Nice & Smooth

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Nice & Smooth
Origin The Bronx, New York City, New York
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1988–1998
Labels Fresh/Sleeping Bag Records
RAL Records/Columbia/SME Records
RAL Records/PolyGram Records
Street Life Records/Scotti Brothers Records
Associated acts Native Tongues
Gang Starr
Kurtis Mantronik
T La Rock
2Pac Awesome 2
Members Greg Nice
Smooth B

Nice & Smooth was an East Coast hip hop duo from New York that consists of Greg Nice (Greg Mays) and Smooth B (Daryl Barnes) and their DJ Teddy Tedd (Tedd Whiting) The duo released four albums from the late 1980s to the late 1990s. Their first collaborative appearance was on the song, Skill Trade on Strange Family Records in 1988. On the strength of that underground single they managed a guest spot on the song "Pimpin Ain't Easy" by Big Daddy Kane on his album, It's a Big Daddy Thing in 1989.

History[edit]

Nice & Smooth's biggest radio fame came from "Sometimes I Rhyme Slow...," from the group's second album, Ain't a Damn Thing Changed, released in 1991. The song was a moderately somber rhyme with introspective lines about poverty, AIDS, and drugs that was set to the guitar loop from Tracy Chapman's hit "Fast Car." In the summer of 1992, the music video received heavy rotation on MTV. "Hip-Hop Junkies," which featured a sample from The Partridge Family's "I Think I Love You" was also a hit, and it was once performed live on Keenan Ivory Wayans’ comedy/variety TV show, In Living Color. The duo is known for its humorous rhymes and catchy hooks. They often appeared as guest emcees on albums by the Beatnuts, Gang Starr, and Tony Touch among many others. They were represented by Reggie Osse.

Makaveli intended to sign Nice & Smooth to his Makaveli Records label[citation needed] and even recorded tracks with the duo for the One Nation album. Trugoy from De La Soul paid homage to Nice & Smooth by using each member's rhyming style in verses on the song “Simply Havin'” from De La Soul's AOI: Bionix album. Smooth B wrote rhymes for Bobby Brown that appeared in his debut album King of Stage and second album Don't Be Cruel.[1] In 2005, he released a single titled "Game Over," which was produced by DJ Premier.[2]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Album Information
Nice and Smooth
  • Released: 1989
  • Chart Positions: #26 Top Hip Hop/R&B
  • Singles: “More & More Hits,” “Early to Rise,” “Perfect Harmony,” "Funky for You", "No Delayin'"
Ain't a Damn Thing Changed
  • Released: 1991
  • Chart Positions: #141 US, #29 R&B/Hip-Hop
  • Singles: "Sometimes I Rhyme Slow," "How to Flow," "Hip-Hop Junkies", "Cake"
Jewel of the Nile
  • Released: 1994
  • Chart Positions: #66 US, #13 Top Hip Hop/R&B
  • Singles: "Old to New," "Return of the Hip Hop Freaks"
IV : Blazing Hot
  • Released: 1997
  • Chart Positions: #75 Top Hip-Hop/R&B
  • Singles: "Blazing Hot," "Let it Go"

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Source, August 2007, p. 32
  2. ^ Fat Beats