CD The Best of Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth: Good Life [PA] (CD 532535),
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The Best of Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth: Good Life [PA]

  • 1. Lots of Lovin
    2. Straighten It Out
    3. Anger in the Nation
    4. They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)
    5. Skinz - (featuring Grand Puba)
    6. Take You There
    7. Creator, The
    8. Mecca & The Soul Brother
    9. It's Not a Game
    10. I Got a Love
    11. All the Places
    12. Searching
    13. Good Life
    14. One in a Million
    15. Death Becomes You
    16. Take Your Time
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 73863

  • Credits
    EngineerDjinji Brown; Jamey Staub; Pete Christensen; Chris Champion; Rod Hui

    Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth: C.L. Smooth (rap vocals); Pete Rock (DJ).
    Producers: Pete Rock, C.L. Smooth, Peter Phillips.
    Compilation producer: Barry "Rockbarry" Benson.
    Recorded between 1991 & 1998. Includes liner notes by Charlie Braxton.
    Personnel: Pete Rock (vocals, turntables); Ygz, Grand Puba, C.L. Smooth (vocals); Nevelle Hodge (keyboards); Tabitha Brace, Terri Robinson (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: Jamey Staub; Pete Christensen.
    Liner Note Author: Charlie Braxton.
    Recording information: Battery Studios; Greene Street Studios, New York, NY.
    Photographers: Al Pereira; Anthony Cutajar.
    A hip-hop duo seemingly destined for success, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth never broke through into the rap mainstream, despite plenty of charting singles and a classic LP, Mecca and the Soul Brother. Rhino's 2003 compilation reveals the pair's career as one of the finest in hip-hop, no less impressive for only releasing two full-length albums. Both Mecca and the Soul Brother and its hotly hyped follow-up, The Main Ingredient, benefited from a lot of quality material (so much, in fact, that a wiser act may have saved some for a third album). Nevertheless, the duo's best singles -- "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)," "Straighten It Out," "Lots of Lovin" -- were hard but intelligent, delivered with tight raps from C.L. Smooth over breezily swinging productions from Pete Rock, one of hip-hop's best trackmasters. Clever compiling makes this disc even more impressive: Included are three tracks from their debut EP, All Souled Out, as well as contributions to the soundtracks for Poetic Justice and Menace II Society. ~ John Bush

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (9/03, p.112) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...The pair made some of the best hip hop of the decade..."
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