Pete Rock breaks down his career and classic sound. Time to reminisce with the one and only Chocolate Boy Wonder!
Born in the Bronx and growing up in Mount Vernon, New York, Pete Rock first stepped onto the scene as a DJ on Marley Marl’s legendary radio show in the late 80s. Soon after, Eddie F, then DJ for Pete Rock’s cousin Heavy D, gave Pete his first drum machine and taught him some basic skills. Soon after, Pete had created his own innovative beatmaking technique and instantly recognizable trademark sound. From his debut EP All Souled Out with rapper C.L. Smooth in 1991, to the duo’s landmark albums Mecca And The Soul Brother and The Main Ingredient, Pete Rock’s unique method of sampling original recordings, chopping, filtering, and then layering them made his beats stand out from the flood of SP-1200 explorations of that time, and earned him the name Soul Brother No.1. Besides his group work, Pete Rock started producing for artists like Nas and Run DMC, as well as getting into remixing work for the likes of Notorious B.I.G. and Public Enemy, whose Shut Em Down he transformed into a horn-driven hip hop monster. After parting ways with C.L. Smooth in 1995, Pete Rock went on to release several solo albums, and collaborated with rap luminaries like Wu-Tang Clan, Redman, Slum Village, J Dilla, The LOX, Smif-N-Wessun, and more recently, the pairing of superstars Jay-Z and Kanye West… the list is endless.