Royce da 5'9" and DJ Premier as PRhyme: "Our Chemistry Is Still Evolving"

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L-R: Royce da 5'9" and DJ Premier
The legendary producer DJ Premier and Detroit MC Royce da 5'9" joined forces for a full-length project last year as the duo PRhyme. The project combines sample-based production that'll be familiar to fans of Premier's early group GangStarr and his work with Jay-Z and Nas. With the gritty lyricism of Slaughterhouse affiliate and frequent Eminem collaborator Royce, the result is a classic approach to beats and rhymes reminiscent of the golden age of rap.

Utilizing only samples from psychedelic soul composer Adrian Younge, Premier provides a solid backdrop for Royce's battle-influenced flows. They've just started their national tour as a group, and Gimme Noise caught up with the pair ahead of Sunday's Fine Line show.

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The Five Best Pre-PRhyme Royce tha 5'9" & DJ Premier Tracks

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The Five Best Pre-PRhyme Royce tha 5'9" & DJ Premier Tracks

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Royce & Premier, side by side.

Royce da 5'9" and DJ Premier, better known together now as PRhyme, have just released their debut collaborative album together. But the two have actually been working together for over a decade. It's been one of the most fruitful partnerships in rap, with both accentuating each others' strengths in a diverse number of ways.

For those who are just now getting into the PRhyme album, here's five cuts they did before this new record that are absolutely worth your attention

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Travi$ Scott Hit the Fine Line Like a Tornado

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Travi$ Scott
Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis
Saturday, February 21, 2015

To put it simply, Houston's Travi$ Scott brought unfettered pandemonium to the Fine Line on Saturday. I hesitate to use terminology like "turnt," "buck," or "crunk" (in the words of Open Mike Eagle: "A journalist should never write a slang editorial") but it's hard to appropriately quantify the specific feel of the energy without words that cover both the slickness and the rage permeating in the room.

Offering up a pair of Yeezy Boosts to the most hyped audience member, Travi$ brought out reckless abandon by putting on a remarkably intense performance for a packed house of animated fans.

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Travi$ Scott Wows the Fine Line

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Five Things You Probably Didn't Know About Pitbull

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Photo by Timothy Norris; slideshow via LA Weekly

There are a lot of well-documented facts everyone knows about Pitbull -- most notably that he knows you want him and you know he wants 'cha. But beyond the dance-floor packing jams and the impeccable ear for beats, the Miami rapper has some of the most-fun fun facts we've encountered.

On Saturday, Pitbull hits the stage at the Target Center for his galvanizing live show with Enrique Iglesias. Here's five things you probably didn't know about Pitbull.

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Why We Worship J. Dilla

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J. Dilla

Producer J. Dilla died nine years ago this month, at his home in Los Angeles. His importance in the hip-hop canon is undisputed, but how, exactly, was his legacy built?

Truth be told, no one much called him "Dilla" in his life because, for the vast majority of his career, he was known as Jay Dee.

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The 10 Best Rap Lyrics About Hockey

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J. Cole wore an Alife hockey jersey for his 2014 Forest Hills Drive cover shoot.

Rap and hockey are two worlds that rarely collide. When it comes to punchlines, Gretzky, Lemieux, and Ovechkin all get less love than Jordan, Bird, and James. Shit, even Drake, the world's foremost Canadian rapper, is more liable to be seen on the Raptors sidelines than cheering on the Maple Leafs.

Rhymers are digging into NHL rosters, though. When they do, it's worth taking a few moments to celebrate. Here are our 10 favorite rap lyrics about hockey players. Call it two minutes for name-checking.

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The 10 Best Moments From Open Mike Eagle's Secret Skin Podcast

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In addition to his hip-hop skills, Open Mike Eagle is a gifted conversationalist who gets into some deep territory during interviews with fellow artists as part of his Secret Skin podcast for the Infinite Guest network.

This Friday, the rapper who is about to join Doomtree on the road will tape a new podcast episode live at the UBS Forum in St. Paul, featuring Carnage and Aby Wolf alongside Chicago rapper Psalm One. Judging by the thought-provoking material that has come before, this should be a great discussion. Here are our ten favorite moments from the 12 episodes of Secret Skin released so far.

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Open Mike Eagle on the hip-hop and podcast sides of his brain

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Rhymesayers Unearth Atmosphere's 20-Year-Old "Ear Blister" Video

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Here's some 20-year-old footage of Slug.
This year, local indie rap label Rhymesayers have hit 20 years in existence. They're celebrating by digging up artifacts from their early days.

One just emerged in the form of Urban Atmosphere's "Ear Blister," a peek into Atmosphere's initial incarnation in 1995 with rap partner Spawn. Check out the DIY footage and vintage track below.

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How Mystikal Linked Up With Mark Ronson for "Feel Right"

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There's only one thing more invigorating and inspiring than a good comeback story, and that's a story that involves New Orleans rapper Mystikal. Naturally, the return of Mystikal to our ears once again is a welcome development. One element we admittedly didn't expect would be Mystikal's collaboration with Mark Ronson on the producer's spankin' new Uptown Special album. (That's the album with the unavoidable Bruno Mars collaboration "Uptown Funk.")

Ronson's lush updates of the soul genre have traditionally worked best with abundantly charismatic MCs like Ghostface Killah and Q-Tip, so the prospect of hearing one of the most galvanizing artists to ever touch a mic on the track seemed like a home run. The resulting track, "Feel Right" is a can't miss, won't miss single that even exceeded our lofty expectations.

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5 Classic West Coast Rap Albums Turning 20 in 2015

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2Pac was Against the World in '95

While 1994 was undeniably a great year for hip-hop, fans have plenty of 20th anniversaries to celebrate this year as well. Whether getting "Sumpin' New" from the mainstream or seeing boundaries pushed until they "bounce" in the underground, 1995 had something for everybody and its influence is still being felt today.

Here are five classic West Coast rap albums turning 20 in 2015.

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