03 July 2014

THE TAPE DECK: Pete Rock & C. L. Smooth - They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth blessed the hip hop world in 92 with their seminal debut album, Mecca and the Soul Brother. The lead single, They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.), was the groups most popular track. While the single never made it that high on the commercial ladder, it has been on many "best hip hop songs" lists (including SPIN Magazine, The Source, About.com, VH1, and Rolling Stone). Pete Rock produced a track sampling their familiar jazz and R&B sounds. The instrumental features the iconic saxaphone sample over a simple bass and drum melody. C.L. Smooth used these emotional elements to orate his biography. Taking us from growing up in a single parent household, to his new step father and introducing us to a few other members of his family. The song is dedicated to his friend Troy "Trouble T. Roy" Dixon of Heavy D & the Boyz who passed away in 1990. So if you an 80s baby, or love the golden era, put the windows down and turn your car speakers up to 11 and enjoy.

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