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What Inspires Pete Rock

Pete Rock is a hip hop producer, emcee, and DJ from Mount Vernon, NY. He earned fame in the early 90s as a member of the hip hop group Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, and by producing one of the most popular hip hop songs of all-time, “They Reminisce Over You”. As the older brother of emcee Grap Luva and younger cousin of the late Heavy D, Pete played a major role in merging jazz into hip hop music. In high school, he met C.L. Smooth, and in 1987, Pete was DJing with Marley Marl on New York’s WBLS radio show “In Control With Marley Marl”. In 1991, Pete & C.L. released the EP All Souled Out. In 1992, the two released their full-length debut album, Mecca & The Soul Brother, which has become a certified classic album. Pete was soon producing songs for Run-DMC, Nas, Jeru The Damaja, Public Enemy, and The Notorious B.I.G. In 1994, Pete & C.L. released their second full-length album, The Main Ingredient. In 1998, Pete released his solo album Soul Survivor, with features from Inspectah Deck, Kurupt, Method Man, O.C., Ghostface Killah, Kool G Rap, Black Thought, MC Eiht, Big Punisher, Common, and more. In 2001, he released the instrumental album PeteStrumentals. Soul Survivor 2 was released in 2004, with features from Pharoahe Monch, RZA, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, GZA, Slum Village, J. Dilla, and more. Pete entirely produced Edo G’s album in 2004, My Own Worst Enemy, and released another solo album in 2008, NY’s Finest. The album featured Raekwon, Masta Killa, Styles P, Sheek Louch, Redman, Papoose, and others. In 2012, Pete entirely produced Smif-N-Wessun’s album, Monumental.

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