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Soul Survivor II
     

Soul Survivor II

4.5 2
by Pete Rock
 
Though by the mid-'90s he had earned his status as one of the finest producers in hip-hop, Pete Rock's solo career didn't get off to a good start. He split with C.L. Smooth in 1995 and moved back into independent production for several years, occasionally getting together a project with personal appeal, like his brother's group, InI. Finally signed to Loud/RCA for his

Overview

Though by the mid-'90s he had earned his status as one of the finest producers in hip-hop, Pete Rock's solo career didn't get off to a good start. He split with C.L. Smooth in 1995 and moved back into independent production for several years, occasionally getting together a project with personal appeal, like his brother's group, InI. Finally signed to Loud/RCA for his first solo album in 1998, Rock called in fans and friends from Wu-Tang Clan to Kool G Rap to Beenie Man for a very promising record. Despite some great material, it wasn't a commercial success and he was unceremoniously dropped from the label (with one final disrespect: five years later, the Loud website was still proclaiming the release of Soul Survivor on November 10, 1998). More productions followed before he signed to Rapster, which treated him more like an artist than a meal ticket, and reissued some old projects (Lost and Found) before following through with the sequel to Soul Survivor. Surprisingly, Soul Survivor II is a much better record than the original, and the best production album Rock's ever done on his own. He's less reliant on hooks than in the past, instead content to simply recruit a cast of great rappers and give them enough to run with. And with more focus (i.e., fewer tracks) this time out, the quality level has gone up. On the second track, "We Good," Kardinal Offishall gets the high honor of Rock's best production (or at least, the most immediately gratifying), and doesn't let it slip with a barrage of dense but freewheeling rhymes. Next on the mike is Pharoahe Monch, the recipient of a classic Rock track (airy effects and slightly stuttered beats) called "Just Do It," on which he preaches self-reliance with informed lyrics. Pete Rock's two-song reunion with C.L. Smooth, "It's a Love Thing" and "Appreciate," illustrate that Smooth still has plenty of what originally gave him his name but hasn't come too far from ten years ago. More than any of his other records, Soul Survivor II displays Rock crafting his productions to fit the rappers -- just compare the tense track that drives the politicized "Warzone" for Dead Prez to the smoothed-out '70s samples and horns laid underneath GZA and RZA for "Head Rush."

Editorial Reviews

Vibe
1/2 Even with an assortment of guests, Pete's sample-heavy collages are diverse enough to make Soul Survivor II a true album experience rather than another compilation. Aqua Boogie

Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2004
Label:
Rapster
UPC:
0730003903229
catalogNumber:
32

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pete Rock   Primary Artist
Black Ice   Track Performer
Postaboy   Track Performer

Technical Credits

GZA/Genius   Composer
Rod Hui   Engineer
Jazzy Jeff   Engineer
Adam Kudzin   Engineer
RZA   Composer,Producer,Engineer
C.L. Smooth   Composer
Jamey Staub   Producer,Engineer
Jay Dee   Composer
Pat Philips   Producer
A. Campbell   Composer
Pete Rock   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Krumb Snatcha Mobsters   Composer
Talib Kweli   Composer
Dead Prez   Composer
Daniel Boom   Engineer
Slum Village   Composer
Pharoahe Monch   Composer
Comissioner Gordon   Engineer
Kardinal Offishall   Composer
Steven Carty   Producer
T. Jones   Composer
D. Richard Lewis   Composer
Peter Adarkwah   Executive Producer
Little Brother   Composer
Skillz   Composer
Thomas McCallion   Art Direction
Eddie Bezalel   Executive Producer
9th Wonder   Engineer
Andre Dandridge   Engineer
Big Dho   Engineer
Black Ice   Composer
Postaboy   Composer
Kamal Blake   Engineer
Young RJ   Engineer
J Dilla   Engineer
Yutaka Kawana   Engineer

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Soul Survivor II 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For years, I was fiending for the Soul Brother to come out with some new material. 2004's Soul Survivor was definitly worth the long wait. This is without a doubt one of the hottest albums of 2004. One of the highlights of this album is the way the Chocolate Boy Wonder creates a stirring diversity of tracks for the artists to perform on this album, creating melodies to suit each artists flow. Highlight tracks on this album include the riveting "Beef", featuring Boston's own Krumbsnatcha, and also "We Good", featuring one of the most underrated M.C's in the game, Kardinal Offishall. And what better way to cap things off with than a Pete Rock-C.L Smooth reunion track, "Appreciate", a feel-good cut, which brings the listener to reminisce Hip-Hop's golden era, when it was all about the material. Overall, a must have for all the true Hip-Hop Heads. Also, look out in 2005 for the Pete Rock-C.L Smooth reunion album. One love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow. this album shows that albums like gangstarr's 'the ownerz', method man's 'the prequel' and the upcoming nas 'streets disciple' that comebacks of the finest hip-hop can be pure heat. pete rock puts on the set the talented rapper pharoahe monch, talib kweli, rza & gza bringing the ruckus, the, however dead prez' aggressive clubtrack on the single 'warzone', and the wonderfull three reunions with cl smooth (well known for being on the mic on 'mecca and the soul brother' a jazz-rap classic with pete) we all know the underrated five-stars. the best tracks on the album are definetely the laid-back track with pharoahe 'just do it', the wonderfull typical reunion track with cl smooth 'appreciate' and j-dilla's 'n*ggaz know'. pete rock remains my favorite producer exept primo cause he's keeping things exactly like the days with 'mecca and the soulbrother and 'the main source'. ain't a damn thing changed. it seems that after 3 months kanye west's got a big rival to make 2004 hip-hop's finest.