Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth

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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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Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth Discography

Albums

none Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth Mecca And The Soul Brother (Album, Comp) Elektra none US 1992 Sell This Version
61661-2 Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth The Main Ingredient (Album, Comp) Elektra 61661-2 US 1994 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

ED 5587 Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth The Creator (Single) Elektra ED 5587 US 1991 Sell This Version
9 61175-2 Pete Rock And C.L. Smooth* All Souled Out (EP) Elektra 9 61175-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
ED 5544 Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth Good Life (Maxi) Elektra ED 5544 US 1991 Sell This Version
PRCD 8628-2 Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth Straighten It Out (Single) Elektra PRCD 8628-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
0-66445 Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) (Single) Elektra 0-66445 US 1992 Sell This Version
ED 5639 Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth Lots Of Lovin (Single) Elektra ED 5639 US 1993 Sell This Version
4-64513 Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth I Got A Love (Single, Maxi) Elektra 4-64513 US 1994 Sell This Version
ED 5706 Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth Take You There (Single) Elektra ED 5706 US 1994 Sell This Version
SAM 1482 Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth The Main Ingredient Sampler EP(12", Promo) Elektra SAM 1482 UK 1994 Sell This Version
ED 5738 Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth Searching Elektra ED 5738 US 1995 Sell This Version
MFJP-1005, 63980-0 Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth Unreleased Joints(12", Ltd) EastWest Japan, Elektra MFJP-1005, 63980-0 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
STN 0001 Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth Shine On Me / Climax(12") St. Nick Entertainment STN 0001 US 2002 Sell This Version
OLU-006 Pete Rock And C.L. Smooth* Basement Demos EP(12", EP, Ltd) One Leg Up Records OLU-006 US 2009 Sell This Version
SIP002 Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth T.R.O.Y. (Jim Sharp Edit) / The Basement (Jim Sharp Edit)(7", Single) Sip The Juice SIP002 UK 2014 Sell This Version

Compilations

PRCS-9067-4 Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth And Brand Nubian Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth And Brand Nubian - That's Dat Shit(Cass, Comp, Promo) Elektra PRCS-9067-4 US 1994 Sell This Version
AMCY-2961 Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth Rare Tracks(CD, Comp) EastWest Japan AMCY-2961 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
8122-73863-2 Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth The Best Of Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth [Good Life] (Comp) Elektra 8122-73863-2 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
none DJ 4OUR 5* Presents Pete Rock & CL Smooth* DJ 4OUR 5* Presents Pete Rock & CL Smooth* - The Makings Of You...(CDr, Comp, Mixed, Promo) Not On Label none US Unknown Sell This Version