(From the archive) In praise of ... Pete Rock, hip-hop producer

One year ago to this day, I published this - my first piece of writing on hip-hop here on my site, madeleinebyrne.com in praise of ... Pete Rock, which I have recently reworked/changed so that it better represents the reasons why I respect his oeuvre so much. Read the article here

Over this past year my personal and professional life has expanded in so many really beautiful ways, connected to my real passion for hip-hop (and music in general) and my writing. I feel like I've found my place, here in this community and my voice.

Thank you James Mayfield and Andrew Smith - my two brothers 'in hip-hop' at Hip Hop Forum Digital Magazine and Hip Hop Forum. We have a really great thing going and it will only get better.

Thanks too to Andy Love
and Adrian AceBoogie Murray - who were both there at the very 'start' when it all kind of fell into place for me:

[Intro]
Uh, Uh, Uh, 1, 2, 1, 2
Uh, Uh, 1, 2, 1, 2, uh, uh
All my dogs

[Hook]
It's bigger than hip hop, hip hop, hip hop, hip
It's bigger than hip hop, hip hop, hip hop, hip hop

[Verse 1]
Uh, one thing 'bout music, when it hit you feel no pain
white folks says it controls your brain
I know better than that, that's game and we ready for that
Two soldiers head of the pack, matter of fact who got the gat?
And where my army at?