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The Main Ingredient is the second album by Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Released in late 1994. It would become their last album together. Like their previous album, Mecca and the Soul Brother, The Main Ingredient was very well received by critics but overlooked by the mainstream.

Characterized by sultry soul and jazz samples, The Main Ingredient saw a more polished sound than the duo’s debut, building on the praise that they had already garnered. The album is notable… read more



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  • Avatar for leatherdaddy32
    I'm angry at myself for barely listening to this
  • Avatar for DefenceMan
    perfect !!
  • Avatar for DickBigems
    I prefer this to Mecca & the Soul Brother, though I think in terms of intricacies Mecca takes the cake. You can definitely tell that Pete Rock was sort of gradually easing off the jazzy flavor he had on their debut by making the brass samples not as evident as well as having more R&B-ish choruses/productions. There just to seems to be a little more variation with the songs on Mecca & the Soul Brother that makes it not sound as formulaic. I think Midnight Marauders had a little bit to do with this evolution in Pete's production, I can't complain about it though because I that's one of my favorite albums and the beats were just as great as before. I wouldn't say C.L. Smooth didn't really change or improve any from album to album, this was really Pete's show in my eyes.
  • Avatar for dogmancer
    great album, but i kinda prefer their first lp
  • Avatar for Isco91
    Pure love. The production on this album is beau-ti-ful.
  • Avatar for buddamunk
    I didn't think I was gonna like this album more than Mecca. I was wrong.
  • Avatar for shaolin86
    In my top 5 albums of all time for sure.
  • Avatar for Swerveaction
    Biggest shout going to this LP my fav PR&CL Smooth LP ez
  • Avatar for Trautkidd
    This > Mecca and the Soul Brother
  • Avatar for Yastrzemski
    I've always loved this album. Always thought it was kind of underrated though.

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