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Editors’ Notes

It’s been quite some time since the inimitable New York producer Pete Rock revolutionized the sound of Hip-Hop with his soulfully impressionistic, sample based work with the rapper CL Smooth. The beats that graced Pete Rock’s masterful Mecca & The Soul Brother were painstakingly composed lessons in musical subtlety that stood in sharp contrast to the aggressive, drum machine heavy sounds of earlier Hip-Hop productions. It’s somewhat disappointing to note that in the last decade Pete Rock has become something of a musical conservative, refusing to adapt to contemporary styles and turning out a series of beautiful, if perhaps overly consistent productions in a style that is barely distinguishable from that of his earliest work. But that's not to say that Pete Rock’s most recent effort NY’s Finest is a creative failure. Indeed Pete Rock sounds sharper than ever on tracks like “Till I Retire” and the defiantly old school “Best Believe,” which features some jaw-dropping lyricism from Redman. This is New York rap at its stubbornly conservative best, and though some may have tired of Pete Rock’s winning formula, the intricate sample based work on display here proves that the master has not yet lost his touch.

Customer Reviews

Ayo this album is not bad...Pete...u still Rock!!

This album is not bad......I think this right here will show all the haters what they can hate on and all the lovers what hip hop can do to ya.. I mean dis man right here is still droppin the duece in the toilet.

Dope album!!!!

I have never been so happy to hear a true hip-hop album in my life!!!!!! Aside from some questionable artists that he collaborated with, this album is a gem!!! However, it will probably be overlooked for that stupid sh** that's out now. PLEASE SUPPORT THIS TYPE OF HIP-HOP BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!!!!!!

PR's the Man!

How can you not be noddin' your head to these beats? C'mon man. PR is nasty!


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

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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