With its crucial James Brown breaks layered between trumpet and sax loops, coupled with the laid-back vocals of Smooth and Rock, Mecca and the Soul Brother
--their first full-length album--struts back and forth on that line between rap and soul. Pete Rock loves horns the way other DJs and producers love drums. It's this obsession with funky horn breaks that set Pete Rock
and CL Smooth apart from regular hip-hop bass-heads. Rock's production style is peerless, funky on "If It Ain't Rough, It Ain't Right" and sexy on "Lots of Lovin'". Smooth's liquid freestyle delivery (notably on "Straighten It Out" and "They Reminisce Over You") has been echoed in other skilled MCs (see Common
's work). And with their combined skills, Mecca
stands up without ever really dating itself.--Todd Levi
This is the critically acclaimed 1992 debut album from the Mount Vernon duo, Pete Rock & CL Smooth. The album is considered as one of the greatest Hip Hop albums of all time. Boasting tracks such as the first single, They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) , a dedication to their deceased friend; Trouble T-Roy , which went on to become not only their signature hit, but also one of Hip Hop s alltime great songs. Mecca and the Soul Brother stands up without ever really dating itself and is now available in a beautiful 2xCD box set edition, with a 20 page booklet and full size poster.