Thanks to her sultry voice, range, and musicality, Torii has enjoyed a precipitous rise. With an iconic producer who has a habit of producing and contributing to classic projects manning the boards, Torii Wolf & DJ Premier’s forthcoming collaborative union bum-rushes the walls of genres, age, and expectations to let the world know a Flow Riiot is upon us.
“Produced By DJ Premier.” From Gang Starr, The Notorious B.I.G, Jay-Z, Nas, Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Mos Def, Common, Mac Miller, Snoop Dogg, Cee-Lo Green, The Game, KRS-One, Ludacris, Joey Bada$$ and his most recent vehicle; PRhyme (with Royce 5’9”); over the course of twenty-five trendsetting years, those four words have become synonymous with the cornerstone of hip-hop’s sound.
However, “Preemo” as he’s affectionately known, has always been a conduit for artists of all genres to affix their lyrics to his complex rhythms—D’Angelo, Janet Jackson, Miguel, Anderson.Paak, Lion Babe, Macy Gray, Neneh Cherry, Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera (which his work won two Grammy’s for) to name just a few. Throughout it all; Grammy’s, Platinum & Gold plaques, undeniable icon status, Premier has orchestrated a sound that remains a hallmark of positive and advanced music.
While Preem has previously collaborated with fellow iconic female artists, in none of the aforementioned examples has he taken the reigns to not only produce the bulk of the material but to also serve as executive producer. With a resume like Premier’s it takes a lot to get his attention—and perhaps more importantly; his respect.
Enter Torii Wolf, a singer/songwriter from Wantagh, New York who traded coasts-bouncing around West Coast cities and in doing so enhanced herself artistically; shunning categories, genres, confinement, and convention. “Torii has such a weird, wicked style” Premier offers. “It’s just very left field-reminiscent of Bjork. She is just very unique and versatile; she writes, sings, is an accomplished guitarist and drummer. But image-wise, there are no comparisons. Subject matter wise, Torii is in a whole different place. Torii is truly one of a kind.”
Flow Riiot crescendos with an omnipresent vibe, as Premier creates a diverse palette that exquisitely accentuates Torii’s vast vocal range, a veritable combination of contemporary and future sounds. Torii spins out of control over the whirlwind of horns and drum orchestration on “You’re Not There” and “Where We Belong.” “Shadows Crawl” is quintessential Preem, dirty boom-bap with waves of shimmering piano keys which add further restlessness to Torii’s meditation on insomnia and the battle to unplug. Torii Wolf’s debut solo-album, Flow Riiot, will be released on 9-29-17 via DJ Premier’s TTT (To The Top) imprint.