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|Row 2 info = July 1991 - March 1992
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|Row 3 info = [[Hip hop music|Hip hop]], [[golden age hip hop]], [[jazz rap]], [[East Coast hip hop]]
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|Row 3 info = Greene St. Studios <br> (New York City, New York)
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'''''Mecca and the Soul Brother''''' is the debut studio album by American [[hip hop music|hip hop]] duo [[Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth]], released in 1992 on Elektra Records. To date, ''Mecca and the Soul Brother'' has been widely acclaimed as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time.
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'''''Mecca and the Soul Brother''''' is the debut studio album by American [[hip hop music|hip hop]] duo [[Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth]], released in June 9, 1992 on Elektra Records. To date, ''Mecca and the Soul Brother'' has been widely acclaimed as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time.
   
''Mecca and the Soul Brother'' was released soon after the duo's debut EP; ''All Souled Out'', which was released in 1991. The first single, "[[They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)]]", a tribute to their deceased friend and [[Heavy D & the Boyz]] dancer [[Trouble T Roy]], has gone on to become not only their signature song, but also one of [[List of hip hop songs considered the best|hip hop's most highly regarded songs]]. Other topics on the album range from life in the ghetto ("Ghettos of the Mind"), the teachings of the Nation of Islam ("Anger in the Nation"), bootlegging ("[[Straighten It Out]]"), and love ("[[Lots of Lovin]]").
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The album was mostly produced by [[Pete Rock]] and executive produced by DJ Eddie F of [[Heavy D & the Boyz]] (co-group member with Trouble T-Roy).
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== Background ==
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''Mecca and the Soul Brother ''followed on the heels of the duo's EP; [[All Souled Out|''All Souled Out'']]'', ''released in 1991. Despite being a critical success, it had little commercial success in comparison to other noteworthy releases of 1992, such as [[Dr. Dre]]'s [[The Chronic|''The Chronic'']]''. '' The first single "[[They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)]]", a dedication to their deceased friend [[Trouble T Roy]] (a dance member of [[Heavy D & the Boyz]]), has gone on to become not only their signature hit but also one of [[hip hop]]'s most highly regarded songs.
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Other topics on the album range from life in the ghetto ("Ghettos of the Mind"), the teachings of the Nation of Islam ("Anger in the Nation"), bootlegging ("Straighten It Out") and love ("Lots of Lovin'").
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== Reception ==
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''Mecca and the Soul Brother ''brought considerable acclaim to the duo. They were often compared to [[Gang Starr]], which also featured one MC, and a producer/DJ. Although the album garnered a great amount of acclaim. sales were slow. The group only grew more popular, however, and next appeared on the ''Menace II Society ''soundtrack, followed by ''Who's The Man? ''and ''Poetic Justice ''respectively, before returning in 1994 with [[The Main Ingredient|''The Main Ingredient'']]''.''
   
Despite the album being a critical success, it had little commercial success. It reached #43 on the ''Billboard'' 200 and #7 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
 
 
==Track listing==
 
==Track listing==
 
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'''Notes'''
 
'''Notes'''
 
*Track 4 features background vocals performed by Terri Robinson and Tabitha Brace, and keyboards performed by Nevelle Hodge.
 
