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Legendary producer, DJ and rapper, Pete Rock is a key player behind the ever-expanding genre of hip-hop. Having paid his dues for the last 20 years, Pete Rock continues to display talent via the epic Pete Rock vs. DJ Premier series, and more recently, his mixtape 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s Part 2. Our musically savvy compardes HYPETRAK recently caught up with the icon at his New York residence, where he spoke on what hip-hop means to him, thoughts on Yeezus, in addition to paying homage to the late great musician Heavy D. Pete Rock also lets us in on his studio set-up, offering a boom bap instrumental off the MPC to wrap up the interview.