One – “KRS-One Attacks”
  • KRS-One – “MC’s Act Like They Don’t Know”
  • Das Efx – “Real Hip-Hop”
  • Nas – “Nas Is Like”
  • Jeru The Damaja – “Da Bichez”
  • Gang Starr – “Step In The Arena”
  • Gang Starr feat. M.O.P. – “1/2 & 1/2”
  • Royce Da 5’9 – “Boom”
  • Gang Starr – “Moment Of Truth”

The idea of having a band providing a steady backing track to a mix is cool, especially when that mix is provided by DJ Premier. Good work.