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About sneakypeteworld

Providence, RI

Sneaky Pete was born in Providence, Rhode Island and began singing at the early age of 5 years old. He continued to develop his voice and stage presence by participating in music competitions, youth choirs, and theatre productions throughout his boyhood. He would eventually discover Hip-Hop in high school, and instantly knew it was music, style and culture that would shape the rest of his life.

Icons such as A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Gang Starr and Redman (to name a few) became his favorite artists early on and greatly influence his own works today. On a Friday night, while fellow classmates were out partying or goofing around (Sneaky) Pete, his brother John (MackEnflow) and friend Chris (Overflo) were getting together in his parent's suburban basement sipping on Dr. Pepper, making beats on an ASR10 and learning the craft of being an emcee. Junior year the three teamed up with fellow classmate Matt (DJ Mekalek) to perform in a school talent show and never looked back.

In 2001, Sneaky Pete and freinds (now officially called The 00Agents) moved to Brooklyn, New York to pursue a music career. There Pete experienced Hip-Hop culture on a daily basis and began to better hone his craft. By 2003, The 00Agents were performing regularly to 100 plus crowds in New York City venues such as The Knitting Factory, Mercury Lounge, and Bowery Ballroom. The word was getting out about their unrivaled, high-energy, rugged yet humorous stage performance. In 2004, Pete released his first solo effort: Sneaky Pete's F.R.E.E. mixtape (freestyles.remixes.and experiments in expression) The year culminated with The 00Agents being selected by the Voodoo Experience (New Orleans) to open for The Beastie Boys and A Tribe Called Quest.

During this time in New York, Pete also headed up the creative department of The 00Agents' self-exploiting record label: ConfidentChill Records; which created 2 full-length albums,, 2 music videos, and released two 12" singles (Veteran b/w The Chair and Warning Shot b/w Only You) both of which charted on college radio.

But despite all the progress of their DIY label, The 00Agents were turned down by Fat Beats and Caroline distribution leaving them no options to grow independently. They began to look at options for signing with a larger/major label. Nelly's camp was first to bring them in for a meeting but ultimately all "The Majors" decided that The 00Agents "underground" sound was not ready to go mainstream. After another year of working together in the studio to create a "new commercial sound" that would potentially please a major label A&R, The 00Agents finally decided to break up and pursue solo careers.

2005. Times are tough. Records sales are down in general and "the industry" is changing drastically. Independent "labels" are everywhere and the market is being overrun with mediocrity thanks to websites like myspace. Having made a lot of contacts and needing more time to spend on his art instead of working 40 hours/week just to squeak by, Pete decides to return to Providence in 2006 to join the artist in residence program at Rhode Island's prestigious AS220.

2007. Sneaky Pete and his brass band are selected to open for Hip-Hop superstar Talib Kweli on the Virgin College Mega Tour.
One year later, Sneaky Pete is chosen to represent and perform his chart topping single "U Don't Know" at the official Wemix launch party during the 2008 Webby Awards. Ludacris himself (a partner in the Wemix project) introduces Sneaky Pete as his new protege to a room full of media writers, photographers and taste makers.

2010. Disappointment and frustration. Sneaky Pete remains a "free agent".
Is "Hip-Hop" dead? ...On life support? Perhaps the silver lining in the deterioration of "Hip-Hop" culture is a new found acceptance for experimentation and an ever widening fan base. Beaten but not broken, weary but wizened, Sneaky Pete presses on with a DIY attitude; but also, ever expanding his team of financial partners and artistic collaborators who want to help him bring his movement to a greater audience.


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