The Rude Awakening

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The Rude Awakening
Studio album by Cocoa Brovaz
Released March 31, 1998
Recorded 1997
Genre East Coast hip hop, hardcore hip hop, ragga, alternative hip hop
Length 66:23
Label Duck Down Records, Priority Records
Producer Shawn J. Period
Face N Triple Beam
Sean Cane
Baby Paul
Filthy Rich
Suite 1200
Mr. Walt
Cocoa Brovaz chronology
Dah Shinin'
The Rude Awakening
Smif 'N' Wessun: Reloaded
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link

The Rude Awakening is the second album from rappers Tek and Steele, their first under the name Cocoa Brovaz. The duo was forced to drop their original name, Smif-N-Wessun, after they were sued by the Smith & Wesson firearms company. The album received moderate reviews and sales. The lead single from the album was "Black Trump", which features Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan. Their 1997 single "Won On Won" from the Soul in the Hole soundtrack is included here, as well as the singles "Spanish Harlem" and "Bucktown USA".

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Performer (s)
1 "Off The Wall" Shawn J. Period Tek, Steele, Professor X
2 "Still Standin Strong" Steele, Face N Triple Beam Steele, Tek
3 "Won On Won" Sean Cane, 12 Nations Steele, Tek
4 "Live At The Garden [Skit]" *Interlude*
5 "Blown Away" Baby Paul of Da Beatminerz, Steele Steele, Tek, Buckshot
6 "Money Talks [Skit]" *Interlude*
7 "The Cash" Filthy Rich Steele, Tek
8 "Black Trump" Self Steele, Raekwon, Tek
9 "Dry Snitch" Suite 1200 Smack Man, Tek, Head Arabic, Steele
10 "Game Of Life" Suite 1200, Steele Tek, Steele, F.L.O.W.
11 "Back 2 Life" JB Tek, Steele
12 "Bucktown USA" Mr. Walt of Da Beatminerz Steele, Tek
13 "What They Call Him [Skit]" *Interlude*
14 "Hold It Down" Sir Gav, Keylord, Self Steele, Tek, Storm
15 "Spanish Harlem" Mr. Walt of Da Beatminerz Tony Touch, Tek, Steele, Hurricane G
16 "Myah Angelow" Baby Paul of Da Beatminerz Steele, Tek, Sean Price, Deidra Artis
17 "Memorial" Shaleek Steele, Tek, Eek-A Mouse

Music videos[edit]

  • "Won on Won"
    Released: 1997
  • "Black Trump"
    Director: G. Thomas
    Released: 1998
  • "Spanish Harlem"
    Released: 1998

Album chart positions[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
1998 The Rude Awakening #21 #3

Singles chart positions[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles
1997 "Won On Won" - #94 -
1998 "Bucktown USA" - - #47