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Upsire – Shadows In The Night (Album)

Chicago-based emcee, Uspire, delivers his first solo work, Shadows In The Night, a conceptual-based project dealing in the sharp realities of life. Backed entirely by top notch instrumentals from the legendary Pete Rock, Uspire takes you on a winding journey through varying levels of pain and misfortune. In the hour of darkness, he provides a source of light in an ambitious attempt to revive souls and restore faith in humanity. While creating a paradigm shift within the mind, he invites the listener to re-examine past experiences and see them from a new perspective.

This project offers social commentary, diverse storytelling, and points of introspection, all while maintaining a complex rhyme style. Guest features include Add-2 and Sohjé, both Chicago natives. Album artwork done by Domi V. Mixed and mastered by Albert Romero.

01. Silver Lining
02. See Tomorrow
03. Little Decisions
04. Gotta Be More
05. Loving The Light
06. Past, Present, Future
07. Souliberate [Interlude]
08. Hood Samaritan
09. Fate
10. One More Angel (feat. Sohjé)
11. Bilocation Theory [Interlude]
12. American Nightmare
13. The System (feat. Add-2)
14. All Things (feat. Sohjé)

Listen: http://uspire.bandcamp.com/album/shadows-in-the-night

July 5, 2016 Posted by | Mixtapes, News | , , , , | Leave a comment

J. Dilla New Album “Jay Stay Paid” Official Cover & Tracklisting

The quiet, prolific producer collaborated with everyone from Erykah Badu to Common to Janet Jackson to Prince. Dilla was just beginning to capitalize on his cult status when he sadly passed at age 32 due to Lupus-related complications. Jay Stay Paid is a 25 track collection of unreleased Dilla beats mixed and arranged by Pete Rock. While mostly instrumental, “J$P” also offers a few guests vocals from artists that Dilla worked with or admired including Black Thought of The Roots, MF DOOM, M.O.P., Blu and more.

J$P is overseen by Maureen Yancey (aka Ma Dukes) along with the musical supervision of Dilla’s only real musical idol, Pete Rock…”This album combines what he did in the beginning of his career, what he did in some of our early hospital stays, which was very deep, and some stuff pulled from old disks & DATs. Its mind blowing…this is like the missing links to Dilla’s legacy.”

Official Tracklisting:
01 KJay FM Dedication
02 King
03 I Told Yall
04 Lazer Gunne Funke
05 In the Night (Owl N Out) – While You Slept (I Crept)
06 Smoke ft. Blu
07 Blood Sport ft. Lil Fame of M.O.P.
08 caDILLAc
09 Expensive Whip
10 Kaklow (Jump On It)
11 Digi Dirt ft. Phat Kat
12 Dilla Bot Vs. the Hybrid ft. Danny Brown and Constantine
13 Milk Money
14 Spacecowboy Vs. Bobble Head
15 Reality Check ft. Black Thought
16 On Stilts
17 Fire Wood Drumstix ft. DOOM
18 Glamour Sho75 (09)
19 10,000 Watts
20 9th Caller
21 Make It Fast (Unadulterated Mix) ft. Diz Gibran
22 24K Rap ft. Havoc of Mobb Deep and Raekwon
23 Big City
24 Pay Day ft. Frank Nitty of Frank N’ Dank
25 See That Boy Fly ft. Illa J and Cue D
26 Coming Back
27 Mythsysizer
28 KJay and We Out

May 1, 2009 Posted by | News | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Halftime Radio Celebrates 10 Years With DJ Premier, Pete Rock & Others

On Wednesday March 5th, one of New York City’s most respected hip-hop radio programs, The Halftime Show, will celebrate its ten year anniversary. Each year, DJs Eclipse and Skizz invite high-profile producers to create live beats over which guest rappers rhyme. In commemoration of an entire decade on the air at New York University’s WNYU (89.1 FM), producers DJ Premier, Pete Rock and Alchemist will be in the studio creating beats, while artists like A.G., Boot Camp, Big Noyd, Masta Ace, Reef The Lost Cauze and over 25 other guests will be rapping live on air.

The Halftime Show has built a following since it started in March of 1998 by playing a mix of independent, major label and classic hip-hop. Their interviews and freestyle sessions have included many of today’s superstars when they were starting out, including Eminem, Kanye West and 50 Cent.

The 10th anniversary show airs on March 5 from 10:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. It can be heard in New York on 89.1 FM or online at either www.wnyu.org or through iTunes’ streaming radio service.

February 29, 2008 Posted by | News | , , , , | Leave a comment

Album Preview: Pete Rock New Album “NY’s Finest” Out February 26th

Legendary Hip Hop producer and emcee Pete Rock returns this week with his brand new album “NY’s Finest” via Nature Sounds Records. The album will be 100% produced by Pete Rock and will feature collaboration tracks with artists such as Styles P, Sheek Louch, Jim Jones, Redman, Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Raekwon, Papoose and many more. NY’s Finest will be in stores February 26th, make sure you pick it up and support real hip hop!

