Soulo calls working with Premo “a dream come true”
Ab-Soul finally had the opportunity to work with DJ Premier on his upcoming album, Herbert, which arrives on Friday (December 16). In an interview with Vulture published this week, Soulo explained how he connected with the iconic producer and what it was like to be locked in with him.
The California rapper admitted that Preemo put a lot of pressure on him and even had him re-record “Gotta Rap” several times. “I knew I needed him this time around. He definitely put me to work. I had to do it about five or six times until he found the right frequency,” Soul explained.
He went on to expound that the issue had nothing to do with his songwriting. “No, not rewriting. He liked the verse, but I had to match the frequency of the record, because I guess that was one of his favorite beats. So he wanted to make sure I came correct. That was the first time anybody ever made me re-record. So that was humbling. But it’s Preemo.”
He continued that he always dreamt of working extensively with Premier, before revealing that they first linked up while working on a Royce Da ‘9” collab at Mac Miller’s home. “‘Gotta Rap’ was a dream come true. Before I even had my official stage name, when I was just Snap G, I knew I always wanted a Preemo beat,” he said. “Preemo keeps his ear to the streets. I can honestly say I do get the respect of being the last of the lyricists, that cloth. I’ve met him in passing before, but we connected when he did PRhyme.
“I was at my brother Mac Miller’s crib. We was working on some other stuff, and Royce sent me the record. I was like, ‘Yo, Mac is over here, too.’ He’s like, ‘What? Oh yeah, y’all go crazy.’ And we did that off of the love, so Preemo hit me immediately like, ‘Yo, you went fucking crazy. You know I got you. I owe you one.’ I said, ‘Okay, yeah. I’m going to hold you to that.’”