2008 has been a year full of threats for those of us who love classic East Coast hip-hop. The Roots are going to release their highly- anticipated record Rising Down in April, Q-Tip’s next solo album The Renaissance is set to drop in June, while Talib Kweli has just released a free (!) new mixtape entitled MCEO (click here to download). The album that I’ve been waiting for since last year when I first heard about it from the man himself, --- undoubtedly the freshest produce of February--- is Pete Rock’s new album, entitled NY's Finest.
One of my favorite producers of all time, the legendary Soul Brother # 1 is known for his completely unique, immediately recognizable sound that was largely responsible for shaping NYC hip-hop in the 90’s. His legacy is enormous; ask any of today’s dope producers like Kanye West, Pharrel, Just Blaze, or Timbaland, and they will all tell you about the extent their indebted to the man for inspiration.
So four years after his last album Soul Survivor II, we can finally get to taste the fruit of Pete Rock's undying labor, a joint venture between Soul Survivor Records and NYC-based indie label Nature Sounds. The record features an intimidating line-up of hip-hop Wu Tang’s Raekwon and Masta Killa, Redman, D-Block, Dipset’s Jim Jones, Max B, Styles P, and Sheek Louch, among others. Satisfaction guaranteed.
Pete Rock has also gained fame for his remixes...like this golden Blackstar remix piece.