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Only a fool wouldn’t follow the advice of one DJ Premier. The Hip-Hop icon explained how he manages to keep up with the times when Hip-Hop Wired caught up with him at the 2015 BET Hip-Hop Awards red carpet. 

DJ Premier is still very much a practitioner of the boom bap (see: “Animals” on Dr. Dre’s Compton album) but refuses to just ignore the hit sounds of the day.

“We’re into them for a reason The youngsters that’s out now, I buy it all,” Premo told Hip-Hop Wired. “Like Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan; I study all that stuff. I don’t do that style, I don’t have to. They’re doing it. My younger nieces, nephews, and all them, they like that style. I study it because I want to make sure that understand what they’re up to because they are part of our family. No your Hip-Hop on every era of it.”

The 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards air tonight (Oct. 13) at 8pm. Peep Premier speak on Phryme, new music and more below.

Additional reporting by Jason Lee.

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