Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Mecca And the Soul Brother
It’s usually a diss to say that a rap album puts you to sleep, but the majority of Mecca and the Soul Brother is bedtime music for all the right reasons. Pete Rock is one of few truly soulful hip-hop producers who can lend beautiful dynamics to a hard-hitting track, while CL Smooth stays true to his name throughout the breakout LP.
The Chocolate Boy Wonder is the star of the show, proving himself immortal on songs like “T.R.O.Y.” and “Skinz,” where Grand Puba shows up to kick some entertaining bars in top form. It’s a never-ending argument trying to decide whether this album is better than The Main Ingredient, but at least we can all agree that they should both reside on Spotify.