The best concerts have lots of pyrotechnics, which is why classical pianists always wear asbestos pants. Insulate yourself from boredom with this GrouponLive deal to see Pete Rock and CL Smooth at Sound Academy. For $15, you get one G-Pass for general admission on Thursday, August 16, at 8 p.m. (up to a $31.75 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m. Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call.
Pete Rock and CL Smooth, the self-proclaimed Soul Brothers, inundate listeners with the beats of early-1990s-style hip-hop, reuniting for the first time in two years during a one-off performance at Toronto's Sound Academy. The pair's history has been marked by separations and reunions. After meeting in grade school, the pair pursued separate musical paths for a time, with Smooth forging rhymes as Rock collected jazz records by Lou Donaldson and Dorothy Ashby. A decade later, Rock's brassy, cymbal-shaken vinyl samples became the backdrop for Smooth's confidently delivered lyrics, leading to the release of 1991's All Souled Out EP.
The album quickly inducted the pair into hip-hop's elite, a scene that at the time welcomed jazz-rap groups such as A Tribe Called Quest. Although similar in sound to their contemporaries, their Islam-inspired lyrics and pro-education message set them apart. In 1995, after releasing two albums together, the two parted ways as Rock's career as a producer flourished while Smooth continued to contribute guest rhymes to the nicely appointed spare bedrooms of projects including Rock's 1998 solo album, Soul Survivor.
Due to security restrictions, G-Passes must be printed out and presented in person at the event. They cannot be redeemed through Groupon's mobile app.
Lights stream down from all directions onto the stage at Sound Academy as audience members stand transfixed. Heightening the kaleidoscope, the crystal-clear sound system allows concertgoers to hear even the most subtle hiccups of the performers.