The legendary D&D Studios, at 320 W. 39th St., officially closed on January 7th and DJ Premier announced that they are moving over to Kaufman Astoria Studios.
D&D Studios was the birthplace of “Illmatic” by Nas, my fave “Reasonable Doubt” by Jay-z and among other hits from Gang Starr, Notorious B.I.G., Kanye West, Snoop Dogg and so many others.
DNAinfo reported that the studio was forced to close by the landlord for higher paying tenants. “They were paying below market rent and they had termination clause and we terminated the lease,” Ray Yadidi, whose Sioni Group bought the building in June, told DNAinfo New York.
In his interview earlier this month with the New York Observer, when asked what was his overall feeling in regards to the move, DJ Premier responded:
“The main part of it is that a big chunk of my career was done here. To find out that that’s ending under the circumstances of a new landlord and lease agreement makes it a little harder. The worst part is that I signed two years on my lease, but there’s a demolition clause, which allows them to terminate the lease if they decide to tear down the building. I’ve gone through several owners and every time it came to a new one, they would always say, “How ya doin’? We’re the new owners, keep paying the rent.” In the past, we had owners who would offer to help out if we needed to renovate the space and we would say, “Hey, if you ever have problems, we’ve been here and we’ve been through it all.”
On the bright side, Kaufman Studios does a lot of television and film, so they may bring new opportunities for him and will for sure expand his network. DJ Premier, we wish you much success at your new location, cheers!