My Top 5 Favorite Pete Rock Tracks

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If you produce hip hop music, more than likely you’re influenced by this guy. And if not, start studying no matter what type of hip hop you make.

This list started out as my favourite Pete Rock remixes but I got distracted due to my short attention span and turned it into my favourite Pete Rock beats. It was hard picking just 5 seeing that this man’s catalog is deeper than your mum. That being said, these are the tracks that had the biggest impact on me as a yungin’ (do ppl still say “yungin”?).

*note - You’ll notice “They Reminisce Over You” isn’t on the list and that is because it transcends any and all lists and is the best beat in the world. Not up for discussion.

In no particular order:


1) Das Efx – Real Hip Hop (RMX)

I was a huge Das Efx fan and while their second album kinda flopped, this remix was sick! It was the first time I heard Pete flip this type of sample as he usually is a master with the horns. The contrast of the melodic synth in the sample against Das’ gritty style/delivery was perfect.

2) House of Pain – Jump Around (RMX)

Do I need to explain anything here? It’s a bit of a smack in the face that Puff thinks he invented the remix, but I digress. The original “Jump Around” was already tearin’ up clubs/bars/pubs then this happens. Pete’s signature horn samples on the hook took it over the top for me. Well played Pete.
*noteAm I the only one that thinks Pete’s verse was freestyled?

3) Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – Straighten It Out

Man look….the horns on this hook! It’s not the fact that he sampled horns, its the fact that he always knew which part of the horns to sample. Next to “They Reminisce Over You”, the horn sample on this joint comes second. It was the same type of formula as T.R.O.Y. but it had a different feel and worked.
*note –  Am I the only one that thinks C.L. Smooth says “…kiss the pu**y” at the 2:34 mark?

4) Run DMC ft. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – Down with the King

I won’t lie, when I first heard about this song before actually hearing it….I wasn’t interested. Run DMC had run their course by this time. Not saying that they’re not STILL legends, I’m just saying if Rev. Run dropped a single tomorrow I won’t be checking for it (no shots). So imagine hearing about the current legends at the time teaming up with the legends I really didn’t want to hear from for fear of tarnishing my memories of them. This was my internal battle until I heard the track. Everyone came right and more importantly, the beat was retarded. Another melodic sample flip from “Hair” the Broadway musical version.

5) Public Enemy – Shut Em Down (RMX)

Signature PR horns and Chuck D. Nuff said. So classic, Primo scratched Chuck’s “1,2,3,4,5” for B.I.G’s 10 Crack Commandments.

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