Pete Rock and CL Smooth were true to hip hop’s soul roots, fusing intricate soul samples with jazz breaks, and blessing these concoctions with thought-provoking and knowledgeable lyrics. CL Smooth’s homey voice is one of hip hop’s most recognizable while production partner Pete Rock has become one of hip hop’s most influential producers.
The son of Jamaican immigrants, Peter Philips grew up surrounded by his father’s extensive record collection. The elder Philips was a DJ, spinning records at various gigs and would often bring young Peter with him. While attending high school in Mount Vernon, New York, Peter linked up with Corey Penn, who would later become the instantly recognizable voice of the two.... Read More