It's going down from out of town, off the wicked streets of New York trouble
Pete Rock & CL Smooth are a hip-hop duo from Mount Vernon, New York. They made their debut with their 1991 EP, All Souled Out and followed with 1992’s Mecca and the Soul Brother LP.
Separating in 1995, they eventually worked together again on a handful of cuts from Pete Rock’s solo recordings. The duo also went on a brief reunion tour as a warm up for their then-anticipated new album, which ended with a show at London’s famous Jazz Cafe. Despite these intermittent collaborations, the pair has exchanged dismissive comments towards each other in separate interviews, disavowing plans for a full-fledged reunion.
In late 2010, Pete Rock & CL Smooth finally ended their creative differences after fifteen years of being at odds with each others. They both wanted to avoid the fate which befell Gang Starr, in which lead rapper, Guru, had not been on speaking terms with DJ Premier for roughly seven years before his untimely death from cancer before their differences could be resolved.