CMJ Artist Profile: Pete Rock

He gave Nas “The World Is Yours”; he inspired one of the best to ever do it, J Dilla (RIP); he’s considered the #2 hip hop producer of all time…Soul Brother #1, The Chocolate Boy Wonder, the legendary Pete Rock.

Along with CL Smooth, Pete Rock inspired and influenced a whole new genre of hip hop called “Jazz Rap”. This genre is shared by greats, such as The Roots and A Tribe Called Quest. Pete Rock has been known to expertly combine obscure R&B/funk samples to create beats rhymed/sang over by legends: The Notorious BIG, Mary J. Blige, Public Enemy, Madonna and many others.

Pete Rock has survived the troubled music business and earned loyal fans since 1987. He hasn’t released a studio album since 2008, but is said to be collaborating with DJ Premier on a joint production to be announced and in the studio with Kanye West. In 2009, a posthumous album for J Dilla, “Jay Stay Paid”, was produced by Rock and released on Nature Sounds.

Tuesday, October 19th Duck Down vs. Blacksmith presents Pete Rock at the Le Poisson Rouge from 10:30 pm – 11:00 pm for his CMJ showcase. Thirty minutes of magic you won’t want to miss!

Get tickets and info HERE