Can you believe New York isn’t the centre of the rap universe any more? Pete Rock fights hard against that notion with this solid 15-track project. But We Roll sounds more like some Internet remix blend than Pete Rock actually blessing Jim Jones with one of the best beats he will ever rap on in his career.
The Chocolate Boy Wonder’s voice sounds more confident than it’s ever been, sending jabs and uppercuts at critics on the quotable Run-DMC-sampling jam Till I Retire and making you wish he and CL Smooth would just friggin’ make a new album. Ready Fe War is a super-hit-in-waiting, highlighting the jaw-dropping rawness of Chip Fu and Rene from Zhane, and featuring Pete Rock himself busting some sickening patois flow.
Rock updates the Gotham sonic template for 2008, proving New York hiphop isn’t dead, just reincarnating.