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Petestrumentals

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In early 2000, Pete Rock agreed to produce an eclectic beats album that would reflect the rich variety of music he inherited from his father's record collection. The fusion of Reggae, Jazz, Pop, Folk, and Soul underline this intricate project and compliment the Hip-Hop formula. A scattering of MC tracks are present to whet the appetites of Pete's traditional fan base which feature a new crew called UN (Comprised of Rock Marciono of the Flipmode Squad and newcomers Divine, Godfree and Laku).

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There are two ways to approach this album. If you take it at its most literal--a collection of beats--there's a good chance that you'll find it damn snoozy. You never quite realize how monotonous and downright boring hip-hop tracks can be until you remove the lyrics and are subjected to four minutes of the same bars looping over and over. Pete Rock is a great producer, no question, but he doesn't do much to vary the pace, concocting an album's worth of mid-tempo grooves that go nowhere fast. Which, of course, is the pleasure of listening to it. This is music to stick in the background as you go about your daily routine--cruising in the car, chilling at home, weeding your garden, whatever. There's few better than Pete Rock to compose these simple sonic scores of relaxed, warm tracks that blend funk and a touch of jazz to perfection. There's hardly a flat beat anywhere to be found, and repetitive as they get, the endless, comfortable aural pleasure they give makes up the difference. --Oliver Wang

1. A Little Soul
2. Play Dis Only At Night
3. Something Funky
4. For The People
5. Hip Hopcrisy
6. Smooth Sailing
7. Pete's Jazz
8. The Boss
9. Get Involved
10. Give It To Y'all
11. Walk On By
12. Cake
13. What You Waiting For
14. Nothin' Lesser (Jamie's Mix)
15. Bonus Track 15

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 1, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bbe
  • ASIN: B00005AV09
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,971 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By L. May on November 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Whatever crackhead amazon has posting the samples mixed things up, not the first time. Go to cduniverse.com to hear the real samples to this ill CD.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dirty J on March 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
As an MC and part time producer I find the editor's review of this album disgraceful.
"You never quite realize how monotonous and downright boring hip-hop tracks can be until you remove the lyrics and are subjected to four minutes of the same bars looping over and over."
Are you serious? This guy is basically generalizing all hip-hop beats and we're supposed to trust his review of a hip-hop album?
If you are not a hip-hop head what would you ever be doing buying a cd of instrumentals? This cd (like any cds of instrumentals) have their purpose and this happens to be a sick cd. Pete Rock is a legendary producer, one of the founders of modern hip-hop, any one will agree with this.
Wang's suggestion that the beats are "simple sonic scores" is offensive. This guy is ridiculous, why would amazon ever have someone who seems to know nothing review and album like this? Get rid of this guy ...
(Cake is a sick song)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scott D. Gribble on March 24, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is probably one of the best Cd's i've herd in a while. The Instrumentals are so nice i can't decide if i'd rather have an MC rhyme on it or not, they just stand out so well on there own. Plus when they do step to the mic the lyrics aren't just thrown down. Even the small interludes between tracks are superior beats. Well crafted piece of art by Pete Rock.
The Real reason i'm writing this review is to inform anyone who is interested in this CD. After checkin up on things there is a second version of this that was released. At this time it is not avalible on Amazon.com.
In my opion it is a better CD, it contains all the tracks listed above except Hip Hopcrisy, Give It to Y'all, and What You Waiting For. These tracks (excluding Hip Hopcrisy which is excellent) are the weakest ones on the original. These tracks are replaced with one new instrumental (Take The D Train) and three new tracks with MCs Nature, Freddie Foxxx, and a CL Smooth reunion. The Nature song is pretty good (i wish i coulda had Hip Hopcrisy back though) and Freddie Foxxx rips the mic to accompany some blaring horns and painos. The CL Smooth track (Back on The Block) more than worth getting the second version and drives me crazy that these guys don't hook up for a full album again.
Regardless, either version of this album is worth getting. Hopefully Amazon.com will make the second version availible soon, but if not check out information about the label (given above) to see what you can do.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter C. Carpio on August 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I have been a Pete Rock fan since his days with CL Smooth. And hearing his solo album SOUL SURVIVOR in 1998 ressurected the life in Hip-Hop once again. But on PETESTRUMENTALS, Pete Rock shows you what he is really capable of. Really great bass lines, all sorts of horns on the background and kicking drum patterns are what makes up this classic brew of Hip-Hop. Yes, every track on this CD is great, which is very hard to find nowadays. STANDOUT tracks include : A LITTLE SOUL, SOMETHING FUNKY, PETES' JAZZ, THE BOSS, GIVE IT TO YA"LL, CAKE ( ft. The U.N. ), NOTHIN' LESSER ( ft. The U.N. ) and the two gems on this album which I can't take one over the other because they're so perfect, FOR THE PEOPLE and WHAT YOU WAITING FOR. PETESTRUMENTALS will leave the commercial rap fans sleepy with this release because of the lack of lyricist on the songs. But most of these instrumentals don't need a vocalist on the track simply cause it might ruin how great the beat is and leaving it as an instrumental will ensure its' longevity. PETESTRUMENTALS ( though an instrumental LP ) really beats the MTV, BET, radio rap thats out by far. Definitely one of my top 10 favorite Hip-Hop albums of all time. Pick this CD up fast cause you won't be disappointed. WARNING !!! FOR TRUE BEAT JUNKIES ONLY !!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By basmati breaks on May 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
few superlatives will come close to describing how great this album is. ill, headbangin, pimped out ear candy, come to mind but nothing prepares you for the sonic brillance of petestrumentals. it's pete rock, rockin like you knew he could. think of the best souljazzhiphop track you've ever heard, it's all good until the mc comes on kickin that cha cha cha. no mcs up in here baby, well just a couple, mostly beats!! pete rock laces you like nikes, tight rolled like a dutch.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "nova950" on November 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
He is one of my favorite producers of all time!!! Pete Rock is one of the founding fathers or I should say, is one of the blueprints in hip-hop production. Pete's BBE album is pure delight to the ears. He knows what to do, by adding and blending right amount of jazz, and soul loops to hard kicks and snares that he programs on his trusty SP-1200! Famous for his horn loops (his signature), you definetly know it's Pete Rock when you hear it. And on this album, it's there but he has more sounds to complement it and sound so different. You can tell that he has matured more in his beat making (like he wasn't already!) Most of his tracks are instrumentals except for 2 which I think is hot also. The UN - the MC group he has on both tracks do their thing. Hopefully we will hear more of them alongside Pete in future projects. Anyway, his album is good for just chillin' at home relaxing, or taking a long drive with the system blasting!! If you are into production like I am, this album is for you. Get it!! Pete doesn't disappoint and he's still Soul Brother #1!!!!
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