Exclusive: Pete Rock explains why Nas' "Illmatic" still holds appeal after 20 years and announces a pair of upcoming releases.
The year 2014 could prove a very nostalgic one for Pete Rock and his fans.
The Mount Vernon, New York native will see the Pete Rock & CL Smooth album, The Main Ingredient, celebrate its 20-year anniversary. Additionally, Nas’ debut album, Illmatic—which boasts the Pete Rock-produced “The World Is Yours”—will also see a twentieth anniversary.
During an recent interview with HipHopDX, Pete Rock explains why he thinks Illmatic has maintained its appeal after almost 20 years.
“At that time and that point in your career, your adrenaline is flowing so much that everything you do comes out great,” Pete Rock says. “You don’t realize it until you come back to the whole thing. When I listened to the whole album, I said, ‘Wow. This kid is definitely the future, and he’s gonna be a force.’”
These days, Pete Rock is keeping busy with a handful of projects. He's working on an upcoming De La Soul EP and announced new installments of a pair of his earlier solo projects.
“I’m working on my new album, Soul Survivor 3,” Pete Rock said. “I’ve got my new website, PeteRock.com, out there, and I’m pushing merchandise on there. You can buy T-shirts, download free music and so forth. Soul Brother University is coming soon, as well as PeteStrumentals 2. I’m working with Skyzoo and Torae, and I’m also working with De La Soul on an EP. I’m still being me.”