Mr. Chop, the multi-talented producer, engineer, and guitar-reared multi-instrumentalist behind a host of releases on Now-Again and Jazzman, couldn’t have foretold that the legendary rapper MF Doom would call him “the illest to grace the boards” after tapping into his otherworldly skills as co-producer and writer on a series of tracks on the recently released Lex album ‘Born Like This’.
Nor could he have foretold that Doom’s praise would lead to an offer to rework psych funk, jazz and rock covers of producer Pete Rock’s greatest beats. Or that, upon hearing the versions of ‘They Reminisce Over You’ and ‘Straighten It Out’, long-time Pete Rock collaborator CL Smooth would beg to record an album with him. His is a unique take and has lead to an album that headz will recognize by the Tom Scott sax-line Pete Rock poached for ‘T.R.O.Y.’, or a host of other sample-based calls and responses that Chop has deconstructed into their component parts and reassembled. But his is an album that will appeal to music lovers, regardless of their musical leaning, as a master-class in fuzzy, funky grooves.
Released in conjunction with Now-Again, as reflected in the design aesthetic of the deluxe heavy card jacket, ‘For Pete’s Sake’ also features versions of Pete treats like Public Enemy’s ‘Shut ‘Em Down’ and Nas’ ‘The World Is Yours’, aided and encouraged by Malcolm Catto and Mike Burnham of The Heliocentrics.