A truck load of lost greatness from Pete Rock, featuring the mic skills of INI (Rob O and Grap Luva) and Deda – two previously unreleased full lengths together in one limited edition 2CD package! Ya probably guessed as much before you even started to read this, but for our money these two albums, recorded in the 90s but only now seeing the light of day, are both just about as strong as many of the best hip hop long players of 2003! The Center Of Attention LP with INI, and Original Baby Pa with Deda, were both recorded during the period Pete& CL were beginning to part ways, and escaping the contractual grasp of Elektra
. Pete stayed busy the whole time, building a healthy archive of top notch productions featuring young & hungry MCs, some of which were booted while others remained under wraps for years. Of course it's all built on the staple Pete Rock sound, rich and heavy with dense bass, propulsive beats, minimal, yet incredibly strong jazzy samples, and a tight over all sound. On Center Of Attention, INI – Rob O and Grap Luva – handle the rhymes, with guest appearances by Q-Tip and Large Professor on "To Each His Own". 16 tracks on this part of the set, including the intro: "No More Words", "Step Up", "Think Twice", "Square One", "The Life I Live", "Krossroads", "Fakin' Jax", "What You Say", "Mind Over Matter", "Don't You Love It", "Microphone Wanderlust" and more. Original Baby Pa is another lost classic – with all the chubby basslines, head-nodding beats, cascading jazzy samples floating around and Pete's soulful "ahh"s, "mmm"s and "ooh"s interjected every now and then. 13 tracks from this set, including "Baby Pa", "How Im Livin", "Blah Uno", "I Originate", "Nasty Scene", "Press Rewind", "Rhyme Writer" and "Understand?".
(Out of print.)