Rock The Mic: Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s “They Reminisce Over You” ft. Rich Kidd & Raz Fresco [Video]
New York City, NY – The good people over at CBC Music recently announced that they’d started up a new four-part Rock the Mic series featuring our very own Canadian rap cats: 26-year-old producer-rapper, Rich Kidd; and 19-year-old rapper, Raz Fresco.
The two MCs went all the way over to New York, along with a CBC Music crew, to kick it with the legendary Pete Rock at Electric Lady Studios. Cool fun fact: you may recognize Electric Lady as the New York-based recording studio that was built by Jimi Hendrix.
So for this first installation of Rock The Mic, Raz and Kidd get in on a rendition of Rock & CL Smooth’s “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y).” It features a live band performing that famous horn loop (that was sampled from “Today” by Tom Scott and the California Dreamers). Raz Fresco and Rich Kidd just hop on to the track and make the joint their own. Check it out below, and head over to CBC Music to peep the article that Jesse Kinos-Goodin wrote about it all.
If you’re one of those sentimental types, you may recall that the original “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” dropped exactly 22 years ago today, on Apr. 2, 1992. Pete Rock and CL Smooth wrote the song in honour of the late “Trouble” T. Roy of Heavy D & The Boyz.
Rock opened up to the CBC crew about the intense sentimental value of this particular track. “Every time I hear the song it brings up memories…. The music itself puts you in a trance to where you just remember what that song really is,” said Rock. “Because I lost a dear friend of mine … that’s the emotional side of it,” he says. “The other side, musically and talent-wise with CL Smooth, I think it’s one of the best songs we ever made as a group.”
What’s truly beautiful about this whole series is that two of our hungriest Canadian MCs-on-the-rise have been given the opportunity to rehash their hip-hop roots under the guidance of one of the most legendary hip-hop heavyweights. It’s a conglomeration of new-school Canadian hip-hop and old-school American hip-hop. And the result is one of the most relevant things ever. Too fresh to handle. I’m downright giddy over this. Can’t wait to see what the next installation of Rock The Mic has in store for us.
Photo illustration by Heather Collett for CBC Music