Among the many greats of hip hop’s golden era currently celebrating their 25th year, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth’s debut long player ‘Mecca & the Soul Brother’ is rightly considered a standout – frequently lauded as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. The album owes its distinctive sound in no small part to the eclectic and inspired choice of sample material. In addition to drawing on sampled staples popularised in the late 80s (James Brown, The J.B.’s), the album references jazz heavily and was pioneering in its use of layered samples, creating coherent tracks from small snippets of multiple disparate sources. In keeping with tradition, we’ve teamed up with www.mixcloud.com/WaxPoetics to present this exclusive mixtape of album tracks, remixes, and of course original sample material, mixed by www.mixcloud.com/ChrisReadsubstance.