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Hip Hop Underground Soul Classics (feat. INI and Deda)

Pete Rock

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The music industry is fraught with many pitfalls, and hip-hop in particular has a long legacy of great albums that ended up permanently shelved, only coming to light in the form or bootlegs and duped promo copies. That's the case here, with legendary producer Pete Rock having not one but two projects originally recorded in his mid-‘90s heyday, finally seeing an official release via England's BBE label in 2003. Both records, INI's Center of Attention and Deda's The Original Baby Pa are outstanding, perfect examples of why the Soul Brother remains one of rap's most beloved beatsmiths. Dusty drums, filtered jazz loops, and swift cuts abound, paired with smooth wordplay that may be somewhat unspectacular on its own, but sounds fantastic in conjunction with the music. Twenty-nine tracks total, no corny skits or forced R&B concessions, just raw New York raps and some of Pete's nicest production ever. Standouts include the single "Fakin' Jax," plus "Blah Uno," "Square One," and "Can't Wait."

Customer Reviews


Cop this immediately.... No if, ands or buts. You got a bonafide classic and a underappreciated banger for 7.99. Almost makes me wish I already didn't have the album, so I could grip this up pronto....

THis is...

Real Hip Hop

One Of The Best Hip-Hop Albums Ever

Beautiful blends of Jazz and Hip-hop turn every song into a chilled out poem. Pete Rock, Q-Tip, INI, and Deda really know their stuff. It shows in each song's fundamental similarities, and yet taking each track and making it unique at the same time. One of the real jewels of the Underground


Born: June 21, 1970 in The Bronx, New York, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Rapper, DJ, and producer Pete Rock first emerged in 1991 as one half of a duo with C.L. Smooth, debuting with the All Souled Out EP. A hit LP, Mecca and the Soul Brother, followed before the two went their separate ways in the wake of 1994's The Main Ingredient, with Rock remaining a prolific studio presence prior to the release of his solo debut, Soul Survivor, on Loud/RCA four years later. Dropped from the label, he continued his career as an independent producer, and later signed to Rapster/BBE...
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