*Track 4 features background vocals performed by Terri Robinson and Tabitha Brace, and keyboards performed by Nevelle Hodge.
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== Samples ==
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'''Return of the Mecca'''
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* "Country Preacher" by The Cannonball Adderley Quintet
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* "You're the Fool" by The Three Degrees
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* "Long Red" by Mountain
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'''For Pete's Sake'''
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* "The Rill Thing" by Little Richard
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* "Come Live With Me" by Dorothy Ashby
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* "Gimme Some" by Freddie McCoy
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* "N.T." by Kool & the Gang
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'''Ghettos of the Mind'''
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* "Ghettos of the Mind" by Bama the Village Poet
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* "Long Red" by Mountain
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* "Maceo" by Maceo & All the King's Men
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'''Lots of Lovin''''
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* "Player's Balling (Players Doin' Their Own Thing)" by Ohio Players
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* "North Carolina" by Les McCann
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* "What's Going On?" by Ohio Players
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'''Act Like You Know'''
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* "Freedom Death Dance" by Eugene McDaniels
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* "Get Out of My Life, Woman" by George Semper
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* "Down Here on the Ground" by Grant Green
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'''Straighten It Out'''
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* "Bootleggin'" by Simtec & Wylie
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* "Our Generation" by Ernie Hines
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* "Chocolate Buttermilk" by Kool & the Gang
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'''Soul Brother #1'''
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* "Bubble Gum" by 9th Creation
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* "The Grunt" by The J.B.'s
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* "Headless Heroes" by Eugene McDaniels
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'''Wig Out'''
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* "Turbulence" by Eddie Harris
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* "Jungle Child" by Johnny Lytle
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* "Music Talk" by Georgie Fame
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'''Anger in the Nation'''
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* "Talk to the People" by Les McCann
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* "Sing a Simple Song" by Sly & the Family Stone
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* "Funky President (People It's Bad)" by James Brown
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'''They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)'''
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* "When She Made Me Promise" by The Beginning of the End
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* "Today" by Tom Scott and The California Dreamers
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'''On and On'''
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* "Ode to Billie Joe" by Lou Donaldson
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* "The Bird" by Jimmy McGriff
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* "Nobody Beats the Biz" by [[Biz Markie]]
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'''It's Like That'''
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* "Mongoose" by Elephant's Memory
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* "Strictly for the Ladies" by [[Lord Finesse]] and [[DJ Mike Smooth]]
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'''Can't Front on Me'''
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* "Don't Change Your Love" by Five Stairsteps
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* "Where Do I Go?" by Dave Wintour and Pat Whitmore
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'''The Basement'''
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* "Expo '83" by The Backyard Heavies
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* "Bam Bam" by Sister Nancy
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* "Rising to the Top" by Keni Burke
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'''If It Ain't Rough, It Ain't Right'''
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* "Trespassin'" by Skull Snaps
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* "Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads
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* "Nautilus" by Bob James
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'''Skinz'''
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* "MacArthur Park" by The Three Degrees
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* "Down Home Girl" by The Coasters
 
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Latest revision as of 17:12, May 21, 2020

Mecca and the Soul Brother
Mecca and the Soul Brother
Studio album by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth

Released

June 9, 1992

Recorded

July 1991 - March 1992

Studio

Greene St. Studios
(New York City, New York)

Genre

Hip hop, golden age hip hop, jazz rap, East Coast hip hop

Length

77:13

Label

Elektra

Producer

C.L. Smooth, Edward Ferrell (exec.), Nevelle Hodge, Large Professor, Pete Rock, Mr. Dante Ross (exec.)

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth chronology

Previous

All Souled Out (1991)

Next

The Main Ingredient (1994)

Mecca and the Soul Brother is the debut studio album by American hip hop duo Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, released in June 9, 1992 on Elektra Records. To date, Mecca and the Soul Brother has been widely acclaimed as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time.

The album was mostly produced by Pete Rock and executive produced by DJ Eddie F of Heavy D & the Boyz (co-group member with Trouble T-Roy).

Background Edit

Mecca and the Soul Brother followed on the heels of the duo's EP; All Souled Out, released in 1991. Despite being a critical success, it had little commercial success in comparison to other noteworthy releases of 1992, such as Dr. Dre's The Chronic. The first single "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)", a dedication to their deceased friend Trouble T Roy (a dance member of Heavy D & the Boyz), has gone on to become not only their signature hit but also one of hip hop's most highly regarded songs.

Other topics on the album range from life in the ghetto ("Ghettos of the Mind"), the teachings of the Nation of Islam ("Anger in the Nation"), bootlegging ("Straighten It Out") and love ("Lots of Lovin'").

Reception Edit

Mecca and the Soul Brother brought considerable acclaim to the duo. They were often compared to Gang Starr, which also featured one MC, and a producer/DJ. Although the album garnered a great amount of acclaim. sales were slow. The group only grew more popular, however, and next appeared on the Menace II Society soundtrack, followed by Who's The Man? and Poetic Justice respectively, before returning in 1994 with The Main Ingredient.

