Pete Rock Is NY’s Finest

A lot of my readers who know me outside of this blog know I’m not necessarily the hardcore hip-hop “head” I once was. I’m more of a music head than a hip-hop head, and unfortunately that sometimes puts me at odds with whatever is left of the underground these days, because musically I think underground hip-hop has only a handful of good artists left.

With that said, I spent last night holed up in a conference room at EMI with some other esteemed hip-hop heads to hear Pete Rock’s new album, NY’s Finest. I confess, unlike most “heads,” I had low expectations for the album. Not because I think Pete Rock sucks or anything, in fact he’s one of my personal favorite producers of all time (one of the few I can say I’m a genuine fan of), but the album seemed to come out of nowhere, and I feared Pete might do what it seems like a lot of the older cats do, and just mail it in.

No, no, no. I was sorely mistaken. Pete came with it. It sounded so refreshing to actually hear songs with beefy kicks, tight snare drums, swinging hi hats, breezy horn samples, and groovy rolling bass lines- in short order, that Soul Brother #1 shit. Not little bitchy 808 claps, 3 note synthesizer melodies, and sloppy piano chords that don’t even make sense on a musical level. Pete’s even got a dope reggae joint called “Ready Fe War.” But my personal fave was the joint with Royal Flush, “Questions,” where he lifts a sample from the classic film, The Education Of Sonny Carson.

Pete raps on almost every song on the album, and though his flow is definitely dated, it’s still good to hear him step in front of the mic more. Another example of producer as artist in 2008. I wasn’t all that impressed with some of the artists on the album, I think he could have gotten some bigger names and a better pool of talent, but it’s all good.

Check out some joints.

“We Roll” featuring Jim Jones and Max B

“Till I Retire”

“914″ featuring Styles P and Sheek Louch

“Questions” featuring Royal Flush

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  • whats CraCCin

    6ring yn 6aCC this site needs him.

    • ill G

      damn shut up u dirty crab, or whatever the fuck u are lmao @ this e-thug

  • whats CraCCin

    i see you deleted my last post, so ill say it again.6ring yn 6aCC yall 6loggers need him.

    • og bobby j

      bring your computer back….they gave you a keyboard with a 6 where the b should be.

  • NJ’s Finest

    Watch out for Ifty the kids gona blow up in 2008. Hes a good look to NJ and the Whole East Cost. WHo is this kid??? Dont Worry about it you’ll find out soon enough. Album’s Coming SOON…

  • Alex

    lmfao pwned

  • khal

    you should keep your ear to the underground more often – 3 out of the 4 cuts you linked been leaked for a min. that 914 is the shit.

  • Gooch

    yes i know they’ve been leaked. I’m not a mixtape dj. This is a blog post about pete rock and his music. I’d gladly post his whole album for you if I had it, but I don’t. This is what I have. Would you rather the people who come to this site who don’t even know who pete rock is hear nothing at all?

  • sincere

    Bring back SCRATCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SayQua

    Young Guru mixed the album according to a feature in Remix. Shit sounds dope.

  • Smoove

    pete rock is an animal…can’t wait to hear the new album.

  • Terry L

    This is what real hip\hop is all about.Man i love pr for taken it back to the music,i love it.

  • Tony

    i loving the new sound of pete rock’s new album. in my pete always dose good when it comes to the music that he product.

    Keep up the good work


  • sean_izzle

    DAMN this is the best outta 2008 so far!!!

    this sounds incredibly great man i cant wait for the album, NY´s FINEST 4 REAL


    That Royal Flush is hot i like the Concept. Thats what im about Dope Concepts