Dah Shinin'

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Dah Shinin'
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 10, 1995 (1995-01-10)
StudioD&D Studios (New York, NY)
Smif-N-Wessun chronology
Dah Shinin'
The Rude Awakening
Singles from Dah Shinin'
  1. "Bucktown"
    Released: May 28, 1994
  2. "Wontime"/"Stand Strong"
    Released: 1994
  3. "Wrekonize"/"Sound Bwoy Bureill"
    Released: 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Source[2]

Dah Shinin' is the debut studio album by American East Coast hip hop duo Smif-N-Wessun. It was released on January 10, 1995 via Wreck/Nervous Records. Recording sessions took place at D&D Studios in New York City. Production was handled by Da Beatminerz. It features guest appearance from the Boot Camp Clik. The album peaked at number 59 on the Billboard 200.


Members Tek and Steele made their debut previously on Black Moon's classic 1993 album Enta da Stage. Dah Shinin' was noted for its hardcore lyrical content and production, which was provided by Da Beatminerz members DJ Evil Dee, Mr. Walt, Rich Blak and Baby Paul.[3]

The album marked the arrival of hip hop supergroup, the Boot Camp Clik, a prominent rap crew of the 1990s. The group includes Black Moon member Buckshot, Heltah Skeltah and Originoo Gunn Clappaz, as well as Tek and Steele. All members make an appearance on the posse cut "Cession at da Doghillee".[4]

The album has gone on to sell over 300,000 copies in the United States, and includes the underground single "Bucktown".[5] In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums.

The album's cover draws its inspiration from Roy Ayers Ubiquity's 1972 album He's Coming.

Track listing[edit]

1."Timz 'n' Hood Chek"DJ Evil Dee3:17
Mr. Walt4:05
3."Wontime" (featuring Rockness Monsta)
Baby Paul3:54
5."Sound Bwoy Bureill" (featuring Top Dog and Starang Wondah)
  • DJ Evil Dee
  • Mr. Walt
  • Yates, Jr.
  • Williams
  • W. Dewgarde
Mr. Walt2:55
  • Yates, Jr.
  • Williams
  • E. Dewgarde
  • DJ Evil Dee
  • Mr. Walt
8."Stand Strong"
  • Yates Jr.
  • Williams
  • E. Dewgarde
DJ Evil Dee4:10
9."Shinin........ / Next Shit" (featuring Buckshot)E. Dewgarde/
DJ Evil Dee/Mr. Walt5:30
10."Cession at da Doghillee" (featuring Buckshot, Heltah Skeltah, and O.G.C.)
  • Williams
  • Yates, Jr.
  • Blake
  • Bush
  • Sean D. Price
  • McNair
  • Yates
  • Powell
  • E. Dewgarde
DJ Evil Dee5:15
  • Williams
  • Yates, Jr.
  • E. Dewgarde
DJ Evil Dee5:09
12."Home Sweet Home"
  • Williams
  • Yates, Jr.
  • Hendricks
Baby Paul4:44
13."Wipe Ya Mouf"
  • Yates, Jr.
  • Williams
  • Blake
  • Hendricks
Baby Paul4:45
14."Let's Git It On" (featuring Rockness Monsta)
  • Yates, Jr.
  • Williams
  • Bush
  • E. Dewgarde
  • W. Dewgarde
  • DJ Evil Dee
  • Mr. Walt
15."P.N.C. (Intro)" DJ Evil Dee1:06
  • Williams
  • Yates, Jr.
  • E. Dewgarde
DJ Evil Dee5:41
Total length:1:07:35
Sample credits
  • "Timez n Hood Chek" contains samples from "Bedroom" by Galt MacDermot, "The Sorcerer of Isis (The Ritual of the Mole)" by The Power of Zeus, and "U da Man" by Black Moon.
  • "Wrektime" contains samples from "Somebody to Love" by Barbara & Ernie, "Get Out of My Life, Woman" by The Mad Lads, and "Forecast" by Eric Gale.
  • "Wontime" contains samples from "Funky President (People It's Bad)" by James Brown and "Spoonin' Rap" by Spoonie Gee.
  • "Wrekonize" contains samples from "Home on a Rainy Day" by The New York Port Authority, "Get Out of My Life, Woman" by Iron Butterfly, and "Blind Alley" by The Emotions.
  • "Sound Bwoy Bureill" contains samples from "My Heart Just Won't Let You Go" by The Waters, "False Sound" by Gregory Peck, and "Heart Song" by Ramatam.
  • "K.I.M." contains samples from "Gimme Some More" by The J.B.'s and "Momma Miss America" by Paul McCartney.
  • "Bucktown" contains samples from "Born to Be Blue" by Jack Bruce, "Why Can't People Be Colors Too?" by The Whatnauts, and interpolations of "U da Man" by Black Moon.
  • "Stand Strong" contains samples from "The Look of Love" by Isaac Hayes, "Sport" by Lightnin' Rod and Kool & the Gang, and "Bucktown" by Smif-N-Wessun.
  • "Shinin'........ / Next Shit" contains samples from "So You'll Know My Name" by The Roland Hanna Trio, "Orange Lady" by Weather Report, "The Jam" by Graham Central Station, "The Sorcerer of Isis (The Ritual of the Mole)" by The Power of Zeus, and an interpolation of "Stoned Is the Way of the Walk" by Cypress Hill.
  • "Cession at da Doghillee" contains samples from "Harlem River Drive" by Bobbi Humphrey, "Knocking 'Round the Zoo" by James Taylor and the Flying Machine, and "Keep Your Distance" by Babe Ruth.
  • "Hellucination" contains samples from "Only When I'm Dreaming" by Minnie Riperton and "Why Can't People Be Colors Too?" by The Whatnauts.
  • "Home Sweet Home" contains samples from "We Live in Brooklyn, Baby" by Roy Ayers Ubiquity and "Hit or Miss" by Bo Diddley.
  • "Wipe Ya Mouf" contains samples from "You're Welcome, Stop on By" by Ahmad Jamal, "Slow Dance" by Stanley Clarke, and an interpolation of "The Program" by Papa San.
  • "Let's Git It On" contains samples from "After the Race" by Mandrill, "North Carolina" by Les McCann, and "Buffalo Gals" by Malcolm McLaren.
  • "P.N.C." contains samples from "Get It Over" by One Way featuring Al Hudson, "Love Potion-Cheeba-Cheeba" by The Mighty Tom Cats, and "Vibe Riffs 1" by Monte Croft.



Year Song Chart positions
US Hot 100 US R&B US Rap US Dance
1994 "Bucktown" 93 61 14 1
1994 "Let's Git It On" 14
1995 "Wrekonize" 95 29 5
1995 "Sound Bwoy Bureill" 29
1995 "Wontime" 48 18


  1. ^ Witt, Chris. "Dah Shinin' - Smif-N-Wessun | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 2012-12-19. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  2. ^ "Classic Reviews : Dah Shinin in the Source (1995)". 19 December 2008.
  3. ^ http://www.complex.com/music/2012/11/the-50-greatest-debut-albums-in-hip-hop-history-/smif-n-wessun-dah-shinin[dead link]
  4. ^ "Smif-n-Wessun's 'Dah Shinin is the Quintessential Brooklyn Album".
  5. ^ "Smif-N-Wessun Drop 'Dah Shinin Album - Today in Hip-Hop - XXL".
  6. ^ "Cocoa Brovaz Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  7. ^ "Cocoa Brovaz Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  8. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 1995". Billboard. Retrieved April 13, 2021.

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