DJ Premier: My Life in 15 Songs

Gang Starr co-founder and producer behind Nas, Jay-Z and Notorious B.I.G. classics recalls early days, lawsuits and working with Limp Bizkit

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Limp Bizkit feat. Method Man, "N 2 Gether Now" (1999)

[Limp Bizkit's] Fred [Durst] wasn't that good as a MC but he said to me, "Look, man, I don't rap that good. I know I'm not that nice. But if you can record me and make me sound better, I think we can make this record a hit." The thing that convinced me to be a part of it was Method Man was on it. DJ Lethal already had that main lick so I put my own bass and drum pattern on it. I said if I can get [Fred] to just rap it better, we can probably skate through. I just didn't want my audience to be mad at me. I was happy with the finished project, though.

I don't put [Limp Bizkit] in a hip-hop box. They just a pop-rock group. Years later, we had a little tension over a business situation but Fred once hired me to play the Playboy Mansion at a Limp Bizkit pajama party. Hugh Hefner said, "I just have to say one more thing before we get back to the party: 'Thank God for nookie.'" [Laughs] Thank you so much, Fred. Rest in peace to my homie Headqcourterz; he got kicked out twice but they let him back in. 

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