Call for entries: Beat Battle contest with Pete Rock

Tracklib has run several contests, partnering with artists like Redman, Styles P, Just Blaze and most recently, Jim Jones and Maino. In this year’s edition, the platform teamed up with Pete Rock who produced a number of songs for hip hop heavyweights such as Nas, Run-DMC, Jay-Z and Kanye West, among others. The musician seeks to offer his perspective as a pioneer in sampling to an emerging producer.



  • A one-on-one remote session with Pete Rock on a live video call from his studio, during which the winner will get first-hand commentary on his beatsmith beats.
  • An MPC Live II Retro Edition valued at $ 1,400 signed by Pete Rock.
  • A video scream from Pete Rock.
  • A one year standard subscription at Tracklib.
  • An example of a Category C Tracklib license valued at $ 50.

Two finalist prizes:

How it works

  • Aspiring producers can create a beat using the 1970s soul classic ‘Handle with Care‘by Ben Aiken from the Reservoir label.
  • The winning beat will be selected by Pete Rock, and Tracklib will offer the winner the opportunity to work with Pete Rock in a virtual studio session, as well as an autographed MPC Live II Retro Edition.
  • Participants can only sample the master of the song, only one of the its available multitracks, several multitracks or any other combination.
  • Participants must download the track (s) they will sample via Tracklib.
  • Participants can submit as many submissions as they wish, as long as they follow all the rules.
  • To share or post the submission containing a sample of Tracklib (outside of this competition), entrants must first get a sample license from Tracklib.
  • Participants are only allowed to share a 60 second version of their track online as part of the competition.
  • Tracklib will not appropriate any of the submissions and will not use them for any other advertising purpose.

Budding growers can enter the competition here. The deadline for submission is November 28, 2021.

“I promised myself that I would make the sampler my instrument,” said Pete Rock. “I think Tracklib can change the way people make music by letting the freedom of sampling take place.”

Interested participants can look an interview with Pete Rock for a deep dive into his sampling technique, the best tips and tricks for beginners, and dissections of his classic songs, including “They Reminisce Over You (TROY)”, “The World Is Yours ”by Nas, and his official remix of ‘Shut’ Em Down ‘by Public Enemy.

“I only taste stuff that gives me a good feeling,” Pete Rock said in the interview. “Something that sets my soul on fire. ”

Find more details about the competition and check out the original call here.

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