Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth

Hailing from “Cash Earnin'” Mount Vernon, New York, this DJ-MC pair previously made commotion in the rap world on the 1991 EP, All Souled Out. It sold moderately well enough to legitimize Elektra Records clearing the path for 1992’s Mecca and the Soul Brother LP.

As a producer, DJ Pete Rock (Peter Phillips) would in general favor obscure soul and jazz sides for sample sources, frequently utilizing horn-driven snares. Lead vocalist C.L. Smooth (Corey Penn) would in general be philosophical in his raps, and he mostly kept away from foulness. Their mark hit was “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)”, a lament for fallen companions, specifically, Troy “Trouble T-Roy” Dixon, a dancer for fellow Mount Vernon, New York rapper and cousin of Pete Rock, Heavy D. (Dwight Myers).

1994’s The Main Ingredient was the follow up, and they showed up on a string of visitor appearances for remixes, soundtracks, and different works. Public Enemy, EPMD, Heavy D and Johnny Gill were among the specialists they collaborated with, and they can also claim credit for producing (and performing on) Run-DMC’s 1993 comeback single ‘Down with the King’. Notwithstanding all this, the couple failed to go gold on any of their own releases.

Isolating in 1995 (shortly after a well-received Sprite TV commercial), they eventually rejoined on a handful of cuts from Pete Rock’s solo recordings: Soul Survivor (1998), PeteStrumentals (2001) and Soul Survivor II (2004). They also went on a concise gathering visit as a get ready for their then-anticipated new album, which finished with a show at London’s popular Jazz Cafe. Regardless of these irregular collaborations, the pair has exchanged pretentious comments toward each other in independent meetings, repudiating plans for a full-fledged gathering.