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|Row 2 info = 1991-1992 at Greene Street Studios (New York City, New York)
 
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|Row 3 info = [[Hip hop music|Hip hop]], [[golden age hip hop]], [[jazz rap]], [[East Coast hip hop]]
 
|Row 3 info = [[Hip hop music|Hip hop]], [[golden age hip hop]], [[jazz rap]], [[East Coast hip hop]]
 
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|Row 4 info = 77:13
 
|Row 5 title = Label
 
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|Row 5 info = Elektra
 
|Row 5 info = Elektra
 
|Row 6 title = Producer
 
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|Row 6 info = [[Pete Rock]], [[C.L. Smooth]], [[Large Professor]], [[Nevelle Hodge]]}}{{Infobox
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|Row 6 info = [[C.L. Smooth]], Edward Ferrell (exec.), Nevelle Hodge, [[Large Professor]], [[Pete Rock]], Mr. Dante Ross (exec.)}}{{Infobox
 
|Box title = [[Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth]] chronology
 
|Box title = [[Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth]] chronology
 
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|Row 2 info = ''[[The Main Ingredient]]'' (1994)}}
 
|Row 2 info = ''[[The Main Ingredient]]'' (1994)}}
'''''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 by Elektra. The album contains their best known song, "[[They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)]]". 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 was executive produced by [[Dante Ross]], and [[DJ Eddie F]] of [[Heavy D & The Boyz]].
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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.
==Background==
 
''Mecca and the Soul Brother'' was released soon after the duo's debut EP; ''All Souled Out'', which was released in 1991. Despite the album being a critical success, it had little commercial sccess 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 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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''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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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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|"Return of the Mecca"
 
|"Return of the Mecca"
 
|[[Pete Rock]], [[C.L. Smooth]]
 
|[[Pete Rock]], [[C.L. Smooth]]
|[[Pete Rock]]
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|Penn, Phillips
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|[[Pete Rock]], [[C.L. Smooth]] (co.)
 
|5:42
 
|5:42
 
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|"For Pete's Sake"
 
|"For Pete's Sake"
 
|[[Pete Rock]], [[C.L. Smooth]]
 
|[[Pete Rock]], [[C.L. Smooth]]
|[[Pete Rock]]
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|Dixon, Penn, Phillips
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|[[Pete Rock]], [[C.L. Smooth]] (co.)
 
|5:48
 
|5:48
 
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|"Ghettos of the Mind"
 
|"Ghettos of the Mind"
 
|[[C.L. Smooth]]
 
|[[C.L. Smooth]]
|[[Pete Rock]]
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|Penn, Phillips
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|[[Pete Rock]], [[C.L. Smooth]] (co.)
 
|5:01
 
|5:01
 
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|"[[Lots of Lovin]]"
 
|"[[Lots of Lovin]]"
 
|[[C.L. Smooth]]
 
|[[C.L. Smooth]]
|[[Pete Rock]], [[Nevelle Hodge]]
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|Hodge, Penn, Phillips
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|[[Pete Rock]], Nevelle Hodge, [[C.L. Smooth]] (co.)
 
|5:07
 
|5:07
 
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|"Act Like You Know"
 
|"Act Like You Know"
 
|[[C.L. Smooth]], [[Pete Rock]]
 
|[[C.L. Smooth]], [[Pete Rock]]
|[[Pete Rock]], [[Large Professor]] (co.)
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|Penn, Phillips
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|[[Pete Rock]], [[Large Professor]] (co.), [[C.L. Smooth]] (co.)
 
|4:01
 
|4:01
 
|-
 
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|"[[Straighten It Out]]"
 
|"[[Straighten It Out]]"
 
|[[C.L. Smooth]]
 
|[[C.L. Smooth]]
|[[Pete Rock]]
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|Penn, Phillips
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|[[Pete Rock]], [[C.L. Smooth]] (co.)
 
|4:12
 
|4:12
 
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|"Soul Brother #1"
 
|"Soul Brother #1"
 
|[[Pete Rock]]
 
|[[Pete Rock]]
|[[Pete Rock]]
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|Dixon, Phillips
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|[[Pete Rock]], [[C.L. Smooth]] (co.)
 