Track listingEdit

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Tim
1. "Return of the Mecca" Pete Rock, C.L. Smooth Penn, Phillips Pete Rock, C.L. Smooth (co.) 5:42
2. "For Pete's Sake" Pete Rock, C.L. Smooth Dixon, Penn, Phillips Pete Rock, C.L. Smooth (co.) 5:48
3. "Ghettos of the Mind" C.L. Smooth Penn, Phillips Pete Rock, C.L. Smooth (co.) 5:01
4. "Lots of Lovin" C.L. Smooth Hodge, Penn, Phillips Pete Rock, Nevelle Hodge, C.L. Smooth (co.) 5:07
5. "Act Like You Know" C.L. Smooth, Pete Rock Penn, Phillips Pete Rock, Large Professor (co.), C.L. Smooth (co.) 4:01
6. "Straighten It Out" C.L. Smooth Penn, Phillips Pete RockC.L. Smooth (co.) 4:12
7. "Soul Brother #1" Pete Rock Dixon, Phillips Pete RockC.L. Smooth (co.) 4:30
8. "Wig Out" Pete Rock, C.L. Smooth Penn, Phillips Pete RockC.L. Smooth (co.) 4:10
9. "Anger in the Nation" C.L. Smooth Muhammad, Penn, Phillips Pete RockC.L. Smooth (co.) 5:31
10. "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)" C.L. Smooth Penn, Phillips Pete RockC.L. Smooth (co.) 4:44
11. "On and On" C.L. Smooth Penn, Phillips Pete RockC.L. Smooth (co.) 5:10
12. "It's Like That" Pete Rock, C.L. Smooth Penn, Phillips Pete RockC.L. Smooth (co.) 3:55
13. "Can't Front on Me" Pete Rock, C.L. Smooth Penn, Phillips Pete RockC.L. Smooth (co.) 4:18
14. "The Basement" C.L. Smooth, Grap Luva, Heavy D, Pete Rock, Rob-O, Deda James, Myers, Odinda, Penn, Phillips Pete RockC.L. Smooth (co.) 5:22
15. "If It Ain't Rough, It Ain't Right" C.L. Smooth Penn, Phillips Pete RockC.L. Smooth (co.) 5:04
16. "Skinz" C.L. Smooth, Grand Puba, Pete Rock Dixon, Penn, Phillips Pete RockC.L. Smooth (co.) 4:14

Notes

  • Track 4 features background vocals performed by Terri Robinson and Tabitha Brace, and keyboards performed by Nevelle Hodge.

Samples Edit

Return of the Mecca

  • "Country Preacher" by The Cannonball Adderley Quintet
  • "You're the Fool" by The Three Degrees
  • "Long Red" by Mountain

For Pete's Sake

  • "The Rill Thing" by Little Richard
  • "Come Live With Me" by Dorothy Ashby
  • "Gimme Some" by Freddie McCoy
  • "N.T." by Kool & the Gang

Ghettos of the Mind

  • "Ghettos of the Mind" by Bama the Village Poet
  • "Long Red" by Mountain
  • "Maceo" by Maceo & All the King's Men

Lots of Lovin'

  • "Player's Balling (Players Doin' Their Own Thing)" by Ohio Players
  • "North Carolina" by Les McCann
  • "What's Going On?" by Ohio Players

Act Like You Know

  • "Freedom Death Dance" by Eugene McDaniels
  • "Get Out of My Life, Woman" by George Semper
  • "Down Here on the Ground" by Grant Green

Straighten It Out

  • "Bootleggin'" by Simtec & Wylie
  • "Our Generation" by Ernie Hines
  • "Chocolate Buttermilk" by Kool & the Gang

Soul Brother #1

  • "Bubble Gum" by 9th Creation
  • "The Grunt" by The J.B.'s
  • "Headless Heroes" by Eugene McDaniels

Wig Out

  • "Turbulence" by Eddie Harris
  • "Jungle Child" by Johnny Lytle
  • "Music Talk" by Georgie Fame

Anger in the Nation

  • "Talk to the People" by Les McCann
  • "Sing a Simple Song" by Sly & the Family Stone
  • "Funky President (People It's Bad)" by James Brown

They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)

  • "When She Made Me Promise" by The Beginning of the End
  • "Today" by Tom Scott and The California Dreamers

On and On

  • "Ode to Billie Joe" by Lou Donaldson
  • "The Bird" by Jimmy McGriff
  • "Nobody Beats the Biz" by Biz Markie

It's Like That

Can't Front on Me

  • "Don't Change Your Love" by Five Stairsteps
  • "Where Do I Go?" by Dave Wintour and Pat Whitmore

The Basement

  • "Expo '83" by The Backyard Heavies
  • "Bam Bam" by Sister Nancy
  • "Rising to the Top" by Keni Burke

If It Ain't Rough, It Ain't Right

  • "Trespassin'" by Skull Snaps
  • "Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads
  • "Nautilus" by Bob James

Skinz

  • "MacArthur Park" by The Three Degrees
  • "Down Home Girl" by The Coasters
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