“ Genre: Hip-Hop & Rap - East Coast / Artist: Pete Rock & Cl Smooth / EP / Audio CD released 1991-06-25 at Elektra „
"All Souled Out" came as the debut release from the Hip Hop duo of Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth (the latter taking on a duel role of both rapper and producer with the other just an MC). It come out in Summer 1991 and displayed what exactly the fresh Golden Age pair had to offer the game before they would go on to put out a full-length release the year after (one which included their breakthrough "T.R.O.Y." hit.
1. "Good Life"
The album gets off to a strong start as we find that the pair of them display how they're really just great undiscovered talent up to this point and have a lot to offer the game with a style which takes from the prominent jazzy style from the time, but is much more intent in coming with something generally exciting to pull in a wide variety of listeners (although they only saw an underground following).
2. "Mecca & The Soul Brother"
The title of this one went on to become the name of their debut full-length album and I felt that here it made for a fly track from them. CL Smooth shows how his rhyming abilities are almost unmatched by this point and really need to be heard by many as he shows just how well he's able to put things together with heavy internal rhyme that'll keep the listener on their feet through the whole of the track.
3. "Go With The Flow"
This one has Pete Rock throwing down a raw cut up version of James Brown's "Funky Drummer" as the backing of the track and I felt that it made for great support in what CL Smooth does as an MC as it provides him with the fast-paced breaks which were popular at the time and so ensure that he's on-trend before he then does what he can to show how just how innovative he is in regards to his rhymes.
4. "The Creator"
This was the debut single from the pair and so stands out as one of the more popular cuts from them and one that people are likely to be drawn towards. The cut is massive one and has Cl Smooth doing his best to show what he's able to do with the speed-rap stuff and once he's proven himself with that side of things, he's able to do whatever else seems suitable to just top it all off as a killer that you can't be without if you're into this age of Hip Hop.
5. "All Souled Out"
The EP's final track (other than a remix of an earlier one) comes in the form of the titular one. Its' a track that has him taking on a similar approach to what's been seen on the past couple where things are guided by Breakbeats which Pete Rock has picked-out and from there it allows Pete Rock to really get the job done in regards to how he lays down flows which few others could have managed at the time.
This is a great EP release from the pair and was very effective at creating a buzz for the act before they were finally able to put out a full album. The release shows just how much potential they have in the space of a few tunes and gives an indication of how the pairing of the two was one that you'd have trouble beating (with a killer MC and producer coming together well).
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Good Life
2 Mecca & The Soul Brother
3 Go With The Flow
4 The Creator
5 All Souled Out
6 Good Life (Group Home Mix)