Peter Phillips (born June 21, 1970), better known by his stage name Pete Rock, is an American record producer, DJ and rapper. He rose to prominence in the early 1990s as one half of the critically acclaimed group Pete Rock & CL Smooth. After the duo went their separate ways, Rock continued with a solo career that has garnered him worldwide respect, though little in the way of mainstream success.
Along with groups such as Stetsasonic, A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots and Gang Starr, Rock played a major role in the merging of elements from jazz into hip hop music (also known as jazz rap). He is widely recognized as one of the greatest hip hop producers of all time, and is often mentioned alongside DJ Premier and RZA as one of the mainstays of 1990s East Coast hip hop production. Rock is also the older brother and younger cousin, respectively, of rappers Grap Luva and Heavy D.
While working as a DJ with Marley Marl on Hot 97's Future Flavas show, Rock was able to forge a relationship with Loud Records, allowing him to release his solo album “Soul Survivor” in the summer of 1998.
After being dropped from the Loud imprint, Rock signed with Rapster/BBE under his own label Soul Brother Recordings. His first release on the imprint was “PeteStrumentals,” which was mostly made up of previously unreleased Rock beats recorded between 1990 and 1995 but remixed and mastered for the 2001 BBE Project. The album featured two additional 2001 songs that featured the vocals from The UN.
Since then he has continued releasing solo albums including 2004's “Soul Survivor II.” In that same year he also produced the bulk of Edo G's “My Own Worst Enemy,” as well as a track for the all-girl rap group Northern State.
Rock returned to greater visibility through a closer relationship with the Wu-Tang Clan. Their collaborations began with “Soul Survivor,” which featured Inspectah Deck, Method Man, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon on various tracks as well as producing a track each for Inspectah Deck's and Raekwon's respective 1999 albums. Rock continued to work with the Wu on “Soul Survivor II” which featured both GZA and RZA. In 2006 he also produced three tracks for Ghostface's release “Fishscale,” including the first single, and Nature Sounds labelmate Masta Killa's second album, “Made in Brooklyn.”
Rock has cultivated a relationship with Brooklyn-based Nature Sounds Records. He released an album entitled “NY's Finest” in February 2008, featuring Raekwon, Masta Killa, D-Block, Redman, Papoose, Slum Village and Jim Jones, among others, on Nature Sounds. The lead single from the album was “914” and featured rappers Sheek Louch and Styles P.