#YoMTVRapsTBT: Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth Perform “T.R.O.Y.” & “The Creator” Medley (1992) [FULL VIDEO] @PeteRock #CLSmooth

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Though Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth’s musical partnership regrettably proved an ephemeral one, the dynamic duo’s output from 1991 to 1994 yielded some of the greatest, most enduring records in hip-hop history. 1992’s Mecca and The Soul Brother is universally regarded as their paramount achievement, though 1991’s debut EP All Souled Out and 1994’s swansong LP The Main Ingredient also qualify as classic material.

The pair subsequently collaborated on various projects during the years following The Main Ingredient’s release and recently reunited for a string of live shows. And let’s hope that rumors of a forthcoming new album come to fruition sooner than later. Until then, we can reminisce about the good ol’ days with the tandem’s memorable 1992 Yo! MTV Raps performance of “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” and “The Creator,” the latter of which you’ve likely heard more frequently over the past few months, as it was lifted to glorious effect for an Android TV spot. Moreover, while C.L. Smooth was the indisputable chief lyricist of the group, this footage offers testament to Pete Rock’s more-than-competent microphone skills, which have often been overshadowed by his unparalleled production prowess.

Enjoy the performance and bonus interview below, and stay tuned for additional Yo! MTV Raps throwback memories here on soulhead!

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