Pete Rock Says He Studied "Dah Shinin'" For Smif-N-Wessun's "Monumental"

Exclusive: Pete Rock talks about studying Tek & Steele's classic debut to create their fifth album, and brushing up his emcee skills.

Mt. Vernon deejay/producer/emcee Pete Rock is joining Brooklyn, New York duo Smif-n-Wessun on their upcoming June 28 album, Monumental. The longtime partner of emcee C.L. Smooth teamed with the Boot Camp Clik members for their fifth album. Speaking with HipHopDX this month, Rock revealed that in order to help General Steele and Tek progress forward, he studied the duo's 1995 debut. "I went back and listened to Smif-N-Wessun’s Dah Shinin'. I listened to it and used it as a guideline as to what direction i should go in."

Dah Shinin' remains the duo's most celebrated work, as it was completely produced by Da Beatminerz, which at the time compromised of Black Moon's Evil Dee, Mr. Walt and then-member Baby Paul. Despite Da Beatminerz signature lo-fi cassette tape-quality-inspired sound, Pete Rock claims to have upheld his own musical identity. "I kept it 'Pete Rock,' but it’s definitely that good, Smif-n-Wessun feel. I do that with any classic artist I’m doing beats for. I go back and listen to their old projects and then see how I can take that vibe and bring it to today."

Pete Rock Speaks About Improving His Emcee Skills

Known as a legendary producer, Pete Rock is also a 20-plus-year emcee, and that's a role he plays on Monumental. "I need to prove myself doing this thing," admitted Pete about his microphone skills. "When you compare me spitting to the beats I make I’m much greater at the beats. But I know how to spit, I know how to flow. I just never took the time to sit down and write rhymes. So now I got my bars up and I’m ready to get it in. With all the young, vibrant talent that’s out there I need to be able to go in the booth and stand up for myself and let these cats know what it is."

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  • ryan

    Pete Rock is a HORRIBLE MC ... please stop ... and go back to CL ... you know how to make beats ... he knows how to rhyme .. give us the best of both worlds ...

  • StevieB

    The official Pete Rock/ Smif n Wessun Album Teaser:

  • Bowski

    I like Pete's flow & his craftiness w/his word play. As a hardcore Pete Rock fan I will agree that lately his flow tends to sound dated but NEVER wack. But I'm willing to bet that he'll definitely step up his bars/flow (mainly) on this album which seems to have the makings of a classic written all over it.

  • The B

    DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Alchemist, The RZA, Havoc are the top 5 hardcore hiphop producers/beatmakers

    • Charles ExSavior

      I find Pete Rock's sound to be more soulful than hardcore. Replace him in your list with Dr. Dre maybe?

  • Christian Livingbible

    His lyrics are alright but back in the day he was tight, new and changed the game. We need to take our place under God and help change people for the best anything less is uncivilized. You can read and listen to the whole Bible at Change your life and everyone around you today become a Christian and Start listening and reading the Bible daily

  • Anonymous

    Best Producer of All Time.

  • ShowTime NY

    I disagree I like his rhymes..He's not the best rapper but I like his lyrics and voice. He did alright on his first album.. Da shinin is the shit..I need that on CD..I lost mad albums..But I want the CD with Album Cover and Booklet..

  • Vocab

    Love Pete Rock to death. One of my top 3 producers. But man I wish, wish, wish dude would not rap. He's a very average rapper and doesnt ever do his production justice. Stick to the boards Pete!

    • Doubl Negative

      Erick Sermon and Havoc get overlooked when it come to beats because they're primarily know as emcees, but they were both responsible for layin' down the beats on their EPMD/Mobb Deep albums. Hav also had one of the dopest tracks on BIG's Life After Death and E-Double worked with a plethora of artists, mainly his Def Squad brethren, but also laced Illegal's Head or Gut, Cool J's 4,3,2,1 and Jigga's classic '98 posse cut Reservoir Dogs.

    • TheR

      I actually like Pete's voice and flow over Dilla's when it comes to rappin, NY's finest was not his greatest work but I certainly disliked his cuts

    • The MG

      Don't forget Lord Finesse.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. 9th Wonder too. Dilla was a good rapper, so is Diamond D and Large Pro. Not Pete.


    From what I am hearing Monumental will be a good look 4 hip hop. Da shinin is one of the best 90's album. Would be a great thing if Da Beatminerz and Buckshot team up 4 another album

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