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Pete Rock & CL Smooth - The Main Ingredient
Pete Rock & CL Smooth
The Main Ingredient
2LP | 2016 | US | Original (Get On Down)
25,19 €* 27,99 € -10%
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
“We are the planters of the weeds or roses in our garden. Take the plunge within yourself to find The Main Ingredient.”So reads CL Smooth’s album dedication in the liners to Pete Rock & CL’s underrated, soulful and deeply grooving sophomorealbum. For fans, it was bittersweet, as it would be their last as a duo.By 1994, Pete and CL were darlings of both fans and critics, still on a high after 1992’s Mecca & The Soul Brother and the album’semotional smash single “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.).” Two years later, they had grown even more as men and artists.Gone was some of the righteous striving of their earlier work, replaced by mature – yet still righteous – wisdom. And a lot morelove as well, bringing a larger female constituency into their fanbase. They were adults now, reveling in the plateau they hadreached.The duo’s ‘90s swan song is a powerful double album that still resonates with Golden Era hip-hop fans: 16 cuts deep and full ofintelligence, fire and warmth. Beats-per-minute-wise, the album mostly clocks at a comfortable strutting pace, bolstered by PeteRock’s pioneering use of filtered basslines and a recently-hatched obsession with Rhodes piano. The new tracks filled speakersand headphones with soul, as CL continued to assert his lyrical prowess all throughout.The lead single, “I Got A Love,” is a perfect example of the group’s ‘94 steez: a super-catchy and respectful, but far-from-softlove track, suitable for any rap fan’s romantic needs. “Take You There” and “Carmel City” cover similar ground. Considering CLSmooth’s top-level brag rapper status, cuts like “I Get Physical,” “Get On The Mic” and “Check It Out” effectively reminded competitorsnot to test him. Pete also gets in the game on the mic several times on the album, acquitting himself nicely (and solo)on the cloudy day soul of “Escape,” alongside other cuts.Add more pensive lyrical forays like “All The Places,” “Searching,” and – perhaps the album’s sleeper cut – “It’s On You” and youhave one of the more complete rap full-lengths of the mid-1990s. This isn’t surprising, considering the wonder twins-esqueskills of Pete and CL. But it does make fans wonder what would have happened if they had stayed together longer.
Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Mecca And The Soul Brother Clear Vinyl Edition
Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Mecca And The Soul Brother
Pete Rock & CL Smooth - All Souled Out
Pete Rock & CL Smooth
All Souled Out
LP | 1991 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
21,99 €*
Release:1991 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
1991 was the year that it all broke loose for producer Pete Rock and his rhyme partner, CL Smooth. But the duo was far from an overnight sensation. The two friends had been on the grind since high school in Mt. Vernon, NY in the mid-‘80s, and Pete had been building up to his big moment since he first manned the decks on WBLS’s hugely influential “In Control With Marley Marl” radio show, starting in 1987.
Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Mecca and the soul brother
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