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DJ Premier Explains How 'Star Trek' Inspired M.O.P.'s "Brownsville"

On episode 19 of DJ Premier’s Youtube series “So Wassup?” the legendary Texas producer gives the backstory of M.O.P.’s single “Brownsville,” from their 1996 sophomore album Firing Squad. 

Preemo explains that fellow Gang Starr member, Guru, used to refer to M.O.P. as “Run-DMC on steroids” for their aggressive and over-the-top energy. “When you go to their shows, all you see is black army jackets, gold teeth, and just a look of people you just don’t wanna cross.” 

When crafting the instrumental to the single, Preemo was inspired by the sound effects in sci-fi films like Star Trek, wanting to produce a track that sounded out of this world.

“I’ve always been into these weird spaced out [sounds],” Preemo explained. “Shout out to Pharrell; I saw him do an interview with Mark Ronson. I saw him talk about how he comes from the era of Star Trek, and he’s always been into space sounds. I’m not a Treky, but it was part of my childhood coming up.”

“Sound-wise, I like to just experiment with things so I can show the versatility of a producer is not in one box.” he continued. “I was going through sounds, and I found something that sounds like communication sounds.”

Preemo programmed the alien-inspired sounds over the drums, making the track one of his most experimental to date. 

Check out the full episode of DJ Premier’s “So Wassup?” below, and stay tuned for more hip-hop news. 

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