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4.8 out of 5 stars 170 ratings

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Vinyl, Import, 1 April 2016

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  • Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 30.48 x 32 x 2.54 cm; 226.8 Grams
  • Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ GET ON DOWN
  • Manufacturer reference ‏ : ‎ unknown
  • Original Release Date ‏ : ‎ 2016
  • Label ‏ : ‎ GET ON DOWN
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01CS1OGCQ
  • Country of origin ‏ : ‎ USA
  • Number of discs ‏ : ‎ 2
  • Customer Reviews:
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Pressed On Clear Vinyl 'We are the planters of the weeds or roses in our garden. Take the plunge within yourself to find The Main Ingredient.' So reads CL Smooth's album dedication in the liners to Pete Rock CL's underrated, soulful and deeply grooving sophomore album. For fans, it was bittersweet, as it would be their last as a duo. By 1994, Pete and CL were darlings of both fans and critics, still on a high after 1992's Mecca The Soul Brother and the album's emotional smash single They Reminisce Over You T.R.O.Y.. Two years later, they had grown even more as men and artists. Gone was some of the righteous striving of their earlier work, replaced by mature yet still righteous wisdom. And a lot more love as well, bringing a larger female constituency into their fanbase. They were adults now, reveling in the plateau they had reached. The duo's 90s swan song is a powerful double album that still resonates with Golden Era hiphop fans: 16 cuts deep and full of intelligence, fire and warmth. Beatsperminutewise, the album mostly clocks at a comfortable strutting pace, bolstered by Pete Rock's pioneering use of filtered basslines and a recentlyhatched obsession with Rhodes piano. The new tracks filled speakers and headphones with soul, as CL continued to assert his lyrical prowess all throughout. The lead single, I Got A Love, is a perfect example of the group's '94 steez: a supercatchy and respectful, but farfromsoft love track, suitable for any rap fan's romantic needs. Take You There and Carmel City cover similar ground. Considering CL Smooth's toplevel brag rapper status, cuts like I Get Physical, Get On The Mic and Check It Out effectively reminded competitors not to test him. Pete also gets in the game on the mic several times on the album, acquitting himself nicely and solo on the cloudy day soul of Escape, alongside other cuts. Add more pensive lyrical forays like All The Places, Searching, and perhaps the album's sleeper cut 'It's On You' and you have one of the more complete rap fulllengths of the mid1990s. This isn't surprising, considering the wonder twinsesque skills of Pete and CL. But it does make fans wonder what would have happened if they had stayed together longer. A1. In The House A2. Carmel City A3. I Get Physical A4. Sun Won't Come Out B1. I Got Love B2. Escape B3. The Main Ingredient B4. Worldwide C1. All The Places C2. Tell Me C3. Take You There C4. Searching D1. Check It Out D2. In The Flesh D3. It's On You D4. Get On The Mic

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