The last month has been filled with “1st’s” for Torii Wolf; premiering her debut solo track, 1st,â€ with Pitchfork and the corresponding video with Vevo, announcing her debut solo album, Flow Riiot, (that just happens to be produced by DJ Premier) and now her â€œ1stâ€ remix featuring Dilated Peoples; which was premiered today by Mass Appeal.
The original version of â€œ1stâ€ found Premier digging into his past catalog and reshuffling the deck on a Rakka Iriscience vocal sample from his â€œGood As Goneâ€ production which appeared on Dilated Peoples Directors Of Photography album to create another spellbinding scratch-chorus â€œIâ€™ve seen the last come first, Iâ€™ve seen the first last.â€ With the release of the remix today, â€œ1stâ€ has officially come full circle as Torii and Preemo recruit Evidence and Rakka to officially join them; and with their respective verses and Premier implementing extra punch to the drums and additional piano harmoniesâ€”the â€œ1stâ€ (Remix) sounds like an entirely different song.
â€œI changed the arrangement of Torii’s verses and removed the second verse completelyâ€ Premier relayed to Mass Appeal. â€œI added some extra piano harmonies and it fit on the first attempt. I played all of the sounds; including the piano so there are no samples on the original nor the remix. Ev and Rakaa sent me 24 bars in total and I split them up into a sixteen and an eight bar set up. They sounded so good from the original it was a no brainer to get them on the Remix.â€
â€œWhen I first laid the song down with Preem we didn’t really know where the song would end up” Torii stated. Preem makes the beat and I express the emotion it evokes inside of me. From there it evolves. Preem is brilliant and he found the perfect line from â€œGood As Goneâ€ to throw into the mix of the song. I am blown away by what Evidence and Raaka have come up with on this Remix. I love how well they were able to connect with the concept. To feel understood and to hear how other people can unleash a similar emotion (in their own words) and share an understanding of the story is an incredible feeling.â€
Discussing the â€œ1stâ€ (Remix) with Mass Appeal, Ev and Rakaa discuss how Remix discussions began in earnest almost immediately. â€œI thought it was dope right off the batâ€ Evidence shared. â€œI kept playing it and really peeped what she was talking about; and felt it even more. Of course I was excited that Preem was cutting our voices up. I think every rapper secretly wishes that will happen to them.â€ Rakaa expressed similar sentiments â€œWhen I first heard the original, I was kind of shocked because I didn’t know we were going to be such an integral part of the song. It’s just a line, but Premier put that coal under pressure until it became a diamond. The power and emotion of Tori’s voice mixed with a uniquely dope chamber of Boom-Bap created something that is somehow both dark and brilliant–almost haunting. I wanted to be a part of any remix that they were doing immediately, so it was an honor to get the call from my big brother.â€
â€œ1stâ€ and its accompanying Remix offer just a glimpse at the musical symmetry and bond Torii developed with Premier; a Hip-Hop king who has a habit of contributing and producing historic projects behind the boards. Torii Wolfâ€™s forthcoming debut brings a full clip of moods, range, and vast musical talent. Torii and Premierâ€™s collaborative union bum-rushes the walls of genre, age, and expectations to let the world know thereâ€™s a Flow Riiot going on.
iTunes: 1st – Single – Torii Wolf
Mass Appeal Interview: http://massappeal.com/premiere-torii-wolf-dilated-peoples-1st-remix-dj-premier/