Mount Vernon Daily Voice

Follow Like

Happy Birthday To Mount Vernon's Peter Phillips

Peter Phillips turns 44 on Saturday, June 21.
Peter Phillips turns 44 on Saturday, June 21. Photo Credit:

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Mount Vernon's Peter Phillips.

Peter Phillips, who was raised in Mount Vernon, turns 44 on Saturday.

Phillips, better known by his stage name Pete Rock, is a record producer, DJ and rapper. He rose to prominence in the early 1990s as one half of the critically acclaimed group Pete Rock & CL Smooth. He was born June 21, 1970, in The Bronx.

After the duo went their separate ways, Rock continued with a solo career that has garnered him worldwide respect, though little in the way of mainstream success. Along with groups such as Stetsasonic, A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots and Gang Starr, Rock played a major role in the merging of elements from jazz into hip-hop music (also known as jazz rap). He is widely recognized as one of the greatest hip-hop producers of all time and is often mentioned alongside DJ Premier, the RZA and J Dilla as one of the mainstays of 1990s East Coast hip-hop production.