DJ Premier is a purist at heart. He picks samples based on feeling and the beats he creates from them are all about honoring that vibe. That lineage has played out from his parents record collection growing up in Houston to his own expansive discography over the last 30 years.

“Because You’re Mine: Searching For The Children Of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins” by Hanif Abdurraqib // The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Kick In The Door,” produced by DJ Premier, is infused with the spirit of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ classic “I Put A Spell on You.” Hanif Abdurraqib looks at the art and life of Hawkins, a man who seemed to live multiple lives, and when he died, left behind dozens of children — many of whom he didn’t know. That essay is here:


Host: Rodney Carmichael; Producers: Nick Michael, CJ Riculan, Maia Stern; Animator: CJ Riculan; Directory Of Photography: Colin Marshall; Editor: Maia Stern; Videographers: Colin Marshall, Morgan Noelle Smith, CJ Riculan, Tsering Bista; Audio Recording Engineer: Andy Huether; Audio Mix Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Production Assistant: Shanti Hands; Supervising Producer: Nick Michael; Senior Producer: Abby O’Neill; Consulting Editor: Jacob Ganz; Managing Editor: Becky Lettenberger; Executive Producers: Anya Grundmann, Keith Jenkins, Lauren Onkey; Special Thanks: Alex Ariff, Bobby Carter, Charlie Ferguson

“It’s All Because She’s Gone,” Steve Davis, Music (1970)
“The Planet,” Gang Starr, Hard To Earn (1994)
“I Put A Spell On You,” Screamin Jay Hawkins (1956)
“Kick In The Door,” Notorious B.I.G., Life After Death (1997)
“Kung Fu,” Curtis Mayfield, Sweet Exorcist (1974)
“Nice Girl, Wrong Place,” Gang Starr, The Ownerz (2003)
“Rose Water”, DJ Face [series theme track]


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