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Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth

Band, *1991 US, Mount Vernon, New York
Hip-Hop/Rap

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth were a hip-hop duo from Mount Vernon, New York. They made their debut with their 1991 EP, All Souled Out and followed with 1992's Mecca and the Soul Brother LP. As a producer, DJ Pete Rock (Peter Phillips) tended to prefer obscure soul and jazz sides for sample sources, frequently making use of horn-driven hooks. Lead vocalist CL Smooth (Corey Penn) tended to be philosophical in his raps, and he mostly avoided profanity. Their signature hit was “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)”, a dirge for fallen friends--namely Troy "Trouble T-Roy" Dixon, a member of Heavy D & The Boyz, who died in 1990. 1994's The Main Ingredient was the follow up, and they appeared on a string of guest appearances for remixes, soundtracks, and other works. Public Enemy, EPMD, Heavy D and Johnny Gill were among the artists they collaborated with, and they can also claim credit for producing (and performing on) Run-DMC’s 1993 comeback single 'Down with the King'. Despite all this, the duo failed to go gold on any of their own releases. Separating in 1995 (shortly after a Sprite TV commercial), they eventually reunited on a handful of cuts from Pete Rock’s solo recordings: Soul Survivor (1998), PeteStrumentals (2001) and Soul Survivor II (2004). They also went on a brief reunion tour as a warm up for their then-anticipated new album, which ended with a show at London's famous Jazz Cafe. Despite these intermittent collaborations, the pair has exchanged dismissive comments toward each other in separate interviews, disavowing plans for a full-fledged reunion. Their best-of compilation, Good Life, was released on Elektra in 2003. A deluxe CD box-set of Mecca and the Soul Brother was released in October 2010 by Traffic, a division of Elektra. The package includes a remastered CD of the original album, a second disc of remixes, instrumentals and acapellas, a fold-out poster and a detailed booklet with interviews and insights from Rock and Smooth. (courtesy wikipedia)

        
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They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) on Mecca And The Soul Brother by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
Straighten It Out on Mecca And The Soul Brother by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
The Creator on All Souled Out by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
Take You There on The Main Ingredient by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
All the Places on The Main Ingredient by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
Carmel City on The Main Ingredient by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
Lot's of Lovin on Mecca And The Soul Brother by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
For Pete's Sake on Mecca And The Soul Brother by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
The Basement (feat. Heavy D, Rob-O, Grap & Dida) on Mecca And The Soul Brother by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
I Got a Love on The Main Ingredient by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth

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Band Membership
Discography


Title Artist Year Type
The Creator / From This Day OnPete Rock & C.L. Smooth / Eddie Bo2015Single
Same Old Thing / Good LifeThe Meters / Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth2014Single
Today / T.R.O.Y.Tom Scott / Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth2014Single
T.R.O.Y. (Jim Sharp Edit) / The Basement (Jim Sharp Edit)Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth2014Single
Collection BoxPete Rock & C.L. Smooth2010Compil.
Basement Demos EPPete Rock & C.L. Smooth2009Album
I Get PhysicalPete Rock & C.L. Smooth2008Album
In The House / All The PlacesPete Rock & C.L. Smooth2008Album
Return Of Mecca / Anger In The NationPete Rock & C.L. Smooth2007Album
Tuff Love - We Soul Survivors EPPete Rock & C.L. Smooth / O.C.2006Album
Live @ The Jazz Cafe London, UK 24 Feb 2004Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth2004Album
Good TimeLeela James Feat. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth2004Album
Hip-Hop Summer SamplerDe La Soul, Noreaga, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Digital Underground2003Album
The Best Of Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth [Good Life]Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth2003Compil.
The Rare Remix EpPete Rock & C.L. Smooth2002Album
Shine On Me / ClimaxPete Rock & C.L. Smooth2002Album
Greatest BeatsPete Rock & C.L. Smooth2001Compil.
Rare TracksPete Rock & C.L. Smooth1998Compil.
Unreleased JointsPete Rock & C.L. Smooth1996Album
SearchingPete Rock & C.L. Smooth1995Album
I Got A LovePete Rock & C.L. Smooth1994Single
Take You TherePete Rock & C.L. Smooth1994Album
The Main Ingredient Sampler EPPete Rock & C.L. Smooth1994Album
The Main IngredientPete Rock & C.L. Smooth1994Album
Lots Of LovinPete Rock & C.L. Smooth1993Album
For Pete's SakePete Rock & C.L. Smooth1992Album
They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth1992Album
Mecca And The Soul BrotherPete Rock & C.L. Smooth1992Album
Straighten It OutPete Rock & C.L. Smooth1992Single
The CreatorPete Rock & C.L. Smooth1991Album
Never Coming Out EPPete Rock & C.L. Smooth1991Album
Good LifePete Rock & C.L. Smooth1991Single
All Souled OutPete Rock & C.L. Smooth1991Album
Soul Brother Classics Vol. 2Pete Rock & C.L. SmoothAlbum
Who's The Man? / You Don't Have To Worry / What's Next On The MenuHouse Of Pain / Mary J. Blige / Pete Rock & C.L. SmoothAlbum
Volume: 2Pete Rock & C.L. SmoothAlbum
Hidden ClassicsPete Rock & C.L. SmoothAlbum
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