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PETE ROCK – Grammy Award winning Producer Pete Rock, also known as Soul Brother #1 and the The Chocolate Boy Wunda, has arguably pioneered the fusing of jazz, funk and soul into hip-hop, laying down the blueprint for beautiful soulful production in hip-hop. He revolutionized rap production through groundbreaking studio wizardry. He made remixes matter more than the original songs. He established ad-libs as a standard recording asset. Editors from has ranked Pete Rock as #2 in their "Top 50 Hip-Hop Producers" list. Pete Rock was born Peter Phillips in the Bronx and claims Mount Vernon as his "hood". he is a legendary producer and DJ , just in case you didn't know. pete rock rose to prominence in the early 90's as one half of the critically acclaimed group Pete Rock & CL Smooth. He was introduced to the music business by Heavy D, introduced to the love of music by his father (an avid record collector) and inspired by James Brown. Pete Rock's first big break was as a DJ on New york's WBLS radio show "In Control With Marley Marl." The then 16 year old Pete Rock was recognized by the listening audience as the man "putting in work" as he would use double copies of each record to cut up every song he played when most New York DJ's would only use double copies on every 3rd and 4th song. Today, Pete Rock's ability to provide soulful blends of music across numerous genres has reset the standard for a powerful musical experience where he continues to "put in work" as he moves the crowd. With a fan-base that stretches from North America to Asia as both a DJ and Producer. It's no wonder that A-list celebrities across the world frequent his parties and studio sessions to get inspired. Pete Rock's inspiration has translated into over 25 million albums sold worldwide. along With Pete Rock's production credits, high profile DJ sets, comparison to Quincy Jones and Kanye West, referring to himself as "the new version of Pete Rock". it is Pete Rock's ability to continue to influence the masses 20 years later with his extraordinary DJ sets and highly anticipated producer-driven album projects that only confirms age is not a factor when you are a genius. *** SLUM VILLAGE – Chances are, if you are anywhere near the Detroit music scene, you have heard of the influential hip hop trio that makes up Slum Village. The group was founded in the early 90s by 3 childhood friends: Baatin, T3, rapper and producer J Dilla, who all grew up together in the Conant Gardens neighborhood of Detroit, MI. After leaving Pershing High School, the trio began to forge a path into the Detroit underground hip hop scene and quickly found themselves steadily gaining popularity, where they originally went by the name Ssenepod. With a growing momentum now cemented in the underground, the group took on a forward trajectory toward bigger and better things, and in 1991 changed their name to Slum Village. J Dilla joined the production team known as The Ummah, which produced the two last A Tribe Called Quest studio albums, as well as hits for a number of R&B and hip hop musicians, and in 1996, they recorded their first album Vol. 1 , recorded in Dillas basement and RJ Rice Studios, it was critically acclaimed in the Detroit underground scene. It later found its way into the hands of A Tribe Called Quest's own Q-Tip, who played it for some of hip hop's elite, such as Busta Rhymes, Questlove, and D'angelo. This fruitful alliance led to an opening gig for A Tribe Called Quest on their Farewell tour in 1998. Slum Village landed their first record deal in 1998 with Barak/AM records. Due to label politics, the group was forced to release their album "Best Kept Secret" under the alias J-88,. Their now classic record, "Fantastic, Vol. 2 was also in production, but was not officially released until 2000 through Barak/GoodVibe Records. "Fantastic Vol. 2 was dubbed an immediate classic from fans and industry tastemakers. This album featured an A list line up including Busta Rhymes, Common, D'angelo, Jazzy Jeff, Pete Rock, Kurupt, and Q-Tip who passed the torch to Slum Village on the record "Hold Tight". On the heels of this record release followed a tour with The Roots on the Okay Players tour/D'angelo Voodoo tour. In 2001, while sitting down to discuss future plans, J Dilla made the decision to leave the group to pursue his solo career, citing the group was well established enough to move on without him. With J Dilla still around helping Young RJ with production, Baatin and T3 started work on their next album "Trinity" through Barak/Capital Records, featuring Elzhi on 6 of the tracks. This album would feature their first commercial single "Tainted" which ft an unknown Dwele, also disco and the remix produced by Timberland. Slum was presented with their headlining opportunity on the Family Tree tour, featuring Phife from A Tribe Called Quest. In 2002, Dirty District, a compilation of songs by Detroit rappers largely produced by T3 and Young RJ, was released. The group then became a duo consisting of T3 and Elzhi, Baatin became sick touring shortly before the release of their 2004 album, Detroit Deli (A Taste of Detroit) and departed to seek treatment. The album included the hit single, "Selfish", produced by Kanye West and featuring John Legend. The song samples a part of the intro to the hit song "Call Me" by Aretha Franklin. After parting ways with Capitol Records in 2005, they released Prequel to a Classic, a mixtape of mostly previously unreleased material, Slum went back into the studio to record the self-titled album Slum Village, with production from Young RJ and Black Milk. Following the album's release, they went on tour with Shady Aftermath group, D12. Tragedy struck in 2006 in the form of the loss of founding member J Dilla, to lupus, which put the group on a 4 year hiatus. In 2009, T3 reunited Baatin with the group, brought in Illa J (of Yancey Boys fame and J Dilla's brother), and along with Young RJ, RJ Rice and Elzhi, started production on their next album, Villa Manifesto. Slum Village went back on the road as a trio including Baatin. Later in 2009 , Slum village performed at Rock the Bells as a trio consisting of T3 , Elzhi and Baatin, with the latter still coping with bipolar schizophrenia making him unable to travel when the tour continued into Canada that year. While T3 and Elzhi performed the Canadian shows, tragedy struck for a second time, claiming Baatin that summer at home in Detroit, his death was felt deeply throughout the Detroit Hip Hop scene. In 2010, the album "Villa Manifesto" was released under Ne'astra/Koch Records, featuring the late Baatin. By that time Elzhi had decided to move on and focus on pursuing his own solo career. Even though the group has suffered many heartaches and member changes, Slum Village always finds a way to reinvent themselves. At present, the evolution of Slum Village continues with a reinvigorated energy, with founding member T3 holding down the legacy , and grammy nominated producer Young RJ and Illa j, the young prodigy at his side. Slum Village has a new mixtape "Dirty Slums", presented by DJ Mick Boogie, featuring artists such as Big Sean, Rapper Big Pooh, De La Soul, Focus, Skyzoo, Phonte, and Phife,after 100,000+downloads and rave reviews, the group released an official full length album and are planning on a sequel As the industry changes, so has Slum Village, and yet and still while some think SV may have crashed and burned, they just keep coming up like the rising phoenix.

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