Monday, September 17, 2007

Old School Mondays:: Nice & Smooth & Gangstar

Ok, last week we featured Positive K on Old School Mondays because the Ack and I had been discussing his lyrical awesomeness the week before. Well I don't want to make this a habit, but we've got a similar scenario this week. Ack and I spent more than a bit of time last week discussing the excellence of the original hip hop junkies, Nice & Smooth.

Even though their wiki entry vastly undersells their hip hop creds, ("they made several albums in the late 1980s and early 1990s to little popular appeal"), I'm going to guess that at some point you've heard of Nice & Smooth. Greg Nice and Smooth B released their self-titled debut on the classic, yet ill-fated Sleeping Bag Records in 1989, and unless you hated the hip hop or were in a coma in 89/90, you couldn't resist neither Nice nor Smooth. They took it to another level with their sophomore album, the Def Jam released Ain't A Damn Thing Changed. Many folks will tell you Greg Nice and his crazy, word-association freestyle rhymes was the engine that made Nice & Smooth run, but you'd be selling short the smoothness of Smooth B, and that would be a grave mistake. Anyway, enjoy the classic Funky For You from their debut album, and Dwyck, which is technically a Gangstar song, but it's excellent, so enjoy it anyway.

MP3:: Nice & Smooth - Funky For You
Simply a classic hip hop song. It's probably most well known for Greg Nice's opening line: "Heyo, Dizzie Gillespie plays a sax, me myself I love to max". As you know, yer man Dizz played the trumpet, making this one of the most famous lyrical faux pas's in hip hop. You can call it what you want, but it's a testament to Greg Nice's awesomeness that he can literally kick nonsense and sound dope as hell. Anyone can sound great with great lyrics, but to sound great while making zero sense, now that is truly greatness. I enjoyed Greg's verse on this song that I took the time to break down his lyrics line by line a couple years ago. As good as Greg is though, he's not the only attraction for this one. The Awesome Two produced beat absolutely gets filed in the "classic" section, and Smooth B is also tremendous. "Smooth B, notorious, glorious, knowledge is infinite, I live in a fortress" - see what I mean, that's good stuff right there. A fortress! Nothing else needs to be said, this is classic all around.

MP3:: Dwyck - Gangstar f. Nice & Smooth
I know this isn't a Nice & Smooth song per se, but it feels like one. Premier created a beat that's just as catchy as Funky For You, but in classic Primo style. Of course Greg Nice hits leadoff, and he simply kills it. The nonsense quotient in his verse is off the charts and it's fantastic, lines like "Now my employer or my employee is making Greg N-i-c-e very m-a-d, don't ever, ever think of jerking me, I work too hard for my royalty, put lead in your ass and drink a cup of tea". Fantastic, plus he calls Muhammad Ali "Classius Clay", which is really enjoyable for some reason. I also love that Guru breaks out his Greg Nice steez for this jam: "Lemonade was a popular drink and it still is, I get more props and stunts then Bruce Willis". That Lemonade line is classic here on the hill, no doubt it is at your house too. Smooth B closes things with a stellar verse, really, you cannot go wrong in any way with this one. If you've never heard it, you must do so right now.

Video:: Dwyck - Gangstar f. Nice & Smooth

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