|4:30
 
|4:30
 
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|"Wig Out"
 
|"Wig Out"
 
|[[Pete Rock]], [[C.L. Smooth]]
 
|[[Pete Rock]], [[C.L. Smooth]]
|[[Pete Rock]]
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|Penn, Phillips
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|[[Pete Rock]], [[C.L. Smooth]] (co.)
 
|4:10
 
|4:10
 
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|"Anger in the Nation"
 
|"Anger in the Nation"
 
|[[C.L. Smooth]]
 
|[[C.L. Smooth]]
|[[Pete Rock]]
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|Muhammad, Penn, Phillips
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|[[Pete Rock]], [[C.L. Smooth]] (co.)
 
|5:31
 
|5:31
 
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|"[[They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)]]"
 
|"[[They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)]]"
 
|[[C.L. Smooth]]
 
|[[C.L. Smooth]]
|[[Pete Rock]]
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|Penn, Phillips
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|[[Pete Rock]], [[C.L. Smooth]] (co.)
 
|4:44
 
|4:44
 
|-
 
|-
 
|11.
 
|11.
 
|"On and On"
 
|"On and On"
|[[Grap Luva]], [[C.L. Smooth]]
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|[[C.L. Smooth]]
|[[Pete Rock]]
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|Penn, Phillips
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|[[Pete Rock]], [[C.L. Smooth]] (co.)
 
|5:10
 
|5:10
 
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|"It's Like That"
 
|"It's Like That"
 
|[[Pete Rock]], [[C.L. Smooth]]
 
|[[Pete Rock]], [[C.L. Smooth]]
|[[Pete Rock]]
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|Penn, Phillips
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|[[Pete Rock]], [[C.L. Smooth]] (co.)
 
|3:55
 
|3:55
 
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|"Can't Front on Me"
 
|"Can't Front on Me"
 
|[[Pete Rock]], [[C.L. Smooth]]
 
|[[Pete Rock]], [[C.L. Smooth]]
|[[Pete Rock]]
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|Penn, Phillips
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|[[Pete Rock]], [[C.L. Smooth]] (co.)
 
|4:18
 
|4:18
 
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|"The Basement"
 
|"The Basement"
 
|[[C.L. Smooth]], [[Grap Luva]], [[Heavy D]], [[Pete Rock]], [[Rob-O]], [[Deda]]
 
|[[C.L. Smooth]], [[Grap Luva]], [[Heavy D]], [[Pete Rock]], [[Rob-O]], [[Deda]]
|[[Pete Rock]]
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|James, Myers, Odinda, Penn, Phillips
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|[[Pete Rock]], [[C.L. Smooth]] (co.)
 
|5:22
 
|5:22
 
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|"If It Ain't Rough, It Ain't Right"
 
|"If It Ain't Rough, It Ain't Right"
 
|[[C.L. Smooth]]
 
|[[C.L. Smooth]]
|[[Pete Rock]]
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|Penn, Phillips
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|[[Pete Rock]], [[C.L. Smooth]] (co.)
 
|5:04
 
|5:04
 
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|"Skinz"
 
|"Skinz"
 
|[[C.L. Smooth]], [[Grand Puba]], [[Pete Rock]]
 
|[[C.L. Smooth]], [[Grand Puba]], [[Pete Rock]]
|[[Pete Rock]]
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|Dixon, Penn, Phillips
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|[[Pete Rock]], [[C.L. Smooth]] (co.)
 
|4:14
 
|4:14
 
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'''Notes'''
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*Track 4 features background vocals performed by Terri Robinson and Tabitha Brace, and keyboards performed by Nevelle Hodge.
 
[[Category:1992 albums]]
 
[[Category:1992 albums]]
 
[[Category:Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth albums]]
 
[[Category:Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth albums]]

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

Released

9 June 1992

Recorded

1991-1992 at Greene Street 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

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All Souled Out (1991)

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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 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 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").

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

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.
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