We’re in something of an unprecedented era when it comes to hip hop aging gracefully. As a relatively younger genre, the idea of guys who struck it big with the raps in their teens and 20s continuing on with their careers well beyond their 40s was, at one point, kind of inconceivable. But as it turns out, hip hop isn’t some passing fad, and more and more artists from classic, bygone eras have been able to find a place in the current climate of music today.
Take, for instance, CL Smooth. While his work with legendary producer Pete Rock back in the ’90s never resulted in hugely mainstream success, the pair was able to set the standard for the cool, jazz-inspired lyrical hip hop that would influence the world at the time (and then again in more recent years thanks to a resurgence via albums like To Pimp A Butterfly). And, of course, their 1992 single “T.R.O.Y.” remains an unquestionable staple of the genre, with its instantly recognizable horn sample and CL’s confident and introspective delivery.
With a recent solo EP, Life and Times of Corey Penn, on deck and having just wrapped a 25th anniversary reunion tour with Pete Rock, CL Smooth is taking his show on the road, performing with a live band in his CL Smooth Unplugged set, during which he will be performing both new songs and the classics.
Tickets for his show at The Regent on February 1st are available.
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