May 28 street date. Clear vinyl edition! "Mecca And The Soul Brother", the 1992 full-length debut from Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, is considered as one of the greatest Hip Hop albums of all time. The first single, "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)", a dedication to their deceased friend "Trouble T-Roy", went on to become not only their signature hit, but also one of Hip Hop's all-time great songs. The album is propelled forward by Rock's quick, soulful interludes; usually bits of old R&B tunes layered with his signature trumpet and sax loops. Smooth's liquid freestyle delivery pieces together the perfect vocal match that, together, creates a sprawling, nearly 80-minute-long album on which not a single song or interlude is a throwaway or a superfluous piece.
May 28 street date. Clear vinyl edition! Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth's underrated, soulful and deeply grooving sophomore album was bittersweet, as it would be their last as a duo. "The Main Ingredient" is a powerful double album that still resonates with Golden Era hip-hop fans: 16 cuts deep and full of intelligence, fire and warmth. Beats-per-minute-wise, the album mostly clocks at a comfortable strutting pace, bolstered by Pete Rock's pioneering use of filtered basslines and a recently-hatched obsession with Rhodes piano. The new tracks filled speakers and headphones with soul, as C.L. continued to assert his lyrical prowess all throughout.