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C.L. Smooth and Pete Rock’s debut thumps hard with the bass turned up to 10, as chopped-and-distorted horn samples blast from one stereo speaker to the other. While Pete crafts jazzy boom-bap beats that reflect the tumult of New York City streets, C.L. rhymes about how to survive them on tracks like “Ghettos of the Mind”. On “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)”, C.L. opens up about his childhood over a chiming saxophone sample, providing one of hip-hop’s most stunning moments.

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Nasのillmaticの製作者だけあって、このアルバムの出来は最高だ。Hip Hop好きにはたまらない一枚ですね!全体的にいい曲ばかりなのですが、お勧めは10番のThey Reminisce Over Youですね。これは買って損はしないと思いますよ!

forever my classics !

→【Trk.4】Lot's Of Lovin'
・・・D'Angelo/Playa Playaにも使用されたOhio Players/Player's Ballingを冒頭でサンプリング。直後に再びOhio Players/
What's Going On?が飛び出すという離れ業!Femaleコーラスのループも心地よい。Peteのメロウ・サイド代表作。

→【Trk.5】Act Like You Know
・・・この曲でのサンプリング素材は4曲。Eugene McDaniels/Freedom Death Dance他。
このアルバムだけで何と最低でも50曲のSOUL/JAZZ系サンプリングを敢行。Pete Rockという男のSoul Brother#1たるや・・・。


Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s

As one-half of the classic-era hip-hop duo Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, C.L. Smooth was responsible for penning some of hip-hop's timeless classics, including "The Creator," "Straighten It Out," "Take You There," and the landmark "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)." His smooth voice, effortless flow, and conscious lyrics were easily recognizable signatures of Smooth's style, and with Pete Rock's soulful and funky backing, they distinguished themselves as a formidable duo even amid the flourishing of...
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