The Lab Unisex T-Shirt

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The Lab Unisex T-Shirt

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Finally, a way to show your respect for some of the greatest icons, legends and pioneers that paved the way past and present. Rock this gear in style and bring back the moments that made you, memories they gave you and/or lessons they taught you. Scroll down for a history lesson with some of our favorite clips.

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Features:

  • 4.2 oz., 100% airlume combed and ringspun cotton
  • retail fit
  • unisex sizing
  • shoulder taping
  • side-seamed
  • pre-shrunk
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PETE ROCK IN THE STUDIO!

 

Peter O. Phillips (born June 21, 1970), better known by his stage name Pete Rock, is an American record producer, DJ and rapper. He is widely recognized as one of the greatest hip hop producers of all time, and is often mentioned alongside DJ PremierRZA and J Dilla as one of the mainstays of 1990s East Coast hip hop production. He rose to prominence in the early 1990s as one half of the critically acclaimed group Pete Rock & CL Smooth. Early on in his career, he was also famed for his remix work.

After the duo went their separate ways, Rock continued with a solo career that has garnered him worldwide respect, though little in the way of mainstream success. Along with groups such as StetsasonicGang StarrA Tribe Called Quest and The Roots, Rock played a major role in the merging of elements from jazz into hip hop music (also known as jazz rap). Pete Rock is also the older brother and younger cousin, respectively, of rappers Grap Luva and Heavy D.

 

Pete Rock – Top 10 Beats

Production

An E-mu SP-1200 that Pete Rock used to create music and beats on one of his many early recordings.

Pete Rock creates beats from samples, the majority of which are taken from obscure R&Bfunk, and jazz records. Early on in his career he would also sample drum breaks such as Black Heat‘s “Zimba Ku” for Heavy D & The Boyz‘s “Letter To The Future”. Pete Rock heavily used the E-mu SP-1200 as well as the AKAI [S950]—later moving onto using the MPC—for his productions. Pete Rock tends to use the samples as palettes for his beats, chopping (cutting the sample into smaller parts), filtering (altering the frequencies of the sample), and layering several samples, often within the same song. While this technique was applied long before Rock (on De La Soul‘s Three Feet High and Rising or the work of The Bomb Squad for example), Rock’s work is distinctive for the way in which he uses samples to achieve a hazy, droning effect. He is also noted for his resonant basslines, horn samples, and gritty sounding drums. His beats often sound as though they were being played from an old vinyl record; he samples many of his sounds straight off these records. He frequently recorded at Greene St. Recording in Manhattan, having liked the equalizer that was used there, which gave many of his productions a wah-wah effect.

Another trait of his, more so in the earlier part of his career, is the way he uses horn samples to supplement his grooves. On “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)“, Rock uses a horn sample from Tom Scott‘s “Today”; he has also used horns on “Straighten It Out”, Public Enemy‘s “Shut ‘Em Down”, Rah Digga‘s “What They Call Me”, and A.D.O.R.’s “Let It All Hang Out”.

Along with Gang StarrThe Roots and A Tribe Called Quest, Pete Rock played a large role in the fusing of jazz and funk music into hip hop. The aforementioned “Reminisce…” withstanding, Rock used many jazz samples on his album Mecca and The Soul Brother, such as Cannonball Adderley‘s “Country Preacher”, for the song “Return of the Mecca”, or “Capricorn” for the song “In the House” from The Main Ingredient. Pete Rock’s heavy use of intro and outro beats has also been widely influential. To introduce feature songs, he often plays a short instrumental excerpt, completely different from the rest of the song. Aside from their role as transitions, these are widely regarded as a way of displaying his large collection and as a challenge to other hip-hop producers to identify the records that the breaks come from. Mecca & the Soul Brother and The Main Ingredient use intro/outro beats on nearly every track to great effect, and the tradition continues to the present on Rock’s recent releases.

Remixes

“Another Pete Rock Remix” is Pete Rock’s trademark catchphrase, heard on countless singles that he has remixed. In addition to hip-hop artists he has done remix work for artists from other genres such as his 1995 remix of “Before You Walk Out Of My Life” for R&B singer Monica. In 1992 he collaborated with Mary J. Blige on the What’s the 411? single “Reminisce”, which utilized the same sample from his own single “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)”. Rock claims to have done several high-profile remixes that remain unreleased, including one of Madonna‘s “Secret“. He also claims to have produced the original beat for The Notorious B.I.G.‘s “Juicy” and that it was recreated by P. Diddy and Poke (of Tone & Poke fame), without consent. However, he was invited to produce the remix, which utilizes the same sample as the original—Mtume‘s “Juicy Fruit”. Although he received no official producer credit, he made the original demo beat for A Tribe Called Quest‘s “Jazz (We’ve Got)“, which was then recreated by Q-Tip on the album The Low End Theory. He remixed Public Enemy‘s “Shut ’em Down” and “Nighttrain” in the same day, starting at 12pm and finishing at 12am.

Up until 2003, he created all of his productions on the E-mu SP-1200, thereafter using the AKAI MPC2000XL. He also has a collection of about 90,000 records and looks for records at least once a week. Pete Rock was one of nine artists who participated in thetruth.com‘s Remix Project, where he remixed the Sunny Side song “Magical Amount”.

Influence

Pete Rock has had a considerable impact on a number of record producers who have emerged in the hip hop scene since the late 1990s. Critics have favorably compared Detroit producer J Dilla and North Carolina’s 9th Wonder to Rock; both of them worked with Rock during their recording careers. Several of the comparisons stem from the fact that these producers have created the bulk of their productions out of samples, as well as the warm, mellow, and exuberant undertones apparent in their work. Pete Rock himself has added validation to the comparisons with J Dilla by stating “he’s the only producer in this game that was just as serious [as me].”

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UNISEX FIT & SIZE CHART

SIZEFITS CHESTLENGTH
XS34"27"
S36"28"
M40"29"
L44"30"
XL48"31"
2X52"32"
3X56"33"
4X62"34"
5x66"35"

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