If you know your hip-hop at all, you know "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)," the classic 1992 track released 22 years ago by New York duo Pete Rock & CL Smooth written in honour of their departed friend Troy Dixon (a.k.a. “Trouble” T. Roy of Heavy D & the Boyz).
For the first episode of the new CBC Music series Rock the Mic, Toronto rappers Rich Kidd and Raz Fresco travelled down to New York to record their take on the song — with Pete Rock, the track's legendary producer, sitting in for the performance. Even better: the recording took place at Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland studios, where everything from Patti Smith's Horses to Arcade Fire's Reflektor was recorded.
The "They Reminisce Over You" session is the first of four Rock the Mic episodes, which all feature Rich Kidd and Raz Fresco connecting and collaborating with Pete Rock. (Another reason to get excited about them: George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and Strombo Show staffer Alex Narvaez was part of the team shooting and producing the whole thing.).
Both Pete Rock and Rich Kidd have made appearances in the broom closet for the Strombo Show this season. During his visit, Pete Rock reflected about his long career in hip-hop:
And Rich Kidd was joined by SonReal for an acoustic performance of "The Openers" from their record The Closers:
For more on Rock the Mic, head over to CBC Music.