Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thursday Throwbacks: Pete Rock & C. L. Smooth "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)"

I can't believe I've gone this long without doing a Thursday Throwback with Pete Rock & C. L. Smooth "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)".  This might be one of the best songs in Hip Hop history.  Actually, I am going to go as far as saying that it's THE BEST Hip Hop/Rap song ever created.  Seriously.    

There are other songs in Hip Hop history that have sold more records or may have been more influential for some reason or another but "T.R.O.Y." might be the most timeless track of them all. It's just a perfect song on all levels.  It still doesn't sound dated even though it's been almost 18 years since it was first released and I don't see it getting old any time soon.

It's a true classic that captures the essence of 90's Hip Hop but at the same time brings together the old school sound of funk and soul.  The beat could stand by itself because it is so perfect but C.L. Smooth stepped up to the plate to match his flow and lyrics to such an unbelievable beat.  I'm pretty sure I'm going to feel the same about this song in another 20 years.  Good music stays good forever.

I was digging around on YouTube and found the two samples Pete Rock used to make the beat.  The intro samples "When She Made Me Promise" by The Beginning of the End.  The horn and bass samples used throughout the rest of the song are sampled from Tom Scott's "Today".  Talk about having an ear for good music. How the hell did he find these songs?  Pete Rock is unreal! 

"When She Made Me Promise" by The Beginning of the End

Tom Scott's "Today" - Addicted to Sneakers, Sports, Hip Hop and Gadgets

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