Pete Rock is widely recognized as one of the greatest hip
hop producers of all time. His name is oft included in the
pantheon of the greatest, alongside DJ Premier, RZA and
J Dilla. In addition, Pete has one of the world's most
extensive vinyl collections, the sort of collection who's size
can only be estimated - and that estimate stands in excess
of 100,000 LPs. His production forte is the melding of
Jazz with early 90s East Coast boom bap, regularly
sampling classic soul greats like James Brown &
Curtis Mayfield, jazz oddities like Tom Scott &
Les McCann, and innumerable others. This production
prowess is best demonstrated though his work with partner
in rhyme CL Smooth.
There was a time however, before Pete met CL. A time
before the world came to know Pete Rock & CL Smooth. A
time when Pete was a 19 year old in his basement in Mount
Vernon, NY making beats with an SP-1200 drum machine,
sampler, and sequencer. These previously unreleased
beats are now compiled here in Return Of The SP1200, the
debut release from Rock's own Tru Soul Records, and a
tribute to his beloved sampler. Also features additional
scratches from Beat Junkies member J. Rocc.
TRACKLIST A1. Dreamer * A2. Harps of Heaven * A3. Round Midnight A4. Hope The World Don't Stop (Before I Get Mines) A5. Neo Funk * A6. Kool Jazz * A7. Gutta Music
B1. Death Becomes You (Instrumental) B2. Live From The Basement (Up, Up And Away) B3. Traveling Man * B4. Street Dreams B5. Below O * B6. A Khalimba Story B7. Food 4 Thought * B8. Take A Knee
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