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The time has come for Pete Rock AKA The Chocolate Boy Wonder to step up, and push the envelope once again. Constantly producing and remixing music's brightest stars (Nas, Public Enemy, Mos Def and Talib Kweli, Notorious B.I.G., Run DMC, Q-Tip, Mary J. Blige) and having released a classic solo album Soul Survivor (1998) and Instrumental excursion Petestrumentals (2001) Pete Rock returns With Soul Survivor 2. In Pete Rock the people have a savior and a new sense of hope that will inspire a revolution in Hip Hop. Pete Rock has time and time again proven to be successful in his development of a sound that's relevant in Hip Hop at any given point, while still staying true to his loyal fan base.
With Soul Survivor 2 Pete Rock returns to give the world what they've been waiting for, a truly diverse artist album that tells the whole story. Soul Survivor 2 is an album that restores the much needed soul that Hip Hop has been missing. Acting as MC, and producer Pete Rock has assembled a cast of Hip Hop's most talented artists to deliver more than just a sequel to Soul Survivor . Having recorded hundreds of tracks since Soul Survivor , Pete Rock has cultivated a masterpiece that will inspire a whole generation. Pete teamed up with Dead Prez to create "Warzone", a club and street anthem for 2004 reminiscent of the heyday of Public Enemy and NWA when the music had so much soul that you couldn't help but dance to it, but at the same time it also presented a strong social message. Diverse as usual, Pete Rock is not only about the soul of the revolution on the streets but also about the jams for the summertime.
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth have crafted the summertime anthem titled "Love Thing", which brings to the forefront Justin Timberlake backup singer Denosh. "Love Thing" is truly an important song for Hip Hop culture as it celebrates the woman behind every man and the special bond they share. Other standout collaborations with Pete Rock on the album include the poignant Pharoahe Monch on "Just Do It", the soulful North Carolina group Little Brother on "Give It 2 Ya", and Slum Village's certified head banger "Da Villa". The album also features collaborations with Talib Kweli, Kardinal Offishall, RZA, GZA, Postaboy, J-Dilla, Black Ice, Leela James, Skillz and Krumbsnatcha. From explosive club bangers to summer jams and rugged street anthems Soul Survivor 2 is the quintessential hip-hop album.
Personnel: Pete Rock; J Dilla, Dead Prez, Postaboy, Kardinal Offishall, Krumbsnatcha, Little Brother, Pharoahe Monch, RZA, Talib Kweli, Leela James, C.L. Smooth.
Pete Rock may be best known for his early-1990s work with C.L. Smooth and particularly for the duo's enduring hit "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)." However, given his collaborations with everyone from A Tribe Called Quest to Talib Kweli, the one-time DJ and his larger influence on hip-hop cannot be underestimated. Rock's beat-layering brilliance is most obvious on his solo albums, and though they are few and far between, each one becomes treasured by loyal fans.
SOUL SURVIVORS II continues Rock's streak of hip-hop mastery and features a host of respected rappers, who proceed to display their lyrical deftness over the best beats he has to offer. The RZA joins the GZA on the horn-laced "Head Rush," while lesser-known Krumbsnatcha states his case on the sinister "Beef," and the incomparable Pharoahe Monch contributes his rambling-yet-proficient rapping skills to the funky "Just Do It." The best moment, however, may be when Rock reunites with Smooth on the sly "It's a Love Thing." The result reaches the level of rap genius, and tops off a record that does not disappoint.
With his partner in crime, C.L. Smooth, Pete Rock was part of one of the True School's most beloved duos. As a DJ, beatmaker, and mixtape guru, however, the Bronx native became flat-out hip-hop royalty. Rock is a pillar of the underground grind, but, thanks to his sterling reputation for beat mining and an undeniable ear for the hit, his production work has graced records by everyone from Public Enemy, Ghostface, and Nas to 50 Cent, Notorious B.I.G., and even Brandy and Keisha Cole. His solo albums blend boom-bap beats and jazzy samples and productions into a distinctively tasteful whole. Simply put, Pete Rock is an institution.
Rolling Stone (p.122) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Pete Rock has been crushing grooves with consistency. SOUL SURVIVOR II is no exception to Rock's rule."
Q (p.118) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[W]hen Pete's old partner CL Smooth turns up on the irresistible 'Appreicate,' it's clear a master is at the controls."
Vibe (p.153) - 3 1/2 out of 5 - "Even with an assortment of guests, Pete's sample-heavy collages are diverse enough to make SOUL SURVIVOR II a true album experience rather than another compilation."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.113) - 3 stars out of 5 - "SS2 finds Urban column fave Pete Rock back at the peak of his powers."
Truth Is - (featuring Black Ice)
We Good - (featuring Kardinal Offishall)
Just Do It - (featuring Pharoahe Monch)
Give It to Ya - (featuring Little Brother)
It's the Postaboy - (featuring Postaboy)
It's A Love Thing - (featuring C.L. Smooth/Denosh)
One MC One DJ - (featuring Skillz)
Beef - (featuring Krumbsnatcha)
No Tears - (featuring Leela James)
Head Rush - (featuring RZA/GZA)
Fly Till I Die - (featuring Talib Kweli/C.L. Smooth)
Warzone - (featuring Dead Prez)
Da Villa - (featuring Slum Village)
Niggaz Know - (featuring J Dilla)
Appreciate - (featuring C.L. Smooth)
It's to his credit that this album is indeed on par with some of his best recordings, and occasional