Smif-N-Wessun released their debut album, Dah Shinin’ on January 10, 1995. Featuring the hit single, “Bucktown”, and flanked by the smoothed out but gully “Let’s Get It On, the album peaked at #59 on the Billboard charts, #5 on the R&B & Hop Hop charts, on its way to nearly gold sales. In 1998, The Source selected Dah Shinin’ as one of its 100 Best Hip Hop albums of all-time. Powered by choice production by the legendary Beatminerz and featuring spot appearances by the Boot Camp Click, this album is representative of a mid-90s, street-oriented, East Coast Hip Hop sound that permeated the day.
My favorite cut from this record is actually the remix to album version of “Wrekonize”. It’s a laid-back, bass heavy track that maintains its street appeal despite pulling its sample from the Bill Wither classic R&B cut, “Just The Two Of Us”. This ability to transform a softer sounding track into something gutter, with street appeal, is a notable skill of both Smif-N-Wessun and the Beatminerz. As such, it’s no surprise that this album remains a mid-90s classic among True School Hip Hop heads. Salute to Tek & Steele of Smif-N-Wessun (also known as the Cocoa Brovaz) for a true masterpiece.
All heads realize, wrekonize, real heads on the rise! Wrekonize, better wrekonize!