Critically acclaimed hip hop duo Pete Rock & CL Smooth will be playing a very special show at O2 Ritz Manchester this Saturday, 14th October. The duo’s combination of soul and jazz driven beats with smooth, philosophical lyrics was unquestionably the defining sound of 90s hip hop, often hailed as “one of the most influential hip hop acts from this era, not least of the classic one DJ/producer, one rapper formation”.
Though Pete Rock has worked with the cream of hip hop world throughout his illustrious career (Wu Tang Clan, Notorious BIG, Nas and Public Enemy to name a few) it’s his work with long-time partner in rhyme CL Smooth that really sets him apart from the rest of the musical field. With a signature sound based in classic funk records, Rock’s addition of jazz infused melodies and heavyweight horns create a timeless and unmistakable sound, still fresh today.
The duo’s two revered LPs, 1992’s ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother‘ and 1994’s ‘The Main Ingredient‘ added to their credentials as one of hip hop’s elite, with CL Smooth’s free-flowing and poignant rhymes perfectly interlocking with Pete Rock’s hard hitting beats. Their music continues to garner critical acclaim to this day, with Rolling Stone naming ‘They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)’ at Number 12 of their ‘50 Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time‘ list, whilst also declaring it “hip hop’s most beautiful elegy”. They’ll be joined by fellow hip hop legend Jeru the Damaja, performing alongside Pete Rock & CL Smooth for the first time in the UK. Do not miss this rare opportunity to catch the influential duo on the live stage.
Pete Rock & CL Smooth perform at The Ritz on Saturday 14th October. Tickets are available here.
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