One Leg Up kicks off their new series of rarities [“Crispy Nuggets”] with this EP of unreleased demos from Pete Rock and CL Smooth. This was ripped from my vinyl as soon as I got it and uploaded here, so I can’t really give you a proper critique yet. But I listened while ripping, so I know it is worth a download. Shit, it’s Pete Rock and CL Smooth. Of course it’s worthy of being posted at the T.R.O.Y. blog.
OLU Records has connected with C.L. Smooth to finally unearth some of the legendary sessions that were not included on the seminal “All Souled Out” EP. While these sessions always seemed to be a bit of an urban legend, a few of them had actually leaked on WBLS “In Control” back in the day. Once the debut EP was released, the duo quickly went on to change hip-hop history and these early tracks were all but forgotten! Fast forward to 2009…..Thought lost forever, 4XL has done the unexpected in working with C.L. to unearth these vintage treasures. Mastered and restored to optimum quality, this is a hip-hop goldmine, and this 5 track EP is a testament to the late 80’s sound merging into the early 90’s one. Of course, Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth were two of the main architects of this sharp turn in the golden era….Songs like the one-time WBLS exclusive “The Midnight Wrecka” and the fast-rap “Go C.L.” sport an aggressive 1989/1990 feel that was probably scrapped in favor of updated material like “The Creator” or “The Good Life”. Still the laid back “Cool and Calm” and “Down To Wreck Ya Body” head in the direction of the vintage “All Souled Out” flavor. Last, we are treated to a somewhat alternate version of “Go With The Flow”. All the cuts are heavy on the scratching, courtesy of Pete Rock and it is lovely indeed! This is vintage Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth goodness and an essential to any Hip-Hop collection!