Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth "C.L. Strikes Again"

Bonus Track (Not on demo but mentioned below)

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth "The Midnight Wrecka"


Already in tight with the rap industry thanks to his session work for cousin Heavy D and a landmark stint behind the turntables on Marley Marl’s In Control Show on WBLS, Pete Rock instantly proved the worth of his partnership with C.L. Smooth in the spring and summer of ’89 by dropping this ditty over the airwaves. It featured the trademark elements of the Pete and C.L. sound: the “Nightcap of Rap’s” down-to-earth delivery supported by the Soul Brother’s scratch cuts and perpetually locked-in-pocket James Brown-tinged groove. One Leg Up Records’ limited edition 2009 EP of pre-All Souled Out recordings, The Basement Demos, sadly doesn’t include the above heater, but rescues another former BLS exclusive, the hypnotic “The Midnight Wrecka,” from the vaults.