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Pete Philly & Perquisite from Amsterdam in the Netherlands are not the two most well-known names in the hip-hop game, but as a regular visitor of this blog you know Pete Philly from the smooth North West Metropolis EP. On this album MC Pete Philly teams up with producer Perquisite, who drops his groovy beats on the one hand and on the other is playing the cello. He started playing the cello when he was eight, and got to know his way around several classical jazz instruments along the way. Combined with his love for dusty breaks and bass beats, Perquisite is possibly one of the most surprising hip-hop producers of the last couple of years. Perquisite has an array of sounds at his disposal to create the right kind of vibe for a song and together both have put together a very passionate and emotional record in the tradition of the Native Tongue movement. Hip-hop, soul, 60’s psychedelia, and even classical music gently collide and collaborate in a breathtaking way.

Talib Kweli appears on the track “hope” and doesn´t hesitate to say about Pete Philly & Perquisite (their brand new album “Mystery Repeats” was released in the past days):

Musically, these boys are light-years ahead of the game.


Today was a sunny day, after too many days with a lot of rain falling down, not too hot with warm summer breezes. After a day with nothing to do I came home and kept on relaxing, looking at the street life from my wide opened window. The only thing I worried about was which music I wanted to listen to and North West Metropolis came to my mind – the Expression EP, a perfect expression of my condition. Laid-back beats, catchy melodies, chilling flows of different MCs – the soundtrack for a perfect summer day when the sun already sinks.

Omar Rey (ex-The Proov) and Perquisite met each other first in a local recordstore in the summer 2002. They were both pretty much into the same thing, they soon decided to do a project together. Producer Ane joined force, CeeMajor (The Proov), Pete Philly (ex-Nicotine) and Kain Slim (False Chordz) were invited to participate. North West Metropolis was born, Amsterdam´s finest. The front-cover shows the Spaarndammer social housing project in the North Western part of Amsterdam from Michel de Klerk (1916), an important dutch architect of Expressionism and the “Amsterdam School“. North West Metropolis don´t found a new musical “Amerstdam School”, but they do their own thing very well and it isn´t dubios that North West Metropolis reach high international standards. The Roots meet Asheru And Blue Black Of The Unspoken Heard meets J-Live meets Foreign Exchange….. mmh yeah, but in the first place North West Metropolis are North West Metropolis.

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