Hard or Smooth
|Hard or Smooth|
|Studio album by Wreckx-n-Effect|
|Released||November 24, 1992|
Future Recording Studios
Virginia Beach, Virginia
|Genre||New jack swing, rap|
|Producer||Teddy Riley, Ty Fyffe, David Wynn, Wreckx-n-Effect, Franklyn Grant, Menton L. Smith|
Hard or Smooth was the second album released by Wreckx-n-Effect. It was released on November 24, 1992 for MCA Records and featured production from Teddy Riley, Ty Fyffe, Riley's engineers Franklyn Grant and David Wynn and Wreckx-n--Effect. This marked Wreckx-n-Effect's first album following the death of member, Brandon Mitchell, who was shot to death in 1990.
Hard or Smooth became a success for the group thanks in large part to the single "Rump Shaker". The album itself made it to #9 on the Billboard 200 and #6 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Several singles made it to the Billboard charts; "Rump Shaker" would make it to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and on the R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, as well as #9 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play; "Knock-N-Boots" made it to #72 on the Hot 100 and #71 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart; "My Cutie" made it to #37 on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales and #75 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart; and "Wreckx Shop" made it to #11 on the Hot Rap Tracks and 46 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart.
- "Rump Shaker" (Aqil Davidson, Markell Riley, Teddy Riley, David Wynn, Anton Hollins, Pharrell Williams) – 5:13
- "New Jack Swing, Pt. 2" (hard version) (Aqil Davidson, Teddy Riley, Markell Riley, Tyrone Fyffe, Pharrell Williams, Franklyn Grant) – 4:50
- "Wreckx Shop" (Aqil Davidson, Tyrone Fyffe, Teddy Riley, Markell Riley) – 4:39
- "Knock-N-Boots" (Aqil Davidson, Teddy Riley, Menton L. Smith) – 4:51
- "Here We Come" (Aqil Davidson, Teddy Riley, Markell Riley) – 4:27
- "Tell Me How You Feel" (Aqil Davidson, Teddy Riley) – 4:59
- "My Cutie" (Menton L. Smith, Teddy Riley) – 4:07
- "Wreckx-N-Effect" (Aqil Davidson, Teddy Riley, Markell Riley) – 3:53
- "Ez Come Ez Go (What Goes Up Must Come Down)" (Aqil Davidson, Teddy Riley, David Wynn) – 3:44
- "Hard" (Teddy Riley, Aqil Davidson, Tyrone Fyffe) – 2:04
- "Smooth" (Markell Riley, Tyrone Fyffe, Teddy Riley, Franklyn Grant, Menton L. Smith) – 2:59
- Teddy Riley - all instruments, executive producer, mixing, recording engineer
- Tammy Lucas - background vocals
- Tyrone Fyffe - production, background vocals, scratches
- Franklyn Grant - production, recording engineer, mixing
- David Wynn - production, scratches
- Jean Marie Horvat - recording engineer, mixing
- Steve Thomas - scratches
- Darryl Shuler - background vocals
- Robert Nickerson - background vocals
- Dante Drew - background vocals
- Earl Thomas - assistant engineer
- Keston Wright - assistant engineer
- Steve Hall - mastering
- Todd Gray - photography
- Vartan - art direction
- DEY International - design
- "Blues and Pants" by James Brown
- "Darkest Light" by Lafayette Afro Rock Band
- "Blind Alley" by The Emotions
- "Midnight Theme" by Manzel
- "I Like It" by DeBarge
"New Jack Swing, Pt. 2"
- "Woman to Woman" by Joe Cocker
- "The Bridge" by MC Shan
- "School Boy Crush" by Average White Band
- "Synthetic Substitution" by Melvin Bliss
- "Just Rhymin' Wit Biz" by Biz Markie feat. Big Daddy Kane
- "Think (About It)" by Lyn Collins
- "Get Up Offa That Thing" by James Brown
- "You'll Like It Too" by Funkadelic
- Gill, Andy (January 7, 1993). "RECORDS / No ifs, diggity-do, no butts, diggity-dah: Andy Gill, exploring this week's releases, uncovers the latest addition to the long and distinguished line of buttock anthems". The Independent. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
- Hard or Smooth at AllMusic
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