Back then, you could literally afford to take those risks in record buying.
I hadn't heard the EP in its entirety in years until I reached for it one day in July.
I again marvelled at the magnificence of the music as I did when I first bought it.
As much as I was the first person I knew that was on to the duo, the world would catch up to me in 1992 with the release of Mecca & The Soul Brother.
f the nearly 80 minutes of hip hop brilliance weren’t enough, there are remixes that can, on most occasions, top the album versions.
One Friday night while fighting sleep, I was listening to a local radio program and heard For Pete’s Sake for the first time in basically 20 years. I had not listened to the Mecca & The Soul Brother in its entirety since its release.
I remember how amazed I was when I heard For Pete’s Sake for the first time. The song was out of this world to me. If memory serves, it is among the first half a dozen songs on the Mecca & The Soul Brother album. I was unable to identify sample sources at that time of my life. Although there were remixes and other productions prior, I believe it was after hearing that song that I understood just how good a producer Pete Rock is.
They don’t make hip hop albums or music like that anymore.
I’ll admit to being slightly harsh in my critique of The Main Ingredient when it dropped.
I guess you never forget your first. I felt Mecca & The Soul Brother would be tough to beat even for them.
I almost felt like they let themselves and me down with The Main Ingredient.
It wasn’t up to the high standards we had set.
Unfortunately, that would be the last album they would record together and I would maintain my position about The Main Ingredient.
I revisited the 1994 album some time last year and can state that as much as I was tough on it or classed it way beneath Mecca & The Soul Brother, it is still a better album than the majority of hip hop albums released in the last decade.
Contrary to what I thought or believed, it looks like they had it within them to drop back-to-back classics after all. Never two without three as they say.