NY's Finest


NY's Finest
NY's Finest
Studio album by Pete Rock
Released February 26, 2008
Genre Hip Hop
Label Nature Sounds
Producer Pete Rock, DJ Green Lantern
Pete Rock chronology
Underground Classics
(2006)
NY's Finest
(2008)
Monumental (2011)

NY's Finest is a studio album by hip hop producer and emcee Pete Rock. The album was Rock's first studio album since 2004's Soul Survivor II, and was released on February 26, 2008 through the Nature Sounds record label.[1] The album's cover art was created by Fuse Green and inspired by the cover of James Brown's Hell. The instrumental version of the album was released on May 13, 2008 and includes two additional songs not available on the ordinary release; "It's So G" (which appeared with lyrics by Roc Marciano on the deluxe edition) and "When I Need It" (which later was released with lyrics by Pete Rock on the NBA Live 10 soundtrack).

Contents

Collaborations

NY's Finest, as the name suggests, features many of New York City's most respected and successful rap artists. As with previous Pete Rock albums, the album features an array of guest artists, and prior to its completion, Rock expressed interest in collaborating with rappers such as Papoose, Redman, D-Block, Jim Jones, Raekwon & Masta Killa. The album also sees Rock rapping on 7 songs. In December 2007, an EPK was released featuring Rock and other musicians talking about the album and in the studio.[2] The album was to also feature Detroit hip hop act Slum Village, in a song called "Gangsta Boogie", but was taken off the album, probably to keep with theme of the title (it should be noted, however, that the North Carolina group Little Brother appears on the song "Bring Y'all Back").

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club (B+)[4]
Billboard (favorable)[5]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork Media (6.8/10)[7]
PopMatters (6/10)[8]
RapReviews (8/10)[9]
Spin 3.5/5 stars[10]
U-WIRE (favorable)[11]
Village Voice (favorable)[12]

Commercial performance

The album debuted at number 193 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 3,900 copies in its first week.[13]

The first single is "914", featuring LOX members Styles P and Sheek Louch, backed with B-side "The PJs", featuring Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon and Masta Killa. A third track, "Gangsta Boogie" featuring Slum Village, was also leaked onto the internet but will be a iTunes exclusive only.

Track listing

All tracks produced by Pete Rock unless noted otherwise.[14]
  1. "Pete Intro"
  2. "We Roll"
  3. "Till I Retire"
  4. "914"
  5. "Questions"
  6. "Best Believe"
  7. "Ready Fe War"
    • Featuring Chip Fu & Renee Neufville (Formerly of Zhane)
  8. "Don't Be Mad"
  9. "Bring Y'all Back"
    • Featuring Little Brother
  10. "The Best Secret"
  11. "That's What I Am Talking About"
    • Featuring Rell
  12. "The PJ's"
  13. "Made Man"
    • Featuring Tarrey Torae
    • Samples: "Take The Time To Tell Her" by Jerry Butler
  14. "Let's Go"
  15. "Comprehend"
  16. "Gangsta Boogie"
  17. "It's So G"
    • Featuring Roc Marciano (Deluxe Edition Bonus)

Album singles

Single information
"We Roll"
  • Released: 2008
  • B-side:Til' I Retire

Album chart positions

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums Top Independent Albums
2008 NY's Finest 193[15] 42[16] -

References

External links


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