The focus of Soul Survivor was to be an homage to the producer albums that changed to rap game forever updated to modern times. Pete Rock wanted to make the 1998 hybrid version of Marley Marl’s In Control Vol. 1 and DJ Mark The 45 King’s The Master Of The Game. He succeeded but unfortunately the landscape of the major label Rap game was changing so dramatically as we entered 1999 that brilliant songs like Pete & CL’s reunion track “Da Two”, his update of the Kool G Rap classic “Truly Yours 98” featuring Large Professor and his de facto theme song “#1 Soul Brother” ultimately fell on deaf ears (as opposed to def ones).
Fifteen years later, Pete Rock’s Soul Survivor sounds just as great today as it did the day it was released. When Pete Rock released his next LP Petestrumentals on BBE in 2001, it generated new interest in his production career. Also, for the past twelve years, fans have begun re-discovering this album thanks in part to a behind-the-scenes making of Soul Survivor documentary that was first posted on YouTube back in 2006. It’s online where a new generation of rap fans stumbled on the video to the lead single “Tru Master” featuring Inspectah Deck of Wu-Tang Clan and Kurupt of Tha Dogg Pound and wondered how come few people mention this album today.
Salute Pete Rock, the number one Soul Brother.