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[GIG] Triptych 07: Pete Rock + Marley Marl @ The Lemon Tree


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Pete Rock

New York hip-hop lodestar Pete Rock has evolved and enlivened East Coast rap since the 1980s. Emerging as the prodigal sidekick on legendary radio show In Control With Marley Marl, (the two will reunite at Triptych 07), Rock aka Peter Phillips rose to prominence as one half of vintage hip-hop trailblazers Pete Rock & CL Smooth, whose classic Mecca (1992) and The Main Ingredient (1994) albums are among the genres most celebrated and enduring releases. Lauded with DJ Premier and RZA as one of raps most formidable talents, Rock also played a major role in assimilating jazz into hip-hop alongside Gang Starr and A Tribe Called Quest.

Marley Marl

One of hip-hops consummate producers and architects, New Yorks Marlon Williams Marley Marl pioneered the art of sampling and, in turn, stridently mapped the aural landscape for rap musics late-80s Golden Age.

As founder of Cold Chillin Records, Marl amassed an artistic stable which boasted New Yorks greatest hip-hop talents: Juice Crews Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie and Roxanne Shante among them. His colossal production work galvanised by a lustrous, muscular, thunderous idiom was vital in shifting the paradigms of hip-hop from street-level craze to mainstream concern.

Alongside further, cardinal work with the likes of Erik B & Rakim and LL Cool J, he is also revered as a critical beat-maker: among the first to sample James Brown grooves and an early champion of drum loops, Marley Marl is an indubitable, and enduring, hip-hop legend.


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