This week marks the 25th Anniversary of the release of Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s classic debut EP ‚All Souled Out‘, the 6 track Extended Player that placed one of hip hop’s best loved Producer / MC duos on the map and set the stage for two of the most revered albums of the early 90s, 1992’s ‚Mecca and the Soul Brother‘ and 1994’s ‚The Main Ingredient. In celebration we’ve teamed up with Wax Poetics to present this exclusive mixtape featuring tracks from the EP, alternate versions, interview snippets and of course original sample material used in the the creation of this all time classic.Soul and Jazz driven beats with smooth, philosophical lyics, that is the signature sound of 90’s Hip-Hop and the signature sound of one of the most influential and critically acclaimed acts of the era: Pete Rock & CL Smooth.
The perfect combination of producer and MC perform this very rare London show in celebration of their 25 years since the release of their debut EP ‘All Souled Out’.
Taking the baton from the likes of Marley Marl, who gave him some of his earliest radio exposure, Pete Rock’s complex sound used took the Funk sampled by the previous generation of Hip-Hop pioneers and added a layer of Jazz that is his defining sound. While work with the cream of Hip-Hop including Wu Tang Clan, Notorious BIG, Nas and Public Enemy has set him apart it is his work with his long time partner in rhyme CL Smooth on their incredible two full length albums ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother’ and ‘The Main Ingredient’ that cemented his place as one of the greatest producers of all time and theirs as one of the greatest duo in Hip-Hop history.