Mecca and the Soul Brother

Mecca and the Soul Brother

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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 -- bySee more details below

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 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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/09/1992
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075596094825
catalogNumber:
60948
Rank:
66752

Tracks

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

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

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

Technical Credits

Chris Champion   Engineer
Rod Hui   Engineer
Large Professor   Producer
Tim Patterson   Creative Coordinator
C.L. Smooth   Producer
Jamey Staub   Engineer
Charlie Dos Santos   Engineer
DJ Eddie F   Executive Producer
Pete Rock   Producer
Dante Ross   Executive Producer
D.J. Pete Rock   Producer

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