16 Songs, 1 Hour 17 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
55 Ratings
55 Ratings
golfinguru11 ,

A Hip Hop Classic

One of the greatest rap albums of all time from arguably the greatest producer of all time, and don't get it twisted; this is more than just T.R.O.Y. The whole album is fire. I usually don't review albums on here, but all the reviews got deleted recently so I felt the need to share.

CoolP_82 ,

😈Very Awesome Album!!

Mecca and The Soul Brother is a very good album, solid piece of work from Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth. Thank you Apple for finally putting this album in iTunes.

TheRefinedSon ,

Now that we're older and wiser....

I remember as a kid listening to this album and constantly seeing the video for T.R.O.Y. on Rap City. These guys were much older than me and the subject matter didn't hit home until I myself became a man. To go back and listen to the album, you gain a new appreciation for their genius and just how influential their music is and was. Its music like this that really expanded my musical horizons. As I grew older I became more and more dissilusioned with what was being passed off as Hip Hop. Music like this and the samples it contained lead me in all sorts of directions. So much so that when I got back around to listening to this album again I appreciated it even more. This album is a milestone, a high water mark in Hip Hop and any Hip Hop lover must have this in their library.

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