I’ve been listening to Mecca and the Soul Brother and it got me thinking about how much I like C.L. Smooth. Well, Pete Rock as well, but this is a post about C.L. It’s too bad that the duo didn’t put more out, because I feel that C.L. got the short end of the stick, as far as not really being mentioned often as the great emcee that he is. Because of the short life span of their partnership, and possibly being overshadowed by Pete’s success, he just didn’t really get the attention he deserved.
Pete Rock and C.L. busted onto the scene during the rap “golden age” and seemed to have a very promising future. Unfortunately, they broke up and I don’t think I ever heard any real reason as to why, besides creative differences, which to me means that they didn’t get along anymore. After the break up, C.L. didn’t put out any solo material for whatever reason. This is why he gets lost in discussions about the greats (which we love to do in hip-hop). I think, unfortunately, people just forgot about him. Pete was making music, but C.L. just kind of stopped, until a couple years ago.
Because I’ve been listening to Mecca, I’ve been trying to get into C.L.’s solo LP from a couple years back, American Me. I’m still working on it, but I’ve been enjoying songs like this:
Mecca and the Soul Brother:
I Got A Love (from the last LP, but a great track):