With a production discography jam packed with classics, Pete Rock dropping knowledge on the game is always a treat. Interestingly, Hip-Hop’s no. 1 Soul Brother makes his beats strictly with hardware (think: the MPC2o00XL) and doesn’t use software (think: Fruity Loops). Also, he respects Kanye West’s “direction.”
The Mt. Vernon native confirmed his affinity for strictly drum machines in an interview with Hypetrak. “I’m using hardware. I don’t use software to make beats,” who listed the Akai MPC Renaissance, 2500 and 2000XL as some of the machines he uses. “I’ve been doing it like this for years. Regardless of what’s out there right now, Pro-Tools, Fruity Loops and stuff like that, I don’t do those programs. Something about the drum machine…I love tapping.”
When asked about Kanye West’s Yeezus, the Chocolate Boy Wonder gave praise to Yeezy, but stopped short of saying it was the brand of Hip-Hop he makes.
“Kanye is a very talented producer. He does what he wants to do,” said Pete Rock. “I think what he’s trying to do is something new in the industry and Hip-Hop itself. If he wanted to make real Hip-Hop I believe he can. He just chose a different direction, I respect it.”
Rock also mentioned that he and CL Smooth (the both of them are currently on tour) are re-recording Mecca and the Soul Brother with a live band. Sounds ill.
Peep the full interview with Pete Rock below.