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Mecca And The Soul Brother

Pete Rock & CL Smooth

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It would have been hard to match the artistic success of their debut EP on a full-length recording, but Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth did just that on Mecca and the Soul Brother, and they did so in the most unlikely way of all after the succinctness of All Souled Out -- by coming up with a sprawling, nearly 80-minute-long album on which not a single song or interlude is a throwaway or a superfluous piece. Granted, 80 minutes is a long stretch of time for sustained listening, but the music is completely worthy of that time, allowing the duo to stretch out in ways that their EP rendered impossible. Again, the primary star is Pete Rock's production acumen, and he ups the ante of rock-solid drums, steady cymbal beats, smooth-rolling bass, and fatback organ, not to mention his signature horn loops. C.L. Smooth is the perfect vocal match for the music. He is maybe one of the few MCs capable of rapping a fairly credible love song, as he does on "Lots of Lovin'." "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)," a tribute to friend and Heavy D. dancer Trouble T-Roy, who was accidentally killed, packs a poignant emotional weight, but it is Smooth's more direct and conscientious -- and frequently autobiographical -- side which ultimately carries the album lyrically. The songs are connected and the album is propelled forward by Rock's quick, soul-tight interludes; these are usually bits of old R&B and soul tunes but sometimes they're spoken pieces or spontaneous, freestyle sessions. These interludes provide a sort of dense spiritual tone and resonance in the album that is not religiously based at all, but fully hip-hop based, emerging from the urban altars that are the basements and rooftops of the city.
© Stanton Swihart /TiVo

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1
Return of the Mecca (LP Version)
PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH
00:05:45

PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH, MainArtist - Dante Ross, Executive Producer - Penn, Writer - Pete Rock, Producer, Vocals - Heavy D, Vocals - Dida & Grap, Vocals - Edward "DJ Eddie F." Ferrell, Executive Producer - Nevelle Hodge, Keyboards - Rob-O, Vocals - Terri Robinson, Background Vocals - CL Smooth, Vocals - Grand Puba, Vocals - Peter Phillips, Writer

© 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. ℗ 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

2
For Pete's Sake (LP Version)
PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH
00:05:55

PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH, MainArtist - Dante Ross, Executive Producer - Penn, Writer - Pete Rock, Producer, Vocals - Dixon, Writer - Heavy D, Vocals - Dida & Grap, Vocals - Edward "DJ Eddie F." Ferrell, Executive Producer - Nevelle Hodge, Keyboards - Rob-O, Vocals - Terri Robinson, Background Vocals - CL Smooth, Vocals - Grand Puba, Vocals - Peter Phillips, Writer

© 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. ℗ 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

3
Ghettos of the Mind (LP Version)
PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH
00:05:03

PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH, MainArtist - Dante Ross, Executive Producer - Penn, Writer - Pete Rock, Producer, Vocals - Heavy D, Vocals - Dida & Grap, Vocals - Edward "DJ Eddie F." Ferrell, Executive Producer - Nevelle Hodge, Keyboards - Rob-O, Vocals - Terri Robinson, Background Vocals - CL Smooth, Vocals - Grand Puba, Vocals - Peter Phillips, Writer

© 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. ℗ 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

4
Lot's of Lovin (LP Version)
PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH
00:05:09

PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH, MainArtist - Dante Ross, Executive Producer - Penn, Writer - Pete Rock, Producer, Vocals - Heavy D, Vocals - Dida & Grap, Vocals - Edward "DJ Eddie F." Ferrell, Executive Producer - Nevelle Hodge, Keyboards - Rob-O, Vocals - Terri Robinson, Background Vocals - CL Smooth, Vocals - Grand Puba, Vocals - Peter Phillips, Writer - Hodge, Writer

© 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. ℗ 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

