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Smif-n-Wessun

Steele (left) and Tek
Background information
Also known as Cocoa Brovaz, Tek-n-Steele
Origin Brooklyn, New York,
United States
Genres Hip Hop
Years active 1993–present
Labels Duck Down
Associated acts Boot Camp Clik, Black Moon, Heltah Skeltah, O.G.C.
Members
Tek
Steele

Smif-n-Wessun (aka Cocoa Brovaz) is a hip hop duo consisting of members Tek and Steele. Smif-n-Wessun comprise one-fourth of the Brownsville, Brooklyn supergroup Boot Camp Clik, with Buckshot, Heltah Skeltah and O.G.C. Both members are known for their Jamaican Patois during their raps, which was more evident during the earlier stages of their career.

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History

The duo debuted on Black Moon's 1993 album Enta da Stage, appearing on the tracks "Black Smif-n-Wessun" and "U Da Man". They released their first single "Bucktown" b/w "Let's Git It On" in early 1994. "Bucktown" became an underground smash, and gave the group considerable hype for their debut album, Dah Shinin', released in January 1995. The album debuted in the top 5 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and went on to sell over 300,000 copies in the United States. Along with "Bucktown", the album featured the singles "Wrekonize" b/w "Sound Bwoy Bureill" and "Wontime" b/w "Stand Strong". Dah Shinin became an influential album in the hardcore New York hip hop scene of the mid-1990s, and is considered a rap classic. Soon after the release of their debut, Smif-n-Wessun were sued with a cease and desist order over their group name by the Smith & Wesson firearms company. To avoid the lawsuit, they decided to change their name to the Cocoa Brovaz in 1996.

In 1997, the Cocoa B'z joined up with the entire Boot Camp Clik for their first group album For the People. The album was seen as a disappointment, and led to the eventual decline of the Camp's popularity. In early 1998, they dropped their second album The Rude Awakening. The release was met with mixed reviews and moderate sales. The album's lead single, the Raekwon-assisted "Black Trump", was not able to reach any Billboard charts. In 1999, the Clik was dropped from Priority Records, leaving the duo temporarily unsigned. Soon after, the Cocoa Brovaz released an underground single, "Super Brooklyn", which featured a sample from Super Mario Bros. Because of the illegal use of the sample, the duo was not able to officially release the track, but the single landed them a deal with leading underground rap label Rawkus Records.

They appeared on a number of compilation albums over the next few years, including Soundbombing 2, Lyricist Lounge 2, Game Over and Soundbombing III. They were never able to release the album they recorded for Rawkus in 2002, though it has circulated as a bootleg. They rejoined Duck Down Records for the release of the Boot Camp Clik's second group album The Chosen Few in the same year. In September 2005, they returned as Smif-n-Wessun for the album Smif 'n' Wessun: Reloaded. The album received good reviews, and sold around 35,000-40,000 copies in the United States. In 2006, the Boot Camp Clik released their third group album, The Last Stand, to strong reviews and Smif-n-Wessun appeared on a special edition of Ich, the second album of the German rapper Sido. Smif-n-Wessun's fourth album, Smif-N-Wessun: The Album, was released on October 23, 2007. The album is produced by Ken Ring, Tommy Tee and more, and features appearances from Rock of Heltah Skeltah, Joell Ortiz and Norwegian supergroup the Loudmouf Choir.

In 2008 they participated as guests in one track on one of the most skilled Czech hip-hop band PIO SQUAD on their album called Interview. There are plans for a new Smif-N-Wessun album to be released in 2009. The duo has confirmed that legendary producer Pete Rock will be producing a majority, if not all of the album.[1]

Discography

  • Dah Shinin'
    • Released: January 10, 1995
    • Chart positions: 59 U.S.
    • U.S. Sales: 288,253
    • Singles: "Bucktown"/"Let's Git It On", "Wrekonize"/"Sound Bwoy Bureill", "Wontime"/"Stand Strong"
  • The Rude Awakening (as Cocoa Brovaz)
    • Released: March 31, 1998
    • Chart positions: 21 U.S.
    • Singles: "Won on Won", "Black Trump"/"The Cash", "Spanish Harlem", "Bucktown USA"
  • Smif 'n' Wessun: Reloaded
    • Released: September 13, 2005
    • Chart positions: -
    • Singles: "My Timbz Do Work"/"Gunn Rap"/"Reloaded"/"Get Back", "Toolz of the Trade", "We Came Up (Crystal Stair)"
  • Smif-n-Wessun: The Album
    • Released: October 23, 2007
    • Chart positions: -
    • U.S. Sales: 1,500[2]
    • Singles: "Stomp", "Gotta Say It"

Singles chart positions

Year Song Chart positions Album
U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B U.S. Rap
1994 "Bucktown" 93 61 14 Dah Shinin'
"Let's Git It On" 14
1995 "Wrekonize" 95 29
"Sound Bwoy Bureill" 29
"Wontime" 48
1997 "Won on Won" 94 The Rude Awakening
1998 "Bucktown USA" 47
2001 "Get Up" 90 9 Lyricist Lounge 2

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