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Petestrumentals

4.7 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews

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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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 (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,700 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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For the first half of the 90's decade in his career, Pete Rock seemed like a guy who could do no wrong. He created an instant classic with his partner C.L. Smooth for their debut "Mecca And The Soul Brother". After the remixes of Public Enemy's "Shut 'Em Down" and House Of Pain's "Jump Around", he became the go-to guy for remixes. Finally, when it came to a recording artist wanting to get exposure- be they legendary or newcomer- commisioned Pete's production talents for a surefire hit single. Things started go south for Pete in the later half of the 90's- a move that even he didn't see coming. For starters, he and his partner C.L. Smooth called it quits over creative differences. Also, his label Elektra Entertainment changed label heads, as industry veteran Bob Krasnow was replaced by former Atlantic Records executive Sylvia Rhone. He instantly butted heads with Rhone over the direction of two albums that he produced (notably InI's "Center Of Attention" and Deda's "The Original Baby Pa")- both of which were shelved in 1996 due to their lack of a hit single. Rhone suggested that Pete alter his sound and "make records like Sean 'Puffy' Combs", a statement that ultimately ended his association with Elektra. Then his name became attached to otherwise supbar albums, being that he produced the best songs on the recordings- such as "Unstoppable" on Mic Geronimo's "Vendetta" as well as "Sneakers" on Raekwon's "Immobilarity". Lastly, he released his solo debut "Soul Survivor" on Loud Records- an album that yielded widespread critical acclaim, but had dismal promotion and did less than stellar numbers even in a time when underground hip hop went gold with no problems. He decided that would be the last time he would ever deal with a major label.Read more ›
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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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