DJ Premier has spent a quarter of a century of his life making incredible music with hip-hop icons on the fourth floor of 320 West 37th Street. But after 25 years of making hip-hop history, D&D Studios has officially closed its doors for the last time. As he took down his in-wall speakers and moved out every last piece of equipment and vinyl that was stored there, Premier took some time to reflect upon a monumental chapter of his life that came to an end.
“The building was sold in order to change it from commercial business to residential and our leases would not be renewed, so basically that means, ‘Everybody out!'” said Premier.
Since he first occupied the space in 1991 to record Gang Starr’s third album Daily Operation, Premo has mixed, mastered and created classic hits for artists like Gang Starr, Rakim, KRS-One, Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Nas, Christina Aguilera, D’Angelo, Janet Jackson, Mos Def, Common, Jeru The Damaja, Bumpy Knuckles, The Game, M.O.P., Snoop Dogg, Cee-Lo, Mac Miller, Kanye West, Slaughterhouse, and Mack Wilds as well as unreleased music with Miguel, Wale, Scarface, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes and Joey Bada$$. D&D, which was renamed “HeadQcourterz” after the passing of his friend Kenneth “HeadQcourterz” Walker, was also the birthplace of Premier’s most recent release PRhyme with Royce Da 5’9″.
“It is tough to accept after so many years making that much history there, but life is good and I will continue to make hot music. Passion never leaves your soul and I have a lot of it so I’m ready to continue on,” said Premier.
HeadQcourterz will be relocated to KAS Music And Sound at Kaufman Astoria Studios in Astoria, Queens, where he will push forward with his label Year Round Records. The label will be responsible for releasing his debut album, Last Session @ 320 (which will include major guest stars) and his independent album projects with artists like NYGz, MC Eiht, Lady Of Rage, and Khaleel. Premier will also be using his new studio to pursue the television and film scoring world as well as curating a new tour with a live band to play his abundance of classic hits.