DJ Premier
DJ Premier
DJ Premier performing with Gang Starr in Hamburg, 2000

Birth name

Christopher Edward Martin

Also known as

Preem, Premo, Waxmaster C


21 March 1966 (age 54)
Houston, Texas, U.S.


Brooklyn, New York City, NY


Hip hop, East Coast hip hop


Record producer, DJ

Years active



  • Wild Pitch/EMI, Chrysalis/EMI, Virgin/EMI, Year Round

Associated acts

AZ, Big L, Blaq Poet, D.I.T.C., Fat Joe, Freddie Foxxx, The Game, Gang Starr, Gang Starr Foundation, Jay-Z, Jeru the Damaja, Joey Bada$$, Kool G Rap, KRS-One, M.O.P., Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., Royce da 5'9", Termanology, Torae

Christopher Edward Martin (born 21 March 1966), better known by his stage name DJ Premier, is an American record producer and DJ. Premier was the instrumental half of the hip hop duo Gang Starr - alongside rapper Guru - and forms half of the hip hop duo PRhyme with Royce da 5'9".

Born in Houston and raised in Prairie View, Texas and Brooklyn, New York during his teen years, Premier met Guru when the latter was searching for a DJ to join Gang Starr in 1989. The duo had six acclaimed studio albums from 1989 to 2003, before splitting in 2004. His membership as the production side of Gang Starr established DJ Premier as one of the most respected and in demand producers in the New York hip hop scene. Premier's style of production epitomises the New York sound of his earlier peers, and features samples from jazz, funk and soul artists. In addition, his encyclopedic memory of hip hop lyrics allows him to distinctively speak with his hands by scratching in lyrics from several different songs to create new phrases.

DJ Premier is often referred to as one of the greatest hip hop producers of all time.


Main article: DJ Premier production discography

With Gang Starr


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