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Mecca & The Soul Brother

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Pete Rock loves horns the way other DJs and producers love drums. It's this obsession with funky horn breaks that sets Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth apart from regular hip-hop bassheads. With its crucial James Brown breaks layered between trumpet and sax loops, coupled with the laid-back vocals of Smooth and Rock, Mecca and the Soul Brother--their first full-length--struts back and forth on that line between rap and soul. Rock's production style is peerless, funky on "If It Ain't Rough, It Ain't Right" and sexy on "Lots of Lovin'." Smooth's liquid freestyle delivery (notably on "Straighten It Out" and "They Reminisce Over You") has been echoed in other skilled MCs (see Common's work). And with their combined skills, Mecca stands up without ever really dating itself. --Todd Levin

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Return Of The MeccaPete Rock & C.L. Smooth 5:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. For Pete's SakePete Rock & C.L. Smooth 5:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Ghetto's Of The MindPete Rock & C.L. Smooth 5:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Lot's Of Lovin'Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth 5:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Act Like You KnowPete Rock & C.L. Smooth 4:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Straighten It OutPete Rock & C.L. Smooth 4:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Soul Brother #1Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth 4:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Wig OutPete Rock & C.L. Smooth 4:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Anger In The NationPete Rock & C.L. Smooth 5:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. They Reminisce Over YouPete Rock & C.L. Smooth 4:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. On And OnPete Rock & C.L. Smooth 5:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. It's Like ThatPete Rock & C.L. Smooth 3:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Can't Front On MePete Rock & C.L. Smooth 4:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. The BasementPete Rock & C.L. Smooth 5:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. If It Ain't Rought, It Ain't RightPete Rock & C.L. Smooth 5:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. SkinsPete Rock & C.L. Smooth feat. Grand Puba 4:15$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 9, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002H84
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,101 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Scott D. Gribble on September 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It took me almost ten years of listening to hip-hop before I listened to this album. How this happened I'll never know (I attribute it to being young and stupid). I was tired of the same old crap (this was 5 years ago too!), longing for something real, a friend recommending picking this album up. I remember coming home from classes freshman year of college, opening up the package, popping in this album and listening to this album on my head phones the rest of the night. This album changed the way I listened to music, in particular hip-hop.

From the opening moments of the album, there is a sense that what you're about it hear is going to be different. When the sounds of Return of the Mecca hits your ears, your are flooded with multiple layers of sampled horns, drums, and scratches. CL's flow just couldn't fit any better with this beat, and that goes for every song. I've said this before but it literally sounds like CL's voice is an instrument hand crafted to become another layer of Pete Rock's production.

This is one of those albums where there are no highlights, simple put the whole album runs as a seamless blend of music that is one complete highlight. I'd be lying if I told you there weren't tracks that I like better than others, but I'd also be lying if I said that I ever skip to these tracks.

For the most part the beginning of the album allows you to soak in the multiple layers of sound as For Pete's Sake and Ghettos of the Mind groove in your mind. Lot's of Lovin slows down things providing the smooth sampling and triangle for CL to seduce the listener's ears.

The intro to Act Like You Know slowly gears you up to speed before Pete just drops the main beat in and let's CL lyrically take off.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Red Cordero on May 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
On 106th and Park the other day, proof to me the decline of Western Civ is upon us they had a trivia question:
"On the album from the early 90's titled Mecca and the Soul Brother, this two man duo from NY eulogized a fallen soldier in arms by name, what was this song ?"
Oh gee, lemme think, only one of the all time tighest hip hop tracks EVER laid to tape ? T.R.O.Y.
Yeah, well none of the kids had a clue, only two girls even raised their hand and one of them guessed P. Diddy . . . ? F#$% P. Diddy, he isn't qualified to take out their trash ! The girl host was like "naaaah, come on ya'll, OK, let's run down the old school acts from Mt. Vernon, com'on, money earn'ing from Mt. Vernon, run 'em down . . . " and so the other girl guessed Chuck D ? And this is a local crowd, I mean if they were broadcasting live Des Moines that would be one thing, but these were local kids for chrissakes.
I was standing there screaming at the T.V.
Oh well, at least they played the video afterwards, a nice break from the c/rap that is on constant heavy rotation from the Ylang Ylang twins and Tipsy, talk about a couple of no talent azz MF's.
That was proof to me that 106th and Park is doing the young population a huge diservice by forgetting the past that made this music great. Like: "It's OK kids, there was no music prior to the year 1999, then Price came out and did his thing and that opened it all up for the brothers . . . blah, blah, blah."
Maybe it's for the best, these guys will remain a badge of honor for people in the know, kinda like the ixthus (sp?) for the followers of Jesus, well if ya don't know, ya can't go.
Guys (meaning PR and CL) if you ever look here, there are still those of us who remember, who appreciate what you did.
"t to the r to o y how did you and I meet in front of Big Lou's fighting in the street . . . "
Later Skaters.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. M. Jenkins on March 17, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album goes back to a time when it was more common for one person to produce a whole album (all of the production is by Pete Rock), when there was a large Black Muslim presence (see "Anger In The Nation"), and when albums could be successful without every other song having a guest artist. On Mecca And The Soul Brother, there are only two songs with vocals from someone other than CL Smooth or Pete Rock, and the majority of the album is all CL. So what you have is a unified and focused vision that translates into one of the best musical experiences you can have with hip-hop.
Pete Rock is one of the best producers in hip-hop history. This album is lasting proof of his talents as a producer who could take crisp jazz and funk samples and with them create multi-layered beats that did not stagnate in any way. I also really like how Pete Rock had short instrumental intros for many of his songs.
Pete Rock also was able to create tracks that went far beyond the standard hip-hop beat. An example of this is on "Ghettos Of The Mind." There is a short intro consisting of the title repeated, and then it goes into a classic but simple boom bap beat and CL comes in (verse). Halfway into the verse, a sax line comes in for a few bars and goes away, and then pretty soon the chorus comes in with a similar sax line. After another verse and chorus, an short instrumental break comes in and adds a new dimension to the song. This throws you for a loop and by the time you get back to the next verse, there is a completely new horn line giving the verse a whole new flavor which takes this song from great to genius.
CL Smooth is an extremely solid MC and gets the job done here and remains fresh with each track. He has a vintage early 90s flow that really swings with the beat.
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