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Rock The Mic: Rich Kidd and Raz Fresco perform Pete Rock’s “The Creator” [News]

New York City, NY – We’ve been keeping up with this new CBC Music series called Rock The Mic. In case you’re not familiar with RTM, here’s how it’s been going down: The good folks over at CBC decided to send T-Dot’s own Rich Kidd and Raz Fresco out to New York to kick it with the legendary Pete Rock at the Electric Lady (the studio built by Jimi Hendrix in 1970). In the first installation of the series, Fresco and Kidd get in on a rendition of Rock and CL Smooth’s “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.).” In the second installation, Rich Kidd hits us with a live performance of “Syke” (with Pete Rock on the control boards. Eeeps). In the third session, Raz Fresco performs his throwback joint “And It Don’t Stop.”

And now, it’s time for the fourth and final episode of the series. In this session, Rich Kidd and Raz Fresco get the honour of of performing Pete Rock’s “The Creator” (which is one of few tracks that Pete Rock produced and exclusively rapped on). Spoiler alert – Pete Rock hits us with some great quotables, too: “You have a choice, you can listen to the ratchet hip-hop – you know what I’m sayin’- or you can listen to the good, original sound of what hip-hop really is.” Check out the video after the jump.

Rock The Mic: Rich Kidd and Raz Fresco recreate Pete Rock's

The great Pete Rock says it himself, the record (“The Creator”) is hard to duplicate. But Rock admits he was drawn to Kidd and Fresco because of their flow. Hold up. Hold up. Did you hear that correct? Pete Rock just sent highest of high praises to Rich Kidd and Raz Fresco. And then the Toronto duo hits us hard with their funky fresh rendition of the joint. Ugh. I love my Canadian rap cats.

The visuals were produced and directed by David F. Mewa, co-produced by Alex Narvaez, associate produced by Shara McHayle, and edited by Dennis Chan, with music production courtesy of Ron Skinner. Keep up on all things CBC music over here, and make sure you follow the Rock The Mic sessions over here (shout-out to Jesse Kinos-Goodin for the blog post).

Twitter: @PeteRock | @RichKiddBeats | @RazFresco | @CBCMusic

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Sarah Jay is based in Calgary and works as a freelance journalist and photographer. Sarah is also a former A&R talent scout for the Universal Music Scouting Program, and runs a vintage store during the day. Sarah has juried the JUNO Awards, The Polaris Music Prize, and The Prism Prize. She has been fortunate enough to interview and photograph some of hip-hop's greatest influencers including Future, ScHoolboy Q, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Maestro Fresh Wes, Shad, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, and more. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @ThisIsSarahJay

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