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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 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.

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