Nice & Smooth

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Nice & Smooth
OriginThe Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
GenresHip hop
Years active1986–present
Labels
Associated acts
MembersGreg Nice
Smooth B
D.J. Teddy Tedd

Nice & Smooth is an East Coast hip hop duo from New York City that consists of Greg "Greg Nice" Mays and Daryl "Smooth B" Barnes, plus their deejay Tedd "DJ Teddy Tedd" Whiting. The duo released four albums between 1989 and 1997. Their first collaborative appearance was on the single "Dope on a Rope"/"Skill Trade" on Strange Family Records in 1987. 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 1989 album It's a Big Daddy Thing.

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 Keenen Ivory Wayans' comedy/variety TV show, In Living Color. The duo is known for their 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.

2Pac intended to sign Greg Nice to his Makaveli Records label[citation needed] and even recorded tracks with the duo for his One Nation album, which featured other artists such as Smif-N-Wessun, Luniz, Snoop Dogg. 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 on his debut album King of Stage and second album Don't Be Cruel.[1] In 2005, he released a single titled "Game Over", produced by DJ Premier, and released a single in 2014 called "Set It Off".

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US

[2]

US R&B

[3]

Nice & Smooth 26
Ain't a Damn Thing Changed 141 29
Jewel of the Nile 66 13
IV : Blazing Hot 75
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

Singles[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US

[4]

US R&B

[5]

US R&B Air

[6]

US Rap

[7]

"Dope on a Rope" / "Skill Trade" 1987
"More & More Hits" 1989 Nice & Smooth
"Funky for You" 1990 8
"Cake & Eat It Too" 1991 21 Ain't a Damn Thing Changed
"Hip Hop Junkies" 38 5
"How to Flow" 23 5
"Sometimes I Rhyme Slow" 44 17 67 1
"Old to the New" 1994 59 43 74 6 Jewel of the Nile
"Return of the Hip Hop Freaks" 44
"Blazing Hot" 1997 76 21 IV : Blazing Hot
"Let It Go"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Source, August 2007, p. 32
  2. ^ "Nice & Smooth Chart History". Billboard 200. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "Nice & Smooth Chart History". Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  4. ^ "Nice & Smooth Chart History". Hot 100. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  5. ^ "Nice & Smooth Chart History". Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  6. ^ "Nice & Smooth Chart History". R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  7. ^ "Nice & Smooth Chart History". Hot Rap Songs. Retrieved October 5, 2018.

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