“Ladies and gentlemen, DJ Pete Rock & CL Smooth!”
Back in late 1990, that introduction, even spoken by the ever popular Heavy D , didn’t carry the weight it would eventually. Granted, Pete had gained some fame being on the radio with Marley Marl. And it was a good look to be recognized as Hev’s cousin. But as you’ll see by the crowd’s reaction in this great video of an early Pete Rock & CL Smooth performance – culled from the vaults of DJ Iran – heads weren’t fully ready for Corey the Lover and the Chocolate Boy Wonder (who, unfortunately, is off camera). Billed in the youtube description as Pete and CL’s first ever live show, the quick set – from the “Hard to the Left Rap Party” at Kilimanjaro’s night club in Manhattan – features renditions of “Good Life” and “All Souled Out” (with different lyrics at the song’s conclusion), plus one more early joint, and captures one of rap’s most beloved duo’s in fine up-and-coming form.
P.S. Can’t forget to mention DMC is in the house straight stylin’ on fools.
(Props to digitalhustlefilms & hiphopdocs for the upload. Special thanks to our homie Prince Language for hipping us to the clip.)
CLICK THE THUMBNAIL ABOVE TO PEEP HOW KENNY DOPE FLIPPED A SAMPLE FROM THIS PERFORMANCE
Kenny Dope Unreleased Project - "That Gangsta Shit" (TNT, 1994)
Obviously, this video was available in some form well before 2012 since Kenny Dope used C.L.’s hyped intro for a track from his 1994 Pushin’ Dope EP. Pretty ill if you, like us, were up on “Gangsta Shit” back in the day, but had never seen the Pete and C.L. live footage till now.