With his partner in crime, C.L. Smooth, Pete Rock was part of one of the True School's most beloved duos. As a DJ, beatmaker, and mixtape guru, however, the Bronx native became flat-out hip-hop royalty. Rock is a pillar of the underground grind, but, thanks to his sterling reputation for beat mining and an undeniable ear for the hit, his production work has graced records by everyone from Public Enemy, Ghostface, and Nas to 50 Cent, Notorious B.I.G., and even Brandy and Keisha Cole. His solo albums blend boom-bap beats and jazzy samples and productions into a distinctively tasteful whole. Simply put, Pete Rock is an institution.
Debut solo album, released in 1998. Features collaborations with, Method Man, Raekwon, Kool G. Rap, Black Thought, MC Eiht and Heavy D. Features the original 17 tracks. BMG.
With his first solo album, Pete Rock reminds us why his past work with partner CL Smooth resulted in some of the most luscious hip-hop beats the art form has ever known. While Rock''s lyrical presence falters, his musical craft makes up the difference as the Soul Brother No. 1 switches from the sublimely soulful ("Mind Blowin''") to the ultrafunky ("Da Two") to the dramatically sinister ("The Game"). Soul Survivor may lack the lyrical credentials to contend to be the year''s best hip-hop album, but it easily ranks as one of the year''s most listenable efforts. Sit down, max, and relax to the sultry sounds of Pete Rock. --Oliver Wang
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