Pete Rock’s Video For His Instrumentals Album Speaks Much Louder Than Words
In his accomplished career, legendary producer Pete Rock has crafted some of the most renowned tracks in the history of Hip-Hop music. Over three decades, his resume is replete with classic works with C.L. Smooth, Heavy D & The Boyz, Redman, Run-D.M.C., Nas, AZ, Common, Rakim, Raekwon, the late Big L, and his own critically acclaimed solo albums.
For his latest project titled “Shots Fired,” “The Chocolate Boy Wonder” delves deep into the tumultuous racial and political atmosphere that our county is currently facing with a film that seeks to challenge all of our perceptions. Using the power of Hip-Hop as a critique of our society in his first foray into mini-movies, Pete Rock, with musical skill, examines how race and politics are factors that we all have to navigate through in our daily lives.
Presented by Blue Jay Pictures, “Shots Fired” is a socially conscious short film is inspired by music from Pete Rocks’ highly-anticipated album, Return Of The SP1200. The Hezues R-helmed project analyzes what takes place when a white student is challenged constantly over his political perspective, branding, and associations. Bringing much tension to himself, the white student decides to bring a red MAGA hat from home to school, apparently to make a political statement to a predominately-Black school. All of these are ingredients for the makings of an explosive situation.
Notably, songs from the 2019 collection (beats that Pete made on the Emu Systems sampler between 1990 and 1998) play in the background. Pete recruited JayLib/Beat Junkies member J. Rocc to add scratches to the tracks that first appeared on wax for Record Store Day, and later hit the streaming platforms.
Some of those songs, including “Take A Knee” and “Hope The World Don’t Stop (Before I Get Mines),” suggest some political tones. Pete Rock has never been one to mince words on social media, whether about the system, Hip-Hop, or sports.