A morning is good when you can stream a new album from Pete Rock — let alone the sequel album 15 years in the making: Petestrumentals 2. Read Pete Rock’s preface then click play and leave this tab open in the background.
Petestrumentals 2 conjures memories of BBQ cookouts and 70s Blaxploitation scores, rattling summer jeep cruises and blunted Jamaican vacations. There’s a gorgeous requiem to Dilla (“Dilla Bounce (R.I.P),” where the originator pays tribute to the prodigy. You see the full range of Rock’s gifts on display: the meticulously chopped horns, unquantized drums, and air raid sirens. It contains the emotion of a thousand eulogies.
No record can’t be resurrected. There’s no sub-genre or era that can’t be converted into Rock’s singular brand of soul. His music is the closest thing we’ll ever get to a time-traveling DeLorean, effortlessly shifting between past, present, and future.
For the last 20 years, hip-hop heads have argued over the best Pete Rock original productions and remixes. Is it “They Reminisce Over You” or the “Shut ‘Em Down Remix?” Do you prefer Soul Survivor or the first Petestrumentals, his work with INI or the UN? His catalogue can’t be compressed into a bio; you need a book.
This is the latest chapter—an even 20 slaps and rhythmic levitations. It’s Pete Rock at his best, accelerating and kicking cosmic slop, extending wishes, hope, love, gritty drums and eternal wonder.
I’m really excited about that. It’s just a regular hook. I can’t really sing it to you, you’re just going to have to hear it.
– Pete Rock
Kendrick on a Pete Rock production. Sign me.. and the rest of the hip hop fandom up. Now we wait to see if K. Dot’s sophomore effort will see the light in 2014.
To celebrate 1 year since the release of WMWTSO, Mac Miller drops this unreleased Pete Rock-produced collab with Schoolboy Q called “Melt”. *looks at artwork* I see what you did there.
As a bonus, Mac also puts out the original version of the album’s intro “The Star”.
It’s a been a minute since we heard anything new from Wale, but it looks like for good reason.
Though I haven’t been a fan much of MMG Wale, I’m confident that DJ Premier & Pete Rock can bring the sound that incites the earlier, lyrical Wale and no doubt, I’ll be tuning in. No confirmation on the above artwork being for that of the album, but it’s pretty dope nonetheless (shouts HHU).
This time last week, the previews for the Jamla Is The Squad compilation album were super heavy. “No Competition” & “15 Minutes of Fame” were my favorites and those collabs set the tone for the full project that dropped today. 9th Wonder‘s label pulled out all the stops for the 25 (!) new tracks with production primarily helmed by Khrysis and the boss man himself. Jamla artists Rapsody, GQ, Heather Victoria, the newest signee, Chicago’s Add-2, and more all appear on the album, with big-name features from Talib Kweli, Phonte, Blu, Pete Rock, Lecrae, and BJ The Chicago Kid also appearing. Hosted by Statik Selektah. Stream and purchase below via the good friends at DJ Booth.