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Nice & Smooth
Origin The Bronx
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1988-1998
Labels Fresh/Sleeping Bag Records
RAL/Columbia/SME Records
RAL/PolyGram Records
Street Life/Scotti Brothers Records
Associated acts Native Tongues
Gang Starr
Kurtis Mantronik
T La Rock
2Pac
Members
Greg Nice
Smooth B

Nice & Smooth is an East Coast hip hop duo from New York that consists of Greg Nice (Greg Mays) and Smooth B (Daryl Barnes). The duo released four albums from the late 1980s to the mid 1990s. Their first appearance was on the song, "Pimpin Ain't Easy" by Big Daddy Kane on his album, It's a Big Daddy Thing in 1989.

While never gaining large pop appeal, each of the duo’s albums were certified for gold-level sales by the RIAA, with its biggest radio fame coming from "Sometimes I Rhyme Slow...," from its 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 Keenan Ivory Wayans’ comedy/variety TV show, In Living Color. The duo is known for its humorous rhymes and catchy hooks. They often appeared as guest emcees on albums by the Beatnuts, Gang Starr, and Tony Touch among many others.

The duo’s most-noted contribution to hip-hop is its second single, "Funky for You," released in 1990 with the following lyrics:

Hey, yo, Dizzy Gillespie plays the sax!
Me myself, I love to max!
Red-Bone booties, I'm out to wax!
Stick-up kids is out to tax!

Tupac Shakur intended to sign Nice & Smooth to his Makaveli label[citation needed] and even recorded tracks with the duo for the One Nation album. 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 in his debut album King of Stage and second album Don't Be Cruel.[1] In 2005, he released a single titled "Game Over," which was produced by DJ Premier.[2]

Discography

Album Information
Nice and Smooth
  • Released: 1989
  • Chart Positions: #26 Top Hip Hop/R&B
  • Last RIAA certification: Gold
  • Singles: “More & More Hits,” “Early to Rise,” “Perfect Harmony,” "Funky for You"
Ain't a Damn Thing Changed
  • Released: 1991
  • Chart Positions: #141 US, #29 R&B/Hip-Hop
  • Last RIAA certification: Gold
  • Singles: "Sometimes I Rhyme Slow," "How to Flow," "Hip-Hop Junkies", "Cake"
Jewel of the Nile
  • Released: 1994
  • Chart Positions: #66 US, #13 Top Hip Hop/R&B
  • Last RIAA certification: Gold
  • Singles: "Old to New," "Return of the Hip Hop Freaks"
Blazing Hot, Vol. 4
  • Released: 1997
  • Chart Positions: #75 Top Hip-Hop/R&B
  • Last RIAA certification: Gold
  • Singles: "Blazing Hot," "Let it Go"

References

  1. ^ The Source, August 2007, p. 32
  2. ^ Fat Beats
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