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Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth to Release Basement Demos

Posted in Music News with tags , , , on Thursday, April 2, 2009 by Tim Althaus

pcl An article that I read on HipHop DX said that Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth have some material that is left over from the All Souled Out days. The material is going to be compiled onto a five track EP, and there are only going to be 200 pressings of the EP. The EP is going to be called Basement Demos and is going to cost a quick $80, you heard it right, eighty dollars.

If you are a huge Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth fan this one is for you. The steep price in my opinion is probably worth it, I mean they are only pressing 200 copies. If you do buy this EP you are going to be getting a piece of history. Pete & C.L. will always go down as one of the greatest duos in the history of the game. Even though these demos are from the late 80’s early 90’s, I can assure you that they were far ahead of their time.

The Tracklisting:

SIDE A:
01. “The Midnight Wrecka”
02. “Cool and Calm”

SIDE B:
01. “Go C.L.
02. “Down To Move Ya Body”
03. “Go With The Flow [Alternate Mix]”

Review: Cymarshall Law & Mr. Joeker, Hip-Hop in the Soul 

Posted in Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on Friday, January 9, 2009 by Tim Althaus

hip-hop-in-the-soul-front I have to start this post off by saying that this is an album that I found out about way too late. If I would have listened to this album last year right away when it came out I can guarantee that it would have made my top 5 last year. The chemistry that is shown on this album is absolutely amazing, somewhat similar to a Guru/Premier (Gang Starr) or Pete Rock/C.L. Smooth. Putting these two together on an album was a god-send for the soul of Hip-Hop (no pun intended) because they really take things to a whole new level.

The first thing that I want to point out is that Mr. Joeker is a very talented producer (from Hungary), and I haven’t heard a producer that can mimic so many different styles of production. This guy can go from a DJ Premier sound into a style of his own in one track flat. To be honest the beats on this album are so hot, they may put the sun out of commission.

Cymarshall Law is an emcee that is in a league of his own, and he is from New Brunswick, New Jersey. One thing is for sure about Cymar, and that’s that this guy can rap his ass off and very well at that. Cymarshall Law is going to be a benchmark when it comes to great emcees in the future. With the mic skills that Cymar possesses, it’s only a matter of time before heads start to notice.

When I listen to an album the intro usually means a great deal to me, because in my opinion it should set the expectation for the rest of the album and the tempo as well. The intro on this album “Intro to the Soul” does just that setting the bar for the rest of the album with Cymarshall Law kicking an ill flow over a straight fire laced beat by Mr. Joeker. “The Takeoff (Getting It)” might be the highlight of the album with a beautiful backdrop full of strings, enchanting vocal samples and as usual Cymarshall’s razor blade sharp flow. Every track on this album is absolute quality, I don’t think that there was a better collaboration album last year to be honest, with guest appearances from KRS-One and Supastition it only adds to the ensuing chaos.

Please do yourself a favor and check out one of the best Hip-Hop releases of 2008, like I said I wish I would have heard this album earlier last year because it would have easily charted on my list.

9/10