Saturday Sample Session- Smif-N-Wessun
Smif-N-Wessun and their crew the Boot Camp Clik had a vibe in the early to mid 90’s. Along with Heltah Skeltah and Black Moon, they dominated the East Coast Scene with their unique styles. As a collective, they created a serious buzz within the hop hop scene.
Smif-N-Wessun consisted of Tek and Steele. Both were known for their Jamaican Patois in their rhymes. Although I think it was more prominent during the early stages of their career.
Their debut album ‘Dah Shinin’ was noted for its lyrical content and production by Da Beatminerz. It wasn’t a major commercial hit. Last time I checked it’s sold about 300,000 copies since the release in 1995. But Dah Shinin’ was a critical success.
My favorite track has to be Sound Bwoy Bureill, but Wrecktime, Wreckonize, Bucktown and Stand Strong were probably the most popular joints on the album.
Bucktown was the first single and generated considerable hype for the release of the abum. It debuted in the top 5 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop albums chart.
But shortly after the album release, the firearms company Smith & Wesson served them a cease and desist order over their name. They changed their name to the Cocoa Brovaz in 1996.
Smif-N-Wessun remixed Wreckonize and the remixed version is featured in the video for the single. The sample they used was from the legend Bill Withers.
The song originally appeared on Grover Washington Jr.’s album ‘Winelight’. Bill Withers included the edited version on his 1981 compilation ‘Bill Withers Greatest Hits’. In case you didn’t watch the video above, the song they sampled was Just The Two Of Us.
I don’t feel the need to include a link to Bill Withers’ song. I’m sure you all know it. Instead, check out Smif-N-Wessun on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert .