Pete Rock Reveals What He’s Currently Listening To, Talks Production Hardware Vs. Software (Video)

Pete Rock’s knowledge of records is of a higher plane, and we all know it. However, it’s interesting to hear what Soulbrother #1 lists in his current listening rotation: The Thompson Twins (“Hold Me Now”), The Police (“Walking On The Moon”), and The Talking Heads (“This Must Be The Place”). A big fan of the ’80s “retro” as he calls it, let’s recall that Pete reworked Mtume initially to create the Notorious B.I.G.’s beloved hit, “Juicy.” Although the Diddy (as Puff Daddy) version is what made the album, and P.R.’s became the remix, it’s hard to imagine Biggie’s mainstream introduction any other way.

It’d be great to hear more Pete samples from those mid-’80s.

Additionally, Pete explains why he’s all about drum machines, not computer screens, in making his joints.

See if you can guess what three Hip-Hop albums released in the last 12 months Pete’s currently jammin’. Hint: he worked on none of them, but worked with at least one of the artists during his prolific career.

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