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Studio album by Pete Rock
Released May 1, 2001
Recorded 1990-2001
Genre Hip Hop
Length 65:56
Label BBE Records
Producer Pete Rock
Pete Rock chronology
Soul Survivor
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
RapReviews 10/10 stars[2]
Rolling Stone favorable[3]

PeteStrumentals is an instrumental hip hop album from hip hop producer/rapper Pete Rock, his second solo release. The album is the second installment of BBE Records Beat Generation series, following Jay Dee's Welcome to Detroit album. The instrumental songs were originally recorded between 1990 and 1995, but were remixed and continued when putting together the album. All songs featuring vocals (The U.N., Freddie Foxxx, C.L. Smooth & Nature) were recorded exclusively for this project between 2000 and 2001.

There are two versions of this album. On the first version, twelve of the fourteen tracks are instrumentals, and the tracks "Cake" and "Nothin' Lesser" both feature rapping from The UN. On the second, five out of sixteen tracks feature vocals from The UN, Freddie Foxxx, Nature, and Rock's former partner, CL Smooth. The updated version of the album was a result of Rock being blown away by Jay Dee's Welcome to Detroit which made him feel he needed to better his own contribution to the Beat Generations series.

The 10 year anniversary expanded and limited edition of PeteStrumentals was released on May 10, 2011. Featuring the original 2001 album tracks on disc one. Disc two is a bonus disc featuring all the 12" inch singles from the album, including a remix of "Back on the Block" featuring CL Smooth, a clean version of "Cake" featuring The UN, and acappella and instrumental versions of "Back on the Block", "Nothin' Lesser", "Mind Frame" & "Give it to Y'all". Along with "Outro" instrumental. [4]

A sequel, PeteStrumentals 2, was released on June 23, 2015.

Track listing[edit]

First edition[edit]

# Title Performer(s)
1 "A Little Soul" Instrumental
2 "Play Dis Only At Night" Instrumental
3 "Something Funky" Instrumental
4 "For The People" Instrumental
5 "Hip Hopcrisy" Instrumental
6 "Smooth Sailing" Instrumental
7 "Pete's Jazz" Instrumental
8 "The Boss" Instrumental
9 "Get Involved" Instrumental
10 "Give It To Y'all" Instrumental
11 "Walk On By" Instrumental
12 "Cake" Pete Rock, The UN
13 "What You Waiting For" Instrumental
14 "Nothin' Lesser [Jamie's Mix]" Pete Rock, The UN

Second edition[edit]

  • All tracks produced by Pete Rock
# Title Performer(s)
1 "A Little Soul" Instrumental
2 "Play Dis Only At Night" Instrumental
3 "Something Funky" Instrumental
4 "For The People" Instrumental
5 "To My Advantage" Nature
6 "Smooth Sailing" Instrumental
7 "Pete's Jazz" Instrumental
8 "Back On The Block" Pete Rock & CL Smooth
9 "The Boss" Instrumental
10 "Get Involved" Instrumental
11 "Nothin' Lesser" The UN
12 "Walk On By" Instrumental
13 "Take The D Train" Instrumental
14 "Mind Frame" Freddie Foxxx
15 "Cake" Pete Rock, The UN
16 "Outro" Pete Rock

2011 10th Anniversary Edition[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

The first disc has the same track listing as the Second Edition.[5]

Disc 2[edit]

  • All tracks produced by Pete Rock
# Title Performer(s)
1 "Back On Da Block (E.Q. Bonus RMX)" CL Smooth
2 "Back On Da Block (Instrumental)" Instrumental
3 "Back On Da Block (A Cappella)" CL Smooth
4 "Back On Da Block (Pete's Block Barty Dub)" CL Smooth
5 "Nothin' Lesser (Jamie's Mix)" The UN
6 "Nothin' Lesser (Instrumental)" Instrumental
7 "Nothin' Lesser (A Cappella)" The UN
8 "Hip Hopcrisy" Instrumental
9 "Mind Frame (Instrumental)" Instrumental
10 "Mind Frame (A Cappella)" Freddie Foxxx
11 "Give It To Y'All" Instrumental
12 "Give It To Y'All (Instrumental)" Instrumental
13 "Give It To Y'All (A Cappella)" unknown
14 "What You Waiting For" Instrumental
15 "Cake (Clean Version)" Pete Rock, The UN
16 "Outro (Instrumental)" Instrumental

Album singles[edit]

Single information
"Back on Da Block"
  • Released: 2001
  • B-side:
"Mind Frame"
  • Released: 2001
  • B-side: "Back on Da Block"
"Nothin' Lesser"
  • Released: 2001
  • B-side: "Give It to Y'all"



Chart (2001) Peak
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[6] 61
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[7] 21


Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles
2001 Nothin' Lesser - - 33