Official Tracklisting:
01. Pete Intro
02. We Roll (Feat. Jim Jones & Max B)
03. Till I Retire
04. 914 (Feat. Styles P & Sheek)
05. Questions (Feat. Royal Flush)
06. Best Believe (Feat. Redman)
07. Ready Fe War (Feat. Chip Fu & Renée Of Zhane)
08. Don’t Be Mad
09. Bring Y’all Back (Feat. Masta Ace, Phonte, Wordsworth & Joe Scudda)
10. The Best Secret (Feat. Lords Of The Underground)
11. That’s What (Feat. Rell)
12. The PJ’s (Feat. Raekwon & Masta Killa)
13. Made Man
14. Let’s Go (Feat. Doo Wop)
15. Comprehend (Feat. Papoose)

Check out the album preview on his official myspace page, just click the link below to listen:
Pete Rock – NY’s Finest (Album Preview)
www.myspace.com/peterock

February 21, 2008 Posted by | News | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

CL Smooth Re-Teams With Pete Rock For New Release “Multi-Barz Of Fury”

CL Smooth is back with a brand new solo project, a three song digi-12″ that sees him reuniting with long-time producer partner, Pete Rock. Pete Rock produces the lead title track of the single, “Multi Barz Of Fury”, while Soul Supreme and All Star produce other tracks for the release.

The digital-only release is available over at underground digital distributor www.hiphopsite.com exclusively for a limited time only, with a wider national release set for the end of this month, keep it locked for updates!

Official Tracklisting:
01. Multi Barz of Fury (Produced By Pete Rock)
02. No Love (Produced By All Star)
03. Is It Really You? (Produced By Soul Supreme)

Check out the single right here, Right click & save as to download:
CL Smooth – Multi-Barz Of Fury (Produced By Pete Rock)
http://media.raptalk.net/audio/CL Smooth – Multi-Barz Of Fury Produced By Pete Rock.mp3

January 28, 2008 Posted by | News | , , , , | Leave a comment

Pete Rock New Album “NY’s Finest” Dropping February 26th

Legendary Hip Hop producer and emcee Pete Rock returns this February with his brand new album “NY’s Finest” via Nature Sounds Records. The album will be 100% produced by Pete Rock and will feature collaboration tracks with artists such as Styles P, Sheek Louch, Jim Jones, Redman, Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Raekwon, Papoose and many more. NY’s Finest will be in stores February 26th!

Official Tracklisting:
01. Pete Intro
02. We Roll (Feat. Jim Jones & Max B)
03. Till I Retire
04. 914 (Feat. Styles P & Sheek)
05. Questions (Feat. Royal Flush)
06. Best Believe (Feat. Redman)
07. Ready Fe War (Feat. Chip Fu & Renée Of Zhane)
08. Don’t Be Mad
09. Bring Y’all Back (Feat. Masta Ace, Phonte, Wordsworth & Joe Scudda)
10. The Best Secret (Feat. Lords Of The Underground)
11. That’s What (Feat. Rell)
12. The PJ’s (Feat. Raekwon & Masta Killa)
13. Made Man
14. Let’s Go (Feat. Doo Wop)
15. Comprehend (Feat. Papoose)

Check out the new NY’s Finest EPK right here, just click the link below:
Pete Rock – NY’s Finest EPK
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdPBWG6MbDU

January 8, 2008 Posted by | News | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pete Rock To Release First Album In Four Years “NY’s Finest”

Hip-hop producer/DJ/MC Pete Rock is set to release his first album in four years. Titled NY’s Finest, the album will be released in February 2008 in a joint venture between Soul Survivor Records and NY based indie label Nature Sounds.

The record features a roster of artists that includes Wu-Tang’s Raekwon and Masta Killa, Dipset’s Jim Jones, Papoose, D-Block and Redman amongst others. The first single “We Roll” features Jim Jones and Max B. Other tracks currently circulating are “914” featuring Styles P and Sheek Louch, “The PJ’s” featuring Raekwon and Masta Killa and “Til I Retire” featuring Pete Rock himself.

Born in the Bronx, NY by Jamaican parents, a teenage Pete Rock first hit the scene in the late 80’s when he joined legendary DJ/producer Marley Marl on NY station WBLS’ show “In Control With Marley Marl.” The popularity of the radio show soon led Pete Rock to experiment with production. In 1991, he was joined by up-and-coming rapper CL Smooth and released the debut EP, All Souled Out. In 1992, the duo dropped Mecca And The Soul Brother, one of the most critically acclaimed hip-hop albums of all time. Pete and CL eventually released The Main Ingredient in 1994. Although the album was very well received by critics and fans alike, the project marked the last effort for the duo.

Since then, Pete Rock has lent his production skills to some of the greatest MC’s. He crafted and remixed hits for Nas, Biggie, Jeru The Damaja, and, more recently, Jim Jones, Talib Kweli’s Ear Drum, Redman’s Red’s Gone Wild and Ghostface, for whom he produced tracks for Fishscale, one of music critics’ favorite hip hop albums of 2006.

November 16, 2007 Posted by | News | , , , , | 1 Comment