5
Act Like You Know (LP Version)
PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH
00:04:04

PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH, MainArtist - Dante Ross, Executive Producer - Penn, Writer - Pete Rock, Producer, Vocals - Heavy D, Vocals - Dida & Grap, Vocals - Edward "DJ Eddie F." Ferrell, Executive Producer - Nevelle Hodge, Keyboards - Rob-O, Vocals - Terri Robinson, Background Vocals - CL Smooth, Vocals - Grand Puba, Vocals - Peter Phillips, Writer

© 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. ℗ 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

6
Straighten It Out (LP Version)
PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH
00:04:13

PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH, MainArtist - Dante Ross, Executive Producer - Penn, Writer - Pete Rock, Producer, Vocals - Heavy D, Vocals - Dida & Grap, Vocals - Edward "DJ Eddie F." Ferrell, Executive Producer - Nevelle Hodge, Keyboards - Rob-O, Vocals - Terri Robinson, Background Vocals - CL Smooth, Vocals - Grand Puba, Vocals - Peter Phillips, Writer

© 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. ℗ 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

7
Soul Brother #1 (LP Version)
PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH
00:04:30

PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH, MainArtist - Dante Ross, Executive Producer - Penn, Writer - Pete Rock, Producer, Vocals - Heavy D, Vocals - Dida & Grap, Vocals - Edward "DJ Eddie F." Ferrell, Executive Producer - Nevelle Hodge, Keyboards - Rob-O, Vocals - Terri Robinson, Background Vocals - CL Smooth, Vocals - Grand Puba, Vocals - Peter Phillips, Writer

© 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. ℗ 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

8
Wig Out (LP Version)
PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH
00:04:07

PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH, MainArtist - Dante Ross, Executive Producer - Penn, Writer - Pete Rock, Producer, Vocals - Heavy D, Vocals - Dida & Grap, Vocals - Edward "DJ Eddie F." Ferrell, Executive Producer - Nevelle Hodge, Keyboards - Rob-O, Vocals - Terri Robinson, Background Vocals - CL Smooth, Vocals - Grand Puba, Vocals - Peter Phillips, Writer

© 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. ℗ 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

9
Anger in the Nation (LP Version)
PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH
00:05:34

PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH, MainArtist - Dante Ross, Executive Producer - Penn, Writer - Pete Rock, Producer, Vocals - Heavy D, Vocals - Muhammad, Writer - Dida & Grap, Vocals - Edward "DJ Eddie F." Ferrell, Executive Producer - Nevelle Hodge, Keyboards - Rob-O, Vocals - Terri Robinson, Background Vocals - CL Smooth, Vocals - Grand Puba, Vocals - Peter Phillips, Writer

© 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. ℗ 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

10
They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) (Single Version)
PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH
00:04:47

PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH, MainArtist - Maxwell Dixon, Composer - Edward "DJ Eddie F." Ferrell, Executive Producer - Dj Pete Rock, Producer - Raoul Roach, Executive Producer - Peter Phillips, Composer - Mr. Dante Ross, Executive Producer

© 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. ℗ 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

11
On and On (LP Version)
PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH
00:05:12

PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH, MainArtist - Dante Ross, Executive Producer - Penn, Writer - Pete Rock, Producer, Vocals - Heavy D, Vocals - Dida & Grap, Vocals - Edward "DJ Eddie F." Ferrell, Executive Producer - Nevelle Hodge, Keyboards - Rob-O, Vocals - Terri Robinson, Background Vocals - CL Smooth, Vocals - Grand Puba, Vocals - Peter Phillips, Writer

© 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. ℗ 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

12
It's Like That (LP Version)
PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH
00:03:58

PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH, MainArtist - Dante Ross, Executive Producer - Penn, Writer - Pete Rock, Producer, Vocals - Heavy D, Vocals - Dida & Grap, Vocals - Edward "DJ Eddie F." Ferrell, Executive Producer - Nevelle Hodge, Keyboards - Rob-O, Vocals - Terri Robinson, Background Vocals - CL Smooth, Vocals - Grand Puba, Vocals - Peter Phillips, Writer

