During hip-hop's golden era in the '90s, New York producer-DJs like Pete Rock highlighted the artistry of '70s soul-jazz and funk by collecting and sampling beats from those genres' records. Resulting anthems like 1991's "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)" — one of many he produced with ace rhymer C.L. Smooth — put Rock in the hip-hop producer pantheon. At the same time, Southern California's J. Rocc used a similar sampling strategy to win many prestigious turntablist battles with his Beat Junkies crew, and to produce groundbreaking releases with fellow vinyl maniacs like Madlib and the late J Dilla.
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