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Pete Rock On ‘People’s Party With Talib Kweli’

Pete Rock On 'People's Party With Talib Kweli'

In this episode of “People’s Party With Talib Kweli”, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with the legendary producer, DJ, and rapper:

Soul Brother #1, The Chocolate Boy Wonder…

PETE ROCK

Here’s what they dug into with one of the most iconic and influential producers in hip-hop history:

  • Hip-hop being born in the Bronx and having its roots in the Caribbean
  • Being cousins with Heavy D and how he helped Pete get his big break
  • Marley Marl putting Pete on the air at age 13
  • How important Heavy D and his legacy are to the culture
  • His parent’s record collection and how much it impacted his ambitions
  • Meeting James Brown at age 7 and Pete’s favorite JB songs
  • The influence of Marley Marl, Howie Tee, Large Professor, and Prince Paul
  • Making the albums ‘Mecca And The Soul Brother’ and ‘Main Ingredient’
  • The process behind the creation of “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)”
  • Pete’s brother Grap Luva and his contributions on ‘Mecca And The Soul Brother’
  • Kanye West taking inspiration from Pete’s production on “I Got A Love”
  • What it was like working with Run DMC on “Down With The King”
  • Being inspired by the militant sound of Public Enemy’s production team The Bomb Squad.
  • Getting on the roster for ‘Illmatic’ and the producers competing with each other
  • Pete producing the original mix for Biggie’s “Juicy” and BIG not liking the beat initially
  • Love for Marvel’s the Hulk and comparing the Wu-Tang members to superheroes
  • Pete’s long-time friendship with producer Madlib as well as DJ Premier
  • The loss of Phife Dawg and how much it deeply affected Pete
  • How it feels to be a go-to classic producer for the younger generation of NYC hardcore emcees
  • A breakdown of the differences between the SP-1200 and the MPC
  • Why Pete feels hip-hop instrumental albums are so important
  • If we’ll be seeing another Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth album
  • Pete goes on to name off some of the projects he has in the works right now

“People’s Party With Talib Kweli” is also available to give a listen via Spotify | SoundCloud | Google Play | Apple

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