Rapper, DJ and music producer whose 1990s music duo, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, received great critical acclaim.
He was born to Jamaican immigrants and grew up in The Bronx and in Mount Vernon, New York with his six siblings.
His real name is Peter Phillips; Pete Rock is his stage name, and his music business nicknames include Soul Brother #1 and The Chocolate Boy Wonder.
His younger brother, Grap Luva, also became a rapper, as did his cousin, Heavy D.
He and J Dilla are two of the best known East Coast producers of hip hop music.