Today, we continue with our new Throwback Thursday series! Join us as we dig into our archive of flyers to give you the lowdown on the get down from back in the day. In case you missed it, last week we covered a show with The Roots from 1994.
That was Giant Step’s Christmas party. We started the Giant Step weekly club in September of 1990 on Mondays at SOBs with the resident DJ as DJ Smash. Occasionally Jazzy Nice played as well. And to be totally honest, it was not an instant hit at all. We kind of struggled through the fall and the early winter; A lot of times, we’d have more musicians on stage than we’d have people in the actual crowd.
We managed to get the opportunity through Gangstarr’s managers, Patrick Moxey and Neale Easterby. Patrick now runs Ultra Records and Neale is a successful manager in England. I knew those guys and we were very much into Gangstarr because of their music and their song “Jazz Thing” from Mo' Better Blues. And they said, “Would you want to do a holiday show with Gangstarr, with Masta Ace opening?” Masta Ace was an artist they also managed.
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.
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Yes and yes. the RE:GENERATION Music Project has partnered up with The Grammy's to present a very creative documentary concept. Follow DJ Premier, Pretty Lights, The Crystal Method, Mark Ronson, and Skrillex as they each "remix, recreate and re-imagine" one of five traditional styles of music along with influential musicians from the given genre.
Above, find the trailer for the documentary, which is due to premiere on YouTube in February 2012. After the jump, catch the DJ Premier track with Nas as well as the Pretty Lights track featuring LeAnn Rimes, which is quite incredible to say the least.
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.