Hard or Smooth

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Hard or Smooth
Hard or Smooth.jpg
Studio album by Wreckx-n-Effect
Released November 24, 1992
Recorded 1992
Future Recording Studios
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Genre New jack swing,[1] rap[1]
Length 46:04
Label MCA Records
Producer Teddy Riley, Ty Fyffe, David Wynn, Wreckx-n-Effect, Franklyn Grant, Menton L. Smith
Wreckx-n-Effect chronology
Hard or Smooth
Raps New Generation
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly C+[3]
Q 3/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[5]
The Independent positive[1]

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.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Rump Shaker" (Aqil Davidson, Markell Riley, Teddy Riley, David Wynn, Anton Hollins, Pharrell Williams) – 5:13
  2. "New Jack Swing, Pt. 2" (hard version) (Aqil Davidson, Teddy Riley, Markell Riley, Tyrone Fyffe, Pharrell Williams, Franklyn Grant) – 4:50
  3. "Wreckx Shop" (Aqil Davidson, Tyrone Fyffe, Teddy Riley, Markell Riley) – 4:39
  4. "Knock-N-Boots" (Aqil Davidson, Teddy Riley, Menton L. Smith) – 4:51
  5. "Here We Come" (Aqil Davidson, Teddy Riley, Markell Riley) – 4:27
  6. "Tell Me How You Feel" (Aqil Davidson, Teddy Riley) – 4:59
  7. "My Cutie" (Menton L. Smith, Teddy Riley) – 4:07
  8. "Wreckx-N-Effect" (Aqil Davidson, Teddy Riley, Markell Riley) – 3:53
  9. "Ez Come Ez Go (What Goes Up Must Come Down)" (Aqil Davidson, Teddy Riley, David Wynn) – 3:44
  10. "Hard" (Teddy Riley, Aqil Davidson, Tyrone Fyffe) – 2:04
  11. "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


"Rump Shaker"

"New Jack Swing, Pt. 2"

"Wreckx Shop"


"My Cutie"