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From the moment he appeared as the 16-year-old featured DJ on Marley Marl’s In Control Rap Show on WBLS in 1988, Pete Rock was destined for higher heights. Following in the footsteps of his radio mentor, the Mount Vernon-bred starchild may have caught his initial break via a bit of music biz nepotism (being cousin to the Marley-produced Heavy D), but proved more than worthy of these blessings by going on to become hip-hop’s most dominant producer of ’92 and ’93.

Originally Published in ego trip #7, 1996.

Read the interview at egotripland.

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