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Song Of The Month-They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) by Zach, Teen Blogger

They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) is a song by Pete Rock and CL Smooth, inspired by the death of their close friend Troy Dixon (1967 - 1990) (better known as "Trouble" T. Roy of Heavy D & the Boyz) in 1990. The song was the lead single off their debut album, Mecca and the Soul Brother. It was released in 1992 and later became a staple of classic early 90s hip hop.

Over a saxophone and bass sample of Tom Scott's cover of "Today" by Jefferson Airplane, CL Smooth unravels fond memories of his own childhood -- being the son of a young teenage mother, her father and four siblings, and the love he feels for other family members in working class Mt. Vernon. The 12 second saxophone intro is sampled from the 1971 song "When She Made Me Promise" by The Beginning of the End.

Although not a chart topper at the time of its release, "T.R.O.Y" has since gone on to become a staple song in hip hop; one that immediately recalls a certain Pete Rock and CL Smooth - photoperiod in time (the early 90s) as well as paying respects to lost ones, and acknowledging family members. Many critics consider it one of the best produced hip-hop songs, and it continues to appear on many "Greatest Songs" lists such as Q Magazine's "1001 Best Songs Ever", Spin Magazine's "Top 20 Singles of the 90s", and The Source's "100 Best Rap Singles Of All Time". It was voted #6 in About.com's Top 100 Rap Songs. It was also number 90 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. Pitchfork Media's included the song at number 35 on their Top 200 Tracks of the 90s.


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