NEWS: DJ Premier’s D&D Studios Closes
by DANIELLE HARLING
Yesterday (January 7), DJ Premier announced that D&D Studios (formerly known as HeadQCourterz Studios) had closed its doors for good after well over a decade under the Brooklyn, New York producer’s ownership.
Located on 37th Street in New York City’s Garment District, D&D Studios reportedly closed down to make room for luxury apartments in the building it was housed in. AmbrosiaForHeads.com reports that DJ Premier will now work out of Queens’ Kaufman Astoria Studios.
Although DJ Premier purchased the studio in 2002 following the death of its former owner, HeadQCourterz, he has worked in the studio since the early ’90s.
Among the projects worked on at D&D Studios were ones from Jay Z, Big Pun, Snoop Dogg, Big L, Slaughterhouse and Dilated Peoples. In addition to those albums, DJ Premier also recorded a large majority of his Gang Starr songs at the recording studio.
Other notable albums recorded at D&D Studios included Nas’ Illmatic and The Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready To Die.
DJ Premier recently turned to Instagram to post a handful of pics from the studio as he prepared to close its doors.
In one post, Premier uploaded a picture of fellow artist Showbiz along with the caption: “Showbiz packin up. He’s the one that brought me to D & D to lay scratches for Lord Finesse on a REMIX called “Return Of The Funky Man”. Eddie Sancho did the mix and I never left from that day. CIRCA1992… #DaveAndDoug #premierwuzhere The Closing Of D & D Studios”