With Sunday just around the corner, legendary producer and New York native, Pete Rock was the latest guest to take a seat at the desk of ESPN’s First Take. He stopped by to weigh-in on this year's highly anticipated Super Bowl XLVII.
The legendary producer appeared on ESPN's "First Take" yesterday to discuss the Super Bowl match-up between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. Although Pete is hoping that the Ravens win the Super Bowl, he believes that the Niners' defense will pose serious a threat to the Ravens' offensive line.
Host Cari Champion and co-host Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless were very welcoming and respectful to the legacy of the New York producer. "He's a bad boy. He's worked with every Hip-Hop artist in the business," said Stephen A. "Not just Hip-Hop, but the Mary J. Blige(s) of the world, obviously Run-DMC, my homeboys from Hollis, Queens. We all know what he's done."
"My heart [is] with the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl, but then I start thinking about the 49ers defense, so that may give them problems in the [offensive] line in the front," he said.
Pete Rock also discussed the recent controversy surrounding Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who was accused of using performance enhancing drugs this season. While Pete does commiserate with Lewis' situation - especially after Lewis was implicated in a double homicide in 2000 - he believes the 17-year veteran should have addressed the allegations more fully.
He also touched on the subject of Ray Lewis allegedly using PED arose. Knowing how far the Ravens frontman has come since being exonerated for a 2000 double murder, the hosts questioned what this will do to the linebacker's legacy. Viewers will see a clearly conflicted Pete Rock, who was sparing in his response on the matter, but hopes the accusations aren't true.
Pete Rock isn't the first Hip Hop star to appear on "First Take." Both Wale and Lil Wayne have appeared alongside hosts Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless on the program.