Pete Philly and Perquisite

Pete Philly and Perquisite

Amsterdam is a cultural magnet attracting all sorts of people for all sorts of reasons, some of whom never leave. With the people who settled there from Africa, South America and Asia, Amsterdam is boosting with multi cultural energy. The exponents of that vibe are Pete Philly & Perquisite.

Pete Philly and Perquisite found each other in their quest to widen the boundaries of the hip hop genre, which is too often dominated by meaningless bling videos and music deprived from any form of creativity. It took them nearly 2 years of hard work to perfect the sound they could call their own. The result was the 17-tracker ‘Mindstate’ – which saw the light of day in the Spring of 2005, and featured among others Talib Kweli who believes “Musically these guys are light-years ahead of the game”

Amsterdam, summer 2007. The 2-year route brought the duo from a small upper room ‘Mindstate’ release party, via gigs in Cape Town, France, Spain, Germany, Scandinavia, Los Angeles, performing with the likes of Kanye West, Saïan Supa Crew and James Brown (RIP), to festivals and sold out shows all over the place.

Pete Philly and Perquisite’s short introduction video gives an insight into how it all began

With a suitcase full of new encounters, touring experiences, and new musical inspiration the band traveled to a little house in the North of France to write, and worked night and day in their Amsterdam studio to finish their second full length album ‘Mystery Repeats’. The boundaries of hip hop are being tested even further. Added to their sound of jazz, classical and soul, are influences from all over the globe: flamenco, samba, reggae and afro beat. ‘Mystery Repeats’ is a sonic document boosting with diversity and ambition destined to reveal itself anywhere, anytime.

Check out the title track video for ‘Mystery Repeats’ off Pete Philly and Perquisite’s 2nd album.

With a number 2 position in the charts, ‘Mystery Repeats’ became the all time highest charting Dutch hip hop act, outselling the new albums of 50Cent and Kanye West in the Netherlands.

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