Skyzoo & Pete Rock: Retropolitan (Stream)

This week we finally got to explore the much anticipated collaboration from Skyzoo and Pete Rock, as they released their Retropolitan LP. The two NY representatives have crafted an album that is at once an ode to the city they love and a cautionary tale about the gentrification that is so prevalent throughout the Five Boroughs. Continue reading “Skyzoo & Pete Rock: Retropolitan (Stream)”

Skyzoo & Pete Rock ft. Westside Gunn, Conway, Benny The Butcher & Elzhi: Eastern Conference All-Stars

Skyzoo and Pete Rock treat us to the second single from their forthcoming abum, featuring an altogether ridiculous list of guests. The NY duo are joined by four lyrical heavyweights on Eastern Conference All Stars, as Griselda’s Westside Gunn, Conway and Benny The Butcher all hitting the booth, with Detroit favourite, Elzhi completing the line-up. It’s as powerful as you can imagine and you can hear for yourself below. The album, Retropolitan, is due for release on Mello Music Group on 20 September.

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Skyzoo & Pete Rock: It’s All Good

Strong start to the forthcoming album from Skyzoo and Pete Rock. Ever since the veteran producer announced he was teaming up with the Brooklyn lyricist, I’ve been patiently waiting to hear what they have been cooking up and this first taste does not disappoint. The beat is apparently an unearthed gem from Rock’s undoubtedly vast back catalogue, which he first made 25 years ago, around the same time he was working on tracks like The World Is Yours for Nas. It’s remained untouched since then, but still sounds like the perfect foundation for Skyzoo to work his magic. You can hear the track below and stay tuned for the album, Retropolitan, which is coming out on 20 September on Mello Music Group. Continue reading “Skyzoo & Pete Rock: It’s All Good”

Donnie Propa: Straight From The Crate Cave (Pete Rock Edition)

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Nice project here from Heavy Links’ affiliate Donnie Propa, as he and Village Live Records release the first in a series of remix albums. First up it’s Pete Rock who gets the treatment, with the album split into two long play tracks, cassette style. Continue reading “Donnie Propa: Straight From The Crate Cave (Pete Rock Edition)”

Sadat X: Freeze (Prod. by Pete Rock)

Sadat X is due to release a new album on Tommy Boy Entertainment and to get us all in the mood, he has dropped a video for one of the tracks. Featuring production from Pete Rock, Freeze includes a breakdown of Sadat and Grand Puba’s first ever meeting with the Soul Brother. Continue reading “Sadat X: Freeze (Prod. by Pete Rock)”

Pete Rock Interview

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Interview originally took place in June 2011

I’ve heard a lot of different answers to this question, but what do you think was the most important year for hip hop as a whole?

The biggest year in hip hop was 1992, without a doubt. 1992 all the way up until ’99 and then when 2000 came, it all changed.

Okay and what, for you, made that the most important year?

Well everything that was being made was so original and never heard before, but you know, with that being said, that’s what hip hop is supposed to be all about: originality and just things that people have not heard other people doing. And then with the radio and the way radio plays music for political reasons, not necessarily caring for the community. You know sometimes they do, you got younger fans who listen to today’s music, but my thing is to play everything; anything and everything that’s good and I kinda felt like the hip hop we were doing was so original, but it is just lacking that sound today. Continue reading “Pete Rock Interview”