Before there was Dilla, Pete Rock was the most popular iteration of hip-hop music that was mellow and groove-driven. His classic albums with Ini and CL Smooth, along with some of the most revered remixes in the genre's canon, have cemented his legacy in history.
His Petestrumentals album from 2001 is a beats classic. Joints like "Pete's Jazz" and "Play Dis Only At Night" are tracks that I could listen to on loop for hours. Fourteen years later, Pete is returning with Petestrumentals 2.
Timeless music, the first track shared from the project is a beat The Chocolate Boy Wonder claims to have made 20 years ago. "One, Two, A Few More" is classic Pete, with a sublime guitar loop, seriously funky bass line, and perfectly apropos vocal sample.