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    Pete Rock breaks down his career and classic sound. Time to reminisce with the one and only Chocolate Boy Wonder!

    Born in the Bronx and growing up in Mount Vernon, New York, _(artist-name)Pete Rock_ first stepped onto the scene as a DJ on _(artist-name)Marley Marl_’s legendary radio show in the late 80s. Soon after, _(artist-name)Eddie F_, then DJ for Pete Rock’s cousin _(artist-name)Heavy D_, gave Pete his first drum machine and taught him some basic skills. Soon after, Pete had created his own innovative beatmaking technique and instantly recognizable trademark sound. From his debut EP _(album-title)All Souled Out_ with rapper _(artist-name)C.L. Smooth_ in 1991, to the duo’s landmark albums _(album-title)Mecca And The Soul Brother_ and _(album-title)The Main Ingredient_, Pete Rock’s unique method of sampling original recordings, chopping, filtering, and then layering them made his beats stand out from the flood of SP-1200 explorations of that time, and earned him the name Soul Brother No.1. Besides his group work, Pete Rock started producing for artists like _(artist-name)Nas_ and _(artist-name)Run DMC_, as well as getting into remixing work for the likes of _(artist-name)Notorious B.I.G._ and _(artist-name)Public Enemy_, whose _(song-title)Shut Em Down_ he transformed into a horn-driven hip hop monster. After parting ways with C.L. Smooth in 1995, Pete Rock went on to release several solo albums, and collaborated with rap luminaries like _(artist-name)Wu-Tang Clan_, _(artist-name)Redman_, _(artist-name)Slum Village_, _(artist-name)J Dilla_, _(artist-name)The LOX_, _(artist-name)Smif-N-Wessun_, and more recently, the pairing of superstars _(artist-name)Jay-Z_ and _(artist-name)Kanye West_... the list is endless.