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  • Audio CD (3 Feb. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Loud
  • ASIN: B00002430P
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Jan. 2002
Format: Vinyl
the "true master" of hip hop producers returns with his debut solo lp.this album has some of hip hops and r& b`s best on it.kurupt,method man,carl macintosh,miss jones and the one and only cl smooth combine with the choclate boy wonder to deliver a great album.as always production is tight,and standout track for me is truly yours 98.
pete remix`s the original by kool g rap and polo but puts himself,g rap and the extra p on it.and it just slams.in all a very competent debut from one of raps #1 producers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
After having broken up with his former partner-in-rhyme C.L. Smooth, supreme producer Pete Rock returned in 1998 with a solo debut called "Soul Survivor". He mostly stays true to the formula he put to work on his previous beats - that is cleverly sampled deep grooves and his trademark heavy instrumentation (trumpets, etc.). One can nevertheless notice a slight change in tone and mood: on songs like "The Game" he goes as far as using orchestra-like violins, a popular move at that time, but very a-typical of a Pete Rock. Although the album suffers at the end from songs that are rather weird, without therefore being original (see "Strange Fruit" and "Verbal Murder 2"), the album is still a definite banger, with tracks like the murderous "Tru Master" putting naysayers to rest. Anyway, the high-calibred guest appearances - including Method Man, Prodigy from Mobb Deep, MC Eith, OC, Big Punisher, and Kool G Rap, to name a few - and the professional production make this one a must for every true hip hop head.
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By will on 30 Dec. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Quality album pete rock great producer and rapper one awsome featured on here check it out!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Pete's soulful masterpiece 4 April 2006
By ctrx - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Four years since The Main Ingredient, Pete Rock dropped his first solo LP, the outstanding "Soul Survivor." Without partner CL Smooth, he is given space to work with his favorite artists and produce the kind of beats he wants to. He stays right on track, producing many peaceful, laid back, and beautiful beats with complex instrumental and drum patterns, along with a few harder, streetwise ones. Pete is not the greatest lyricist on the mic, but his guests hold their weight, for the most part delivering lyrics to fit the beats. Pete sings most of the hooks, and his chilled baritone voice is perfect for the job. With a guest roster that reads like a who's who of 90s hip hop, the collaborators provide fun performances, but Pete's beats are always in the spotlight. The album is best toward the end, where the slowest and deepest songs are found. "Soul Survivor" is a great album that should definitely not be slept on.

After his intro, he bursts in with the great "Tru Master", with the unlikely team of Inspectah Deck and Kurupt. The beat has horns, flutes, and bass, very well done, and the MCs reminisce over old times. On "Half Man Half Amazing", Method Man and Pete rock over a stringed production. "Respect Mine" has a great hook, head bobbing beat and good lyrics from OC. "Tha Game" is Pete's hardest track, with a tough instrumental and rappers Prodigy, Raekwon, and Ghostface Killah delivering hard raps. On "#1 Soul Brother", Pete boasts of his DJ skills over a spinning xylophone. "Rock Steady" uses an altered Eric B beat for a catchy track with Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz. "Truly Yours" teams some of the greatest ever (Pete, Large Professor, and Kool G Rap) for a diss track with a great beat directed at various people, and the sax loop is the same as in Nas's "It Ain't Hard to Tell", but he gives it new life. My favorite here is "One Life to Live", with a surprising appearance by west coast vet MC Eiht. The phenomenal beat has muted horns and a peaceful drum pattern, and Eiht and Pete chronicle their careers. "Take Your Time" and "Mind Blowin'" are both beautiful, toned down tracks with creative production. "Soul Survivor" is Pete's best solo rap here, dropping philosophy and thought over a great instrumental. "Da Two" is Pete and CL's reunion, and the excellent song with great lyrics, hook, and beats brings back memories. The last three tracks are all very strong efforts with an impressive roster, including Noreaga, Big Pun, Common, Tragedy Khadafi, Heavy D, Sticky Fingaz, Cappadonna, and Beenie Man.

"Soul Survivor" is one of the more complete albums of the 90s and a great compilation of the best MCs combined with the best producer of all time. This is one of Pete's greatest releases ever, and he shows exactly why he should be remembered as the world's greatest DJ.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Underrated Masterpiece 19 Jan. 2001
By wangalb@hotmail.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album has been a difficult one for me. The reviewers didn't care for it esp. the stupid Source when it dropped back in 98. However, I didn't really like it when I first heard it relative to the first 3 albums with CL Smooth. However, now I really enjoy this album quite a bit.
At first, I missed the constant use of horn samples on the first album (full length) Mecca and then the switchover to the keyboard feel of the second masterwork The Main Ingredient. Soul Survivor continues in the tradition with a light (occasional hard edge) old school sound with keyboard. He doesn't employ horns as much as he used to but that's the evolution of his style. Each craft is well crafted with some obscure treasures and definitely I'm still trying to figure out samples on the tracks such as Respect Mine. The only track which seems rather out of place is Tha Game because it sounds quite foreign with a off kilter loop but I guess that harpsichords are fair game for production.
Anyways, the production kills virtually everything in sight. Primo is a genius but the use of the same drumbeats are getting rather boring. Pete Rock is smarter by changing up the drum beats occasionally and using a different edge for each track. He is willing to undergo risks but maintain that soul edge which makes Primo looks like a beat making factory (very competent one at least).
On the other hand, his lyrics are squarely in the old school. Pete Rock talks about money but it's not so much about showing off ice but about surviving in a harsh world where making money is America (which it is). The guest artists compliment Pete Rock Lyrics.
There are similarities with the other albums. For example, Mind Blowin is similar to Lots of Loving on Mecca and also All My Love on Main Ingredient with that light hearted samples and also the subject matter of love and romance and celebration of women. Indeed, you can't go wrong with Pete Rock production to describe the mood. We all wish that CL Smooth come back from his car sales job and his kids, but family is more important than rap in many ways.
All the same, Pete Rock got the game on lockdown and definitely 2 years later it makes us wish that sample clearances didn't exist and also that love is simpler and celebratory and that old school rap comes back with a odd funky edge. Chocolate boy wonder ought to have another album coming out soon in 2G you all hear?
Peace and I'm out.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Solid Album by one of Hip-Hop's pioneers 21 Feb. 2005
By G$ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As his first "solo" album, Pete Rock delivers what he is known for, good lyrics, and great beats reminiscent of late 80's "Golden-Age" Hip-Hop. Out of the 16 songs on the album, there is only one solo (he has 3 songs where someone else does the chorus). Guests are plentiful and fill the album but still Pete Rock delivers lyrically on the tracks he is on (1 track he isn't on, and 2 he only does the hook). It has 7 or 8 good songs, 4 or 5 that I skip and the rest are ok. He produces all 16 songs as well. A must have album for fans of the old school hip-hop sound.

