Mecca And The Soul Brother

Mecca And The Soul Brother

Decades later, Mecca and the Soul Brother stands as a watermark of the boom-bap era.

Artist: Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth

Genre: US Hip Hop

Label: Elektra

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For several months after the release of Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth’s Mecca and the Soul Brother, it seemed as if all East Coast hip-hop copied their sound: jazzy, swinging horns, supple yet booming bass made for the jeeps, and Rock’s ad-libs (“Whoo!” “Uh-huh!”) peppered amidst Smooth’s smooth, metaphysical rhymes. The album is highlighted by one of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time in “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.),” where C.L. pays homage to his stepfather before ending with a tribute to Heavy D & the Boyz’s Troy “Trouble T-Roy” Dixon, who died in 1990. Elsewhere, “Anger in the Nation” breaks down the country’s sociopolitical troubles.

Credit: Rolling Stone

About the artist

Peter O. Phillips, better known by his stage name Pete Rock, is an American music producer, DJ and rapper. He is widely recognized as one of the greatest hip hop producers of all time, and is often mentioned alongside DJ Premier, RZA, Q-Tip and J Dilla as one of the mainstays of 1990s East Coast hip hop production.

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