Pete Rock Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records

Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun f/ Sean Price & Styles P “That’s Hard” (2011)

Album: Monumental

Label: Duck Down

Pete Rock: “I think word gets out pretty quick, ‘Yo, Pete Rock’s producing an album for Tek and Steele. We should round up this person and that person.’ But out of respect for Tek and Steele, the artists came forth, that’s all I can say about that. It was a beautiful thing to get all them on a track together.

“They [recorded] that on their own, and I came in one day, and they played the song with Styles on it, and I was like, ‘Wow!’ I kept rewinding the verse like, ‘This is crazy.’ I didn’t [know they were getting him]. That was a surprise to me.

“Me and Dru Ha been friends for years, so we always talked about working and doing a project together, and now here it is. What we talked about doing for years is finally done. The response has been great. We had the listening party at the Ace Hotel in New York hosted by Cipha Sounds, and it turned out pretty good. I don’t want to jinx anything, but I have a pretty good lineup [for 2011]. I am actually doing a song with Nas for his new album.”

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