Interview: Pete Rock to Play @ Le Poisson Rouge, NYC – June 30

 

Yep. Pete Rock will be spinning at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC this Saturday, June 30 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Mecca And The Soul Brother.

We caught up with Pete this week for a few questions asking him to look back, share what’s coming up, and let us know what’s good for the big night!

More info on Saturday’s event, including ticket link.

Giant Step: Looking back, what’s your fondest memory from recording Mecca And The Soul Brother?

Pete Rock: Working with Heavy D doing “The Basement” song.

GS: If you had to pick today, what’s your favorite track on the album and why?

Pete Rock: “Reminisce” is my favorite track because it is my tears on wax.

GS: To you, who was Pete Rock then and who is Pete Rock today?

Pete Rock: Pete Rock then was a young, excited DJ and producer trying to reach my goals. Today I am a father, husband, and legend trying to keep hip hop alive.

GS: We know it’s going to be hotness regardless, but what can folks expect to hear at LPR on saturday?

Pete Rock: Everything!!! The music I grew up with that influenced me. A special mix of my favorite songs off of Mecca And The Soul Brother and the music that inspired that album.

GS: Looks like Petestrumentals II is brewing. What’s in store? What can you tell us about the Petestrumentals of 2001 versus this new one?

Pete Rock: Yes, Petestrumentals II is creatively in the works. There won’t a be a huge difference, just a continuation from the first album.

GS: What else is new with you? Any other gems being concocted in the lab?!

Pete Rock: Yes, lots of projects are being developed. First one out this year is the Camp Lo project titled 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s. Working on a DJ Premier vs. Pete Rock project that will come out in late 2013. Also collaborating with Roy Ayers and working with Robert Glasper.

New Release: Gensu Dean – ‘The CL Smooth American Me Remixes’ + Download

 

Dallas producer Gensu Dean is on his way to getting some well deserved shine. Having already received love from DJ Spinna, DJ Premier, and DMC (of Run DMC), the quiet giant has already worked on music for David Banner, Lord Jamar, Sadat X, CL Smooth, and Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

Below, we have a special treat for you. A while back, Gensu was commissioned to work on a remix project for CL Smooth that was never released. This week the project called The CL Smooth American Me Remixes was released as a free download. The music knocks and glides, slinks and grooves, and creates a beautiful soundscape easy on the ears.

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J. Period & John Legend & The Roots Announce The Official Wake Up! Radio Mixtape + MP3

J. Period made a mix of The Roots and John Legend re-imagining of old classics called Wake Up! The full J. Period mixtape, Wake Up Radio, will be available in late November with an all-star cast of hip-hop/R&B heavyweights, plus exclusive remixes, album outtakes, and personal interviews with John Legend, Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, and Black Thought. The first single, now a free download, is J. Period’s remix of “Our Generation” featuring the hip-hop pioneers Pete Rock & CL Smooth.

The Roots & John Legend – “My Generation” (J. Period Remix feat. Pete Rock & CL Smooth) [Download from J.Period]
 

Jperiod.com/wakeup