Mecca and the Soul Brother
|Mecca and the Soul Brother|
|Studio album by|
|Released||June 9, 1992|
|Studio||Greene St. Recording in New York City|
|Genre||Alternative hip hop|
|Producer||Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Nevelle Hodge, Large Professor|
|Pete Rock & CL Smooth chronology|
|Singles from Mecca and the Soul Brother|
Mecca and the Soul Brother is the 1992 debut album from the Mount Vernon, New York hip-hop duo, Pete Rock & CL Smooth. The album contains their best known song, "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)". Mecca and the Soul Brother has been widely acclaimed as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. The album was mostly produced by Pete Rock and executive produced by DJ Eddie F of Heavy D & the Boyz (co-group member with Trouble T-Roy).
Mecca and the Soul Brother followed on the heels of the duo's EP; All Souled Out, released in 1991. Despite being a critical success, it had little commercial success in comparison to other noteworthy releases of 1992, such as Dr. Dre's The Chronic. The first single, "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)", a dedication to their deceased friend; Trouble T Roy (a dance member of Heavy D. & The Boyz), has gone on to become not only their signature hit, 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'").
|Encyclopedia of Popular Music|||
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Mecca and the Soul Brother brought considerable acclaim to the duo. They were often compared to the group Gang Starr, which also featured one MC, and a producer/DJ. Although the album garnered a great amount of acclaim, sales were slow. The group only grew more popular, however, and next appeared on the Menace II Society soundtrack, followed by Who's the Man? and Poetic Justice respectively, before returning in 1994 with The Main Ingredient.
The information is taken from AcclaimedMusic.net. and other website links below.
|About.com||United States||100 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums||2008||#37|
|Ego Trip||United States||Hip Hop's 25 Greatest Albums by Year 1980-98||1999||#8|
|Exclaim!||Canada||100 Records that Rocked 100 Issues||2000||*|
|Rolling Stone||United States||The Essential Recordings of the 90s||1999||*|
|The Source||United States||The 100 Best Rap Albums of All Time||1998||*|
|Mojo||UK||Mojo 1000, the Ultimate CD Buyers Guide||2001||*|
|(*) designates lists that are unordered.|
- All tracks produced by Pete Rock & CL Smooth, except #4 co-produced by Nevelle Hodge and #5 co-produced by Large Professor.
|1||"Return of the Mecca"||5:42|
|2||"For Pete's Sake"||5:48|
|3||"Ghettos of the Mind"||5:01|
|4||"Lots of Lovin'"||5:07|
|5||"Act Like You Know"||4:01|
|6||"Straighten It Out"||4:12|
|7||"Soul Brother #1"||4:30|
|9||"Anger in the Nation"||
|10||"They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)"||4:44|
|11||"On and On"||5:10|
|12||"It's Like That"||3:55|
|13||"Can't Front on Me"||4:18|
|15||"If It Ain't Rough, It Ain't Right"||5:04|
- The cassette and 2xLP versions contain two bonus tracks: "The Creator (Remix)" and "Mecca and the Soul Brother (Remix)"
- (*) Symbolizes co-producer
|"They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)"
|"Straighten It Out"
|"Lots of Lovin"
|US Billboard 200||43|
|US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)||7|
|Billboard Hot 100||Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks||Hot Rap Singles||Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales|
|1992||They Reminisce Over You [T.R.O.Y.]||58||10||1||20|
|Straighten It Out||-||65||7||37|
|1993||Lots of Lovin||-||66||1||-|
In popular culture
The first single "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)" appeared in the 2003 video game NBA Street Vol. 2, the 2011 video game Madden NFL 12 and "NBA 2K18", as well as in the Netflix series Master of None. All of the episode titles of Luke Cage (season 2) are titles of songs from this album.
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