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Smif-N-Wessun

Part of Brooklyn's talented Boot Camp Clik, the powerful tandem of Smif-n-Wessun got their start on Black Moon's classic debut, Enta da Stage, in 1993. Rudeboy MCs Tek and Steele made their presence felt on the cuts "U da Man" and "Black Smif N' Wessun." In early 1994, the crew scored a massive underground hit with "Bucktown," a reference to their violence-plagued Bedford-Stuyvesant stomping grounds and "home of the original gun clappas."

Their debut LP, Dah Shinin', followed soon thereafter, unleashing more heavy artillery from the military-minded BCC. With a canvas of dark, gluttonous beats provided by the gifted Beatminerz production squad, the duo expanded the limits of harsh-sounding, neck-snapping hip-hop by adding a melodic element. The crew released their album during the heyday of one of the most influential independent hip-hop labels of the '90s, Nervous Wreck Records, which many other indies (Rawkus) have patterned themselves around. Their recording moniker alone, Smif-n-Wessun, implies violence, but the weaponry they deploy is also of the verbal variety. Tek and Steele both possess signature flows, the former a bit more straight-laced while the latter showcases West Indian influences. Dah Shinin' is a focused album with a sharp, compacted sound that still contains depth, albeit strictly from the dark side.

Forced to reincarnate themselves after a legal battle with the Smith and Wesson firearm company, the duo resurfaced in 1997 as Cocoa Brovaz, a reference to their heritage and also to their marijuana fixation. Their second album (and first as Cocoa Brovaz), 1998's The Rude Awakening, was a more sprawling and chaotic venture, as well as being a shade more frighteningly dark. Since 1998, the two partners have released a few singles, including "Super Brooklyn," which features a superbly innovative use of a sample from the old Super Mario Bros. Nintendo game. ~ Michael Di Bella, Rovi
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SALUTE
Soundcloud.c o m / j o h n - b a s e m e n t got dat real hiphop!
Boot Camp Click is held it down in the 90's..Headz Ain't Ready even now!
Hip hop has changed for the worst it used to be about life in the ghetto and everyday life now just about some canadian hogging the radio about meaningless s**t with his mommys money
Some real s**t
I love smif n wessun s**t buck town two h.p
������������
Kiss your left hand
Say you crush's name
Close your hand
Pick a school day
Say your name
Post this on 15 other songs and your crush will ask you out
Headz still aint ready
What u know about this s**t
This is still one of the best cdz
Brooklyn stand up.
!
Dope
Ahh, I'm instantly taken back to my freshman days at Howard Univ! I forgot about this track. Big up to DJ Evil Lee and the Boot Camp Click. They had the entire Eastern Seaboard on lock in the 90's. Mad props to Floetry for taking this sample to another level. Good music!
i just love them anyways..no particular track over the others#bcc4l y f e
Dope track!
Enter the stage yo was the s**t
ACE DUCE STAND UP
The first time I heard this beat was when James SwanQo and Skeemz ripped it...this version is dope. but SwanQ RIPPED!!

http://www.h o t n e w h i p h o p . c o m / g a l i x e e r e c o r d s - o r g a n i c - m i x t a p e . 8 7 0 4 0 . h t m l
exodus2.dg
BK.all day 90's..peace?
wow I feel so old right now.. classic
I still bump this cd like it came out 3 days ago!
Dope classic!!
i f**ks wit da hold boot camp click.
East New York Brooklyn stand up! One of my top five albums ever. Reminds me of growing up in NYC. Hopping on the train discovering the world haha enjoy....pea c e
That Brooklyn s**t son! Stand up!
Damn... Where did the time go??? 1993 My mind was in the Flatbush gutter… 2013 Married, 3 kids and wondering when I’m going to burry my mother…..
Dead good music sampled this. No ones original.
smiff n wessun too nice!! f**k with em hard
i walk around wif my pound strapd down by my side
no frotin just incase i gotta smoke sumthn
love it
Dah shinin' best f**king album ever
Smif-N-Wesso n all day ! ! !
jon.dingo1
keep it coming, Boot Camp 4 life
WHERE MY SOULJAHS AT
man i miss the real hip hop
dat was da jam bak in da days
Bucktown!
777
Wreckonize @ 403 Cattell Street Easton, PA 18042. John Quartey and Ghana Accra...
Ahhh Man! YOU just had to be there!
True bootcampian souljah
wu.masterofc e r e m o n y
You can't help but love Bucktown.
DOPE! THOSE DAYS WERE FRESH! BACKPACKS. BLUNTS. CYPHER SESSIONS
ah the good ole days! creativity!! and skills!!! why people like the crap u hear on the radio , is beyound me ! hip hop is a forgotten art form to the masses!
i miss real hip hop. S&W are ill!
sugerbare7
what what...
shuttheshell u p
love the hard hitting lyrics and heavy beats.
I remember hearing this way back. I never heard East Coast style hip-hop. Too bad they dont make it like they used to.....
BuckTown suckas!! Recognize Heads. Real Hip Hop right here son. B.C.C kicks s**t hard.

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