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The Rude Awakening
Studio album by Cocoa Brovaz
Released March 31, 1998
Recorded 1997-1998
Genre East Coast hip hop, hardcore hip hop, ragga
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
Professional reviews
Cocoa Brovaz chronology
Dah Shinin'
The Rude Awakening
Smif 'N' Wessun: Reloaded

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

# 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, Eeka Mouse

Music videos

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

Album chart positions

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

Singles chart positions

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


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