Pete Rock – Listen Close: Legendary Hip-Hop producer Pete Rock is back with the fourth installment in a series of instrumental EPs ‘Petestrumentals 4’.
A renowned producer lauded for his innovative production and impeccable ear, Pete Rock is widely recognized as one of the greatest and most influential hip hop producers of all time. A pioneer of fusing jazz, funk and soul into hip-hop, many see him as laying down the blueprint for soulful production in hip-hop. He revolutionized rap production through groundbreaking studio wizardry, made remixes matter more than the original songs, established ad-libs as a standard recording asset… the list goes on. Having worked with huge names including Run-D.M.C, Public Enemy, J Dilla and Busta Rhymes (just to name a few), Pete Rock’s work as a producer has translated into over 25 million albums sold worldwide and billions of streams.
The new EP is yet another sublime demonstration of his ability as a producer, beat maker and innovative composer. A collection of tracks which fully demonstrates Pete Rock’s prowess, the 14 tracks show the full range of the producer’s talents. One of the EPs highlights, ‘Listen Close’ is a prime example of Pete’s ability to cut and layer samples, offering a chilled Hip-Hop soundscape built around a swaying beat, a running bass line and layers of vinyl scratches and soft instrumentation.
With such huge influence as a producer, Pete’s solo material serves to only further enhance his reputation as an artist and a producer.