From one legendary producer to another, The Technicians newest installment in their mixtape series is dedicated to none other than the great DJ Premier. Labeled as "DJ Premier's Finest", the 26 track compilation features some of Premiers finest guest production credits from the past couple years, along with some classics thrown in. While the album displays vintage Premier front to back, it really doesn't represent DJ Premiers finest material. As most of the tracks featured on the album are questionable in terms of describing them as Premier's best material.
Tracks such as the lackluster "Invincible" by Capone N Noreaga, "Sonya Blade's "Look For The Name", Afu-Ra's "Big Acts, Little Acts, "Voodoo Child", and Royce DA 5'9's "Boom" are range from solid to memorable tracks but wouldn't be describe as Premiers finest. However, one has to give the Technicians credit, it is almost impossible to pick 26 of Premiers finest material, which ranges over a decade. However, it did seem The Technicians wanted to display more of Premiers newer material, as only one Gangstarr joint is featured on the album "The Militia Remix" featuring Rakim and W.C.
The only aspect of "DJ Premier's Finest" which falters is its track selection, but beyond that the album is marvelous. The whole album is mixed to perfection as The Technicians continue to display their amazing turntabalism skills. However, the albums true highlights of course come from the classic Primo joints laced on the album. With a great mix of old classics Biggie's "10 Crack Commandments" & "Unbelievable", Krs One's "MCs Act Like They Don't Know" & "Krs One Attacks", Nas's "I Gave You Power", Jigga's "A Million and One Questions Remix" and Jeru's "Come Clean". And a great mix of newer classics Bumpy Knuckles' "Part Of My Life", "The Best Part by J-Live", "The First Nigga" by G. Rap, the album manages to capture the true essence of Primo.
The Technicians once again come through with a solid compilation album that every Hip-Hop head should have. While the track selection is questionable throughout the album, as tracks such as Guru's "Hustlin Daze", Janet Jackson's "Together Again Remix", CNN's "Invincible" and any track featuring Afu-Ra should have never made the final cut. Nevertheless, the album is still a great collector's item for all Primo fans. And while not exactly DJ Premiers Finest, it's still a great mixtape.