© 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. ℗ 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

13
Can't Front on Me (LP Version)
PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH
00:04:17

PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH, MainArtist - Dante Ross, Executive Producer - Penn, Writer - Pete Rock, Producer, Vocals - Heavy D, Vocals - Dida & Grap, Vocals - Edward "DJ Eddie F." Ferrell, Executive Producer - Nevelle Hodge, Keyboards - Rob-O, Vocals - Terri Robinson, Background Vocals - CL Smooth, Vocals - Grand Puba, Vocals - Peter Phillips, Writer

© 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. ℗ 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

14
The Basement (feat. Heavy D, Rob-O, Grap & Dida) (LP Version)
PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH
00:05:26

PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH, MainArtist - Dante Ross, Executive Producer - Penn, Writer - Dida, Writer - Pete Rock, Producer, Vocals - Heavy D, Writer, FeaturedArtist - Edward "DJ Eddie F." Ferrell, Executive Producer - Nevelle Hodge, Keyboards - Rob-O, Writer, FeaturedArtist - Terri Robinson, Background Vocals - CL Smooth, Vocals - Grand Puba, Vocals - Peter Phillips, Writer - Grap & Dida, FeaturedArtist

© 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. ℗ 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

15
If It Ain't Rough, It Ain't Right
PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH
00:05:06

PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH, MainArtist - Dante Ross, Executive Producer - Penn, Writer - Pete Rock, Producer, Vocals - Heavy D, Vocals - Dida & Grap, Vocals - Edward "DJ Eddie F." Ferrell, Executive Producer - Nevelle Hodge, Keyboards - Rob-O, Vocals - Terri Robinson, Background Vocals - CL Smooth, Vocals - Grand Puba, Vocals - Peter Phillips, Writer

© 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. ℗ 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

16
Skins (feat. Grand Puba) (LP Version)
PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH
00:04:15

PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH, MainArtist - Dante Ross, Executive Producer - Edward Ferrell, Executive Producer - Penn, Writer - Dida, Vocals - Pete Rock, Producer, Vocals - Dixon, Writer - Heavy D, Vocals - Nevelle Hodge, Keyboards - Rob-O, Vocals - Terri Robinson, Background Vocals - CL Smooth, Vocals - Grand Puba, FeaturedArtist - Peter Phillips, Writer - Grap, Vocals

© 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. ℗ 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

Album Description

It would have been hard to match the artistic success of their debut EP on a full-length recording, but Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth did just that on Mecca and the Soul Brother, and they did so in the most unlikely way of all after the succinctness of All Souled Out -- by coming up with a sprawling, nearly 80-minute-long album on which not a single song or interlude is a throwaway or a superfluous piece. Granted, 80 minutes is a long stretch of time for sustained listening, but the music is completely worthy of that time, allowing the duo to stretch out in ways that their EP rendered impossible. Again, the primary star is Pete Rock's production acumen, and he ups the ante of rock-solid drums, steady cymbal beats, smooth-rolling bass, and fatback organ, not to mention his signature horn loops. C.L. Smooth is the perfect vocal match for the music. He is maybe one of the few MCs capable of rapping a fairly credible love song, as he does on "Lots of Lovin'." "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)," a tribute to friend and Heavy D. dancer Trouble T-Roy, who was accidentally killed, packs a poignant emotional weight, but it is Smooth's more direct and conscientious -- and frequently autobiographical -- side which ultimately carries the album lyrically. The songs are connected and the album is propelled forward by Rock's quick, soul-tight interludes; these are usually bits of old R&B and soul tunes but sometimes they're spoken pieces or spontaneous, freestyle sessions. These interludes provide a sort of dense spiritual tone and resonance in the album that is not religiously based at all, but fully hip-hop based, emerging from the urban altars that are the basements and rooftops of the city.
© Stanton Swihart /TiVo

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