“Like I said, I always liked Barry White and liked seeing him perform on television when I was little. He would always wave that conductor’s [baton], but his music was still funky. I had that in mind with PeteStrumentals. I wanted to make a hip-hop instrumental album. I had all these beats that certain rappers would hear and feel they couldn’t do anything with or songs that were straight up instrumentals. I saw what J. Dilla was doing. He really opened my mind to a lot of production [techniques] in his music. I would just think, ‘Wow, how the fuck did he do that?’ I would figure it out by finding something he used or go to a session he was doing. Dilla invited me to his home! His mom told me, ‘You were his favorite producer.’ All I could say was, wow."