#2 - 9 (f/ inspectah deck & kurupt of the Dogg Pound)
#3 - 7.5 (f/ method man)
#4 - 7 (f/ O.C.)
#5 - 8.5 (f/ Raekwon & Ghostface of Wu-Tang Clan * Prodigy of Mobb Deep)
#6 - 8
#7 - 8 (f/ lord tariq & Peter Gunz)
#8 - 6 (f/ kool g rap & large professor)
#9 - 6 (f/ black thought of the Roots and Rob O)
#10 - 8.5 (f/ MC Eiht)
#11 - 9 (f/ loose ends on the hook)
#12 - 6.5 (f/ vinia mojica on the hook)
#13 - 8 (f/ miss jones on the hook)
#14 - 8.5 (f/ CL Smooth)
#15 - 8.5 (Big Pun, Noreaga, Common & Pete Rock does the hook)
#16 - 6 (Tragedy Khadafi, Sticky Fingaz of Onyx & Cappadonna of Wu-Tang -- Pete Rock does the hook)
#17 - 3.5 (Beenie Man f/ Heavy D)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
PETE ROCK DELIVERS A "REAL" STAR STUDDED ALBUM FOR HIP-HOP! 24 Jan. 2000
By "manslorta" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
PETE ROCK'S SOLO DEBUT IS SOMETHING THAT HIP-HOP NEEDED IN LIFE. IT'S NOT THE SAME OLD "ICE ON MY NECK AND WRIST, 600 BENZ PUSHING, MOET SPILLIN', HUGE BANK ACCOUNT HIP-HOP (YA'LL KNOW WHO YOU ARE). PETE USED THE TALENTED BUT UNDERATTED ARTIST OF HIP-HOP TODAY LIKE THE GHOSTFACE KILLAH, RAEKWON, CAPPADONNA, STICKY FINGAZ, BLACK THOUGHT OF THE ROOTS, AND COMMON SENSE TO REPRESENT ON A CLASSIC ALBUM. MY FAVORITE SONGS ON "SOUL SURVIVOR" ARE: TRU MASTER (F/ INSPECTAH DECK AND KURUPT), RESPECT MINE (F/ O.C.), THE GAME (F/ GHOSTFACE KILLAH, RAEKWON AND PRODIGY), VERBAL MURDER 2 (F/ BIG PUN, NOREAGA, AND COMMON SENSE), ONE LIFE TO LIFE (F/ MC EIHT), AND #1 SOUL BROTHER. THIS IS DEFINATELY NOT FOR THOSE WHO ONLY LET THEMSELVES BE BRAINWASHED BY MATERIAL MEDIOCRACY AND COMMERCIALISM. THIS IS FOR THOSE WHO FINALLY WANTED A DECENT ALBUM TO LISTEN TO IN THIS ADEQUATE HIP-HOP INDUSTRY. PETE ROCK HAS ANSWERED MY PRAYERS.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Sickeningly Underrated 21 Jun. 2000
By "joeythemancunian" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Poor Pete Rock. He and C.L. Smooth managed to go gold in 1992 with Mecca and the Soul Brother, but haven't managed to match that (moderate) level of success since. There are three tragic things about Pete Rock's career:
1. Right after Mecca in the Soul Brother in 1992, he could never again make such complex beats, because of increased legal and financial dangers of sampling.
2. Pete Rock hasn't managed to achieve the fame that he certainly deserves as one of hip-hop's great producers.
3. Pete has been trying and failing to gain a crossover audience, usually at the expense of the quality of his music, all because of the second tragedy.
For these reasons, Soul Survivor is a mixed bag of an album that comes through in the end as very, very good. On the one hand, Pete is as brilant producer as ever. Every beat on the album is at least above average, and many are superb. On the other hand, he's definitely no Super MC, and would probably do well to have someone ghost-write his lyrics. The semi-underground feel of the album is disturbed by several back-to-back failed R&B crossover attempts in the middle of the album.
Some of the hooks are corny, too, but the album still contains a lot of very good guest MCs (Method Man, Common, Sticky Fingaz, Kurupt, etc.), and even Pete Rock can't sound too bad over his incredible beats. Pete also raps more than before about the money that he (supposedly) has, but still manages to deliver some good messages (even if they're not delivered with super-lyricism), and as an added note, the album contains strangely little profanity. Not a classic, but very good, and that's more than can be said for most albums.
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