Throwback Thursdays Vol 17

This week’s TT is for Ajay as much as anyone as I know he is a big fan of Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth. They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y) was the lead single from Rock and Smooth’s debut Mecca and the Soul Brother (1992). A now classic, T.R.O.Y was inspired by the death of a close friend, “Trouble” T. Roy of Heavy D and the boys.

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y)

Characteristic of Rock, a horn-driven baseline sets the backdrop for the heavily underrated C.L. Smooth. Smooth drops some heartfelt rhymes, reminiscing upon childhood memories while Rock supports on the boards, chipping in with some sporadic ad lib. In a recent interview, Rock reflects upon the difficulties he faced putting T.R.O.Y together and in fact breaking down in the studio at one point with the pure beauty of the sample (which coincidently is Tom Scott’s Today).

T.R.O.Y was a cornerstone track for the duo, propelling them into hip-hop’s limelight during the tail-end of the Golden Age. It signifies the rest of their discography and their next LP (The Main Ingredient) built upon their irresistible formula. As critically acclaimed Pete Rock is/was as a producer, Smooth, alike many of the MC’s I cover, never quite got the recognition he warranted. He is to Rock, as Guru was to Premo.

Murray’s BDK Rating:ger

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Now you would turn him off the radio. Back then: a lyrical beast with killer production

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1 comment to Throwback Thursdays Vol 17

  • Wholeheartedly agree that Smooth is far too underrated. This album top-to-bottom is an absolute gem, and I’d recommend any hip-hop heads to check for it.

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