Legendary producer/MC Pete Rock is set to release his first album in nearly four years, titled NY's Finest, via a joint venture between his Soul Survivor Records and NY based indie label Nature Sounds.See Also:
The new album features a roster of cult hip-hop artists such as Wu-Tang's Raekwon and Masta Killa, Dipset's Jim Jones, Papoose, D-Block and Redman amongst others.
"I done worked with everyone. Some, I just sent beats to and they sent me back the song. Then some people came over and came into the studio," said Pete Rock of his collaboration. "The whole process of the album took a good year and a half to make 'cause I wanted to get certain people that I wanted to make sure I got.
"New York hasn't had an album like this is such a long time. I really like the outcome of it. I feel like, you know, giving it back to my city because we've been through a lot," he continued.
The first single, "We Roll" featuring Jim Jones and Max B, shipped to radio in mid-October and is beginning getting spins at mix-shows throughout the Northeast. Other tracks currently available are "914" featuring Styles P and Sheek Louch, "The PJ's" featuring Raekwon and Masta Killa and "Til I Retire" featuring Pete Rock himself.
A native to the Bronx, a teenage Pete Rock first hit the scene in the late 80s when he joined legendary DJ/producer Marley Marl on NY station WBLS' show "In Control With Marley Marl." The popularity of the radio show soon led Pete Rock to experiment with production.
In 1991, he was joined by up-and-coming rapper CL Smooth and released the debut EP, All Souled Out. The following year, the duo dropped Mecca And The Soul Brother, one of the most critically acclaimed hip-hop albums of all time. The duo went on to release The Main Ingredient in 1994. Although the album was very well received by critics and fans alike, the project marked the last effort for the duo.
Since those days, Pete Rock has lent his production skills to some of the greatest MCs including remixed hits for Nas, Biggie, Jeru The Damaja, and, more recently, Jim Jones, Talib Kweli's Ear Drum, Redman's Red's Gone Wild and Ghostface, for whom he produced tracks for Fishscale, one of music critics' favorite hip-hop albums of 2006.
This new effort, Pete Rock said was him feeling good about music once again, and the call from the fans.
"Going into this album and making this album was basically me feeling excited and feeling good again about making music," said the producer. "A lot of my fans miss hearing Pete Rock beats. There's a lot more people that I wish could of been on this album, but I couldn't get with. It was just relationships that I had in the past with artists who heard that I was doing something again and wanted to be a part of it to help bring it over the top."
NY's Finest is slated for release February 26.
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