DJ Premier shares “underground DJ version” of J. Cole’s “1985”

Hear a new version of the KOD track.

May 29, 2018
DJ Premier shares “underground DJ version” of J. Cole’s “1985” J. Cole performs at Barclays Center. August 1, 2017.   Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images

Legendary hip-hop producer DJ Premier has put his own distinctive spin on J. Cole's "1985 (Intro to 'The Fall Off')," a track from the rapper's new album KOD. Writing in the SoundCloud description, Premier said he felt connected to the song, a well-meaning open letter address to rap's new generation that rapper Lil Pump treated like a diss (Cole and Pump later sat down for an interview). Premier writes: "I asked Cole if I could get the acapella and do an underground DJ version just for fun." Premier writes that he set out for his beat to "keep it on some boom bap shit," and the classic sound helps Cole's verses sound even more conciliatory. Listen below.

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