At the DJ Hero 2 launch party it was only right that legendary producer Pete Rock was a topic of discussion.
The game’s unofficial brand ambassador J Period was excited to talk about his recent success in reuniting Pete Rock and CL Smooth on the remix to “Our Generation” from John Legend’s forthcoming album, Wake up!
“I’m doing a mixtape for the Wake Up! album and the first single is a remix to “Our Generation” an Ernie Hines song that Pete and CL used for ‘Straighten It Out,’” he explains. “So I had to go back and reunite Pete and CL for this. I worked with CL a few years ago on the “Man On Fire” mixtape and when I asked Pete he said yes.”
While Pete and CL have been spotted performing overseas this was the first time they’ve been on a song together since 2004.
“It’s important because it’s bringing back the classic record they did originally and number two it’s a positive hip-hop record, there’s a scarcity of those,” J. Period said. “I think that was a great moment for them to come back together.”
Tek of Smiff-N-Wessun, who just released the first single from their Pete Rock produced album Monumental, was also among those in attendance at the Gramercy Park rooftop. He also had nothing but praise for The Chocolate Boy Wonder.
“That record [was] made three weeks ago,” Tek said of ‘Monumental [CLICK HERE TO LISTEN]. “We’re actually in the process of finishing the album, Monumental. Smiff-N-Wessun’s fifth album produced entirely by Pete Rock. It’s been in the making for a couple of months now. We tossed a couple of producers names around and Pete Rock is the one that got our vote.”
The 14 track album is slated for a November 9th release date.
While Tek admitted to taking an L in DJ Hero 2 competition the rest of us will get our chance to cut and scratch through 83 original tracks and 11 exclusive remixes by DJ’s Jazzy Jeff, Shadow, Z-Trip, The Scratch Perverts, Diplo and A-Trak on October 19, 2010.
Check out photos from the event below courtesy of the Darkroom Demons.