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After appearing on Big Daddy Kane's second album, the Bronx Hip Hop duo Nice & Smooth (consisting of Greg Nice and Smooth B), released their debut album in 1989 to show what they personally had to offer the underground East coast Scene of the time. DJ Teddy Tedd backs them up as they produce, and have him doing the additional scratching work to top it off.
1. "Early To Rise" (Intro)
2. "Something I Can't Explain"
Off what was a strong opener, you have a tune which finds then taking things in a direction which you really wouldn't have expected, and I think that it was a bad move from them as they get into some dreamy love rap which takes away form the funkiness which we know them for, and you receive elsewhere. Later one, they revisited this type of thing by parodying it, but here they do it fully, and it makes or something pretty weak.
3. "Perfect Harmony"
Moving things on directly off the last one where they apparently undermine what you got on the last one by singing to begin, and then from this getting into the proper stuff which you like to here off this album as Greg Nice takes over and rhymes in a lively manner and apparent takes from the style of Slick Rick.
4. "We Are No. 1"
It would appear that the first few tunes in the album aren't really beginning in idyllic fashion as it appears that they still don't quite get off their feet as off a pretty big one, the quality of things drops a little as they go into this one, and as it doesn't have the party atmosphere which the rest do, it holds it back significantly and prevents it from being as good as what it could have potentially been. The rhymes are tight, but not put t the best beats.
5. "No Delayin'"
On here they have a drum loop which appears to be a step down from the one which you get on the one following it, but I wouldn't say that this is much of an issue as I felt that this is where the bangers begin to come into play on the album with a track which has them trying out the type of material which forces them to brig out their most complex lyrics. They sample Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew's "The Show" here, and it makes it stand right out.
6. "Funky For You"
On top of the classic "Impeach The President" break from the Honey Drippers, this one was one of the big singles from the album, and so it really stands out for what it does here as they up-lift you with some light instrumentals pushing it through, as they come with some of the freshest rhymes that you will come across during the record.
7. "Skill Trade"
With so many big tracks coming off this album, it is hard to pick out a stand-out banger, but it appears that this is that one here as it just takes things a stage further with them showing just how fresh their material can be. It is a killer tune, and it shows just how well they can pick out the beats to accompany their flows. Smooth B's approach appears to mimic that of Rakim's with lots of internal rhyme boosting it throughout, and it makes for something you cannot help but feel for its high standard.
8. "More and More Hits"
Showing that they have been inspired by Big Daddy Kane's work after having the opportunity to work with him, you find that they do something which he did too by doing what is essentially their version of "Smooth Operator" on top of the same beat with The Mary Jane Girls' "All Night Long" propping them up as they half-sing in this one and let their guard down for a while.
9. "O-o-h Child"
Sampling The Five Fairsteps' track of the same name, in the same way which 2pac would later with "Keep Ya Head Up", this one has them showing off their skills for taking on just the right sources for directing their work and taking from inspiration which you wouldn't tend to expect, however the way in which it is done results in something you can't help but get down to.
10. "Hit Me"
Straight off one big one, and onto another, you have a track which really stands out for what you get from it as after doing a couple of shouts outs early on, they quickly shift it all as they flow in a way which contrasts from the melodic start by rhyming hard on this one with the content of the stuff all concentrating around the type of things like to see about the girls they associate with.
This is a big track on the album and it has them doing a track which surprisingly wasn't really made into full tunes as she chooses to do one which finds her talking about the type of jewellery the pair likes to rock. It is a fresh tune, and sees them slowing the pace as they do things here.
12. "Dope Not Hype"
This is a track on the album which you simply cannot ignore as it finds them producing a recording which brings in their well-known humorous style of rapping, and adapting this all to some Breakbeat (which were the in-thing for Hip Hop in 1989) and with this, they show how you don't have to give it hardcore lyrics, and instead can give it something a lot more light-hearted.
13. "Nice & Smooth"
This self-entitled track off the album has her doing one where they get into the liveliest work on the thing by sampling King Yellowman's "Zungguzungguguzungguzeng", it sees them flowing about what exactly the pair of them are about and how they differ from the others which are out there at the time.
14. "Dope On A Rope"
Keeping the production largely the same through into this one, you find them doing a track which you can't complain about has the beats are far to hard and the sample driving it hypes you up as they do more to express how exactly they see their work to be and just how far they have personally taken Hip Hop.
15. "Sum Pimped Out S**t" (Outro)
I felt that although it took a while to get the hits underway, once they did manage to fid their flow, they couldn't stop bringing out some of the best Hip Hop imaginable with them showing just how fresh they can make their sound whilst taking inspiration from top players in the game. It is a quality album, and the first few don't affect it that much.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Early to Rise
2 Something I Can't Explain
3 Perfect Harmony
4 We Are No. 1
5 No Delayin'
6 Funky for You
7 Skill Trade
8 More and More Hits
9 O-o-h Child
10 Hit Me
12 Dope Not Hype
13 Nice & Smooth
14 Dope on a Rope
15 Sum Pimped Out Shit