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


9 June 1992




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






Pete Rock, C.L. Smooth, Large Professor, Nevelle Hodge

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth chronology


All Souled Out (1991)


The Main Ingredient (1994)

Mecca and the Soul Brother is the debut solo album by American 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.


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 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").

Track listing

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