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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Pete Rock & CL Smooth - London and the Soul Brother

PeteRockCLSmooth001Pete Rock is an influential American Hip Hop DJ, producer, and rapper. He rose to prominence in the early 90s as one half of the critically acclaimed group Pete Rock & CL Smooth. The New York duo of DJ emerged in 1992, performing and producing numerous mega-hits, including "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)" and "Straighten It Out." Their two Elektra albums, Mecca & The Soul Brother and 1994's. The Main Ingredient saw the pair team successfully with Mary J. Blige and Johnny Gill, among others. After the duo went their separate ways, Rock continued with a solo career that has garnered him worldwide respect, if little in the way of mainstream success. Rock played a major role in the merging of elements from jazz into hip hop music, along with Stetsasonic, A Tribe Called Quest and Gang Starr. He is often mentioned alongside DJ Premier and RZA, as one of the mainstays of 1990s east coast Hip hop production. Pete Rock is also the younger cousin of Heavy D.

Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Live at London Jazz Cafe 2004

website dedicated to the hip hop duo

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