Throwback: Happy Belated 53rd Birthday, Pete Rock!

June is a busy month in music history:

Somehow, I forgot about someone important, one of the greatest and beloved producers and DJs in hip-hop history, Pete Rock celebrated his 53rd birthday on June 21. I’ve adored his work with CL Smooth since I was a kid, and it’s been a part of my own personal soundtrack — and if you’re a hip-hop head, it’s been a part of yours, too.

Happy belated birthday, Pete! May there be many, many, many more!