Before the surprise release of “Beats That Collected Dust, Vol. 3” in September, it had been over a decade since DJ Premier released a volume of the fan-favorite series.
As is the case with every volume, every beat has its own unique origin story; from who they initially may have been produced for, to why they ended up collecting ‘dust.’ The beats may be dusty, but they still bang, and one of “Beats That Collected Dust, Vol. 3” standouts, “In Moe,” has now added another chapter to its story, as the instrumental has been graced with vocals from legendary multi-hyphenate Common.
While it’s been far too long since they last collaborated, Preem and Common demonstrate they still “play life and music in the same key,” and just like they did with “The 6th Sense,” which is the lead single from Common’s classic “Like Water For Chocolate” album, the duo catch lightning in a bottle again with “In Moe.”
“In October, I posted a clip of me playing the ‘In Moe’ (Instrumental) Vinyl on IG, and the comments went crazy. It’s currently at 4.4 million views. Artists like Busta Rhymes, Action Bronson, and Common said they would love to rhyme on it,” DJ Premier shares.
The legendary producer added, “Common delivered a dope verse that same week. On the night of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame event, Chaka Khan went on her IG Live during her induction and brought Common onstage during her performance to do the Melle Mel verse of ‘I Feel For You.’ I called him the next morning to see if we could do a video at my studio while he was still in NY. We only had a short window, due to me going to 45 King’s funeral, and then to another wake later that night for my co-manager’s father-in-law. The energy was very positive that day, and we accomplished the mission.“