Mecca and the Soul Brother [Deluxe Edition]

Mecca and the Soul Brother [Deluxe Edition]

by Pete Rock & C.L. 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

Overview

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 its 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 that 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. [A Deluxe Edition of Mecca and the Soul Brother was issued in 2010. It contained the original album remastered, a second disc of 12" cuts, and a poster, all tucked inside a thick cardboard box.]

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2010
Label:
Traffic Ent.
UPC:
0829357551528
catalogNumber:
75515
Rank:
109077

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Return of the Mecca
  2. For Pete's Sake
  3. Ghettos of the Mind
  4. Lots of Lovin
  5. Act Like You Know
  6. Straighten It Out
  7. Soul Brother, Pt. 1
  8. Wig Out
  9. Anger In the Nation
  10. They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)
  11. On and On
  12. It's Like That
  13. Can't Front On Me
  14. The Basement
  15. If It Ain't Rough, It Ain't Right
  16. Skinz

Disc 2

  1. It's Not a Game
  2. Lots of Lovin
  3. They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)
  4. Straighten It Out
  5. They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)
  6. It's Not a Game
  7. They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)
  8. The Basement
  9. If It Ain't Rough, It Ain't Right
  10. Skinz
  11. Straighten It Out
  12. They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) [Instrumenta
  13. Ghettos of the Mind
  14. They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)
  15. The Basement

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth   Primary Artist
Tabitha Brace   Background Vocals
Terri Robinson   Background Vocals
C.L. Smooth   Vocals
Pete Rock   Vocals
Nevelle Hodge   Keyboards
Rob-O   Vocals
Heavy D   Vocals
Dida   Vocals

Technical Credits

Chris Champion   Engineer
Rod Hui   Engineer
Large Professor   Producer
Peter Phillips   Composer
C.L. Smooth   Producer
Jamey Staub   Engineer
Pete Rock   Producer
Nevelle Hodge   Composer,Producer
Edward "DJ Eddie F" Ferrell   Executive Producer
Dante Ross   Executive Producer
Maxwell Dixon   Composer,Lyricist
Rob-O   Composer,Lyricist
Heavy D   Composer,Lyricist
Trevor Gendron   Reissue Layout,Reissue Package Design
Corey Penn   Composer,Lyricist
Tim "Dawg" Patterson   Creative Coordinator
Brian Coleman   Liner Notes
Dida   Composer,Lyricist
Rob Hui   Engineer
Adofo Abdullah   Composer

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