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Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth

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Birth Place: Mount Vernon, New York
Years Active: 1991 - 1995, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2009
Genres: East Coast Hip Hop, Jazz Rap

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth were a hip-hop duo from Mount Vernon, New York. They made their debut with their 1991 EP, ''All Souled Out'' and followed with 1992's ''Mecca and the Soul Brother'' LP. As a producer, DJ Pete Rock (Peter Phillips) tended to prefer obscure soul and jazz sides for sample sources, frequently making use of horn-driven hooks. Lead vocalist CL Smooth (Corey Penn) tended to be philosophical in his raps, and he mostly avoided profanity. Their signature hit was “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)”, a dirge for fallen friends--namely Troy "Trouble T-Roy" Dixon, a member of Heavy D & The Boyz, who died in 1990. 1994's ''The Main Ingredient'' was the follow up, and t... Continue Bio >>

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