In my mind, "They Reminisce over You (T.R.O.Y.)", the lead single from Mecca and the Soul Brother, is on a very short list of the most exquisite hip-hop recordings ever. Though few people remember Trouble T Roy, a member of Heavy D and the Boyz, who died in a senseless "horseplay" accident while on tour with Kid and Play in 1990, "They Reminisce over You (T.R.O.Y.)" was hip-hop's first eulogy -- nailing the concept years before eulogies became a hip-hop requisite, like the gospel songs that close so many "I want to bone your ass" R&B recordings. Like DuBois's essay, "On Alexander Crummell" (from The Souls of Black Folk, 1903), where he eulogized the legendary 19th century activist and intellectual, Pete Rock and CL Smooth's eulogy for Trouble T-Roy has overshadowed the object of the eulogy. Not simply a tribute to fallen friend, "They Reminisce over You" was also a tribute to family.
Ha! I've said the very same thing for years!