When you think about the founding fathers of hip hop, the veterans who shaped the sound of what has now become a global culture, one of the names that will inevitably come up is Pete Rock. The 44 year-old beatsmith from The Bronx helped refine and propagate the boom-bap flavor as a solo artist and one half of the celebrated duo Pete Rock & CL Smooth back in the early 90s. This is a man who laid down tracks for rap gods Run DMC and Nas; a man who modern legends like the late J. Dilla looked up to starting out.
Pete recently signed up with Mello Music Group to give his glittering career another lease of life. Come June 23 he will add a new feather to his baseball cap when he releases the second instalment of ‘PeteStrumentals‘. He gave us the first dose in 2001 so, coming 14 years later we should expect ‘PeteStrumentals 2‘ to be a completely different animal, right? Not really. A cursory listen to ‘Cosmic Slop’ would suggest Pete Rock has stayed true to the MO that first brought him into the limelight over two decades ago. This uncomplicated instrumental boasts few bells and whistles but it will easily loosen the springs in your neck and have you bopping two seconds after you press play. The easy-going bassline and basic drum pattern will keep you nodding to the last minute.
And you thought hip hop was dead.
Miami Based, Internationally Known