In an interview for "The Revival" web series, hip-hop producer and emcee Pete Rock shares his thoughts on the Golden Era of hip hop, his influences, and his approach to making beats. Check out the full interview in the video above.
The interview forms the first episode of The MC Media Group's new web series, entitled "The Revival." According to The Revival webpage, the series focuses on hip hop artists who have "made a tremendous impact" on hip hop culture and seeks to rediscover the "true essence" of hip hop. The series highlights the organic approach that characterized the Golden Era of hip hop, as opposed to the "repetitive rotation" of today's mainstream hip hop, as well as how that organic approach is resurfacing in today's music.
Pete Rock makes a great artist to open the series. From his early days as a DJ and hip hop artist to his career as a producer for such legends as Run DMC, Nas, and Notorious B.I.G., Pete Rock helped create some of the greatest tracks of the '90s. His masterful use of jazz and soul samples had a major influence on the sound of hip hop in that decade. As for the Golden Era, he pretty much sums it up like this: "It was very real, what we did. It spoke to the soul, and it inspired people."