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One of the illist Hip-Hop duo’s ever! You can’t argue with that. Their first album is a straight classic. In 1995 The Shining dropped along side some other classic Hip-Hop albums such as Common(Resurrection), Digable  Planets(Blowout comb), Mobb Deep(The Infamous), Raekwon(Only Built for Cuban Linx) and many more. Side one was like their everyday shit but after ” Bucktown “… things just morphed. I knew they were dope but shit, I didn’t expect it to take a hold like that. I still crank that joint like yesterday. So if you don’t know, get familiar!! FLAMMMMMM!!!

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Bio(taken from duckdown.com):

The dynamic duo of Tek and Steele known as, Smif N’ Wessun, are survivors of the game of hip-hop. Their street slick rhymes, personal chemistry, and ability to trade the mic smoother than a Hennie and Coke, are a testament to team work. With a fast break into success, legal trouble that forced a brief name change, and moving into the drive’s seat, from emcees to entrepreneurs, Tek and Steele have stood tall in the face of adversity as an impenetrable force.

Natives of Brooklyn, New York, Tek and Steele made their first appearance to the world of hip-hop on Black Moon’s 1993 debut, Enta Da’ Stage. The tracks, “Black Smif N’ Wessun” and “U Da Man,” showcased their fierce and unrestricted lyrics. “Black Smif N’ Wessun” had a hard drum beat and deeply submerged bass-line, as the crew ferociously chanted the chorus.

n 1994, Buckshot and DruHa founded Duck Down Management, signing Smif N’ Wessun as their first act to Nervous Records. Not only did their debut, Dah Shinin, sell over 300,000 copies, but it also coined the name of the fourth great wave of hip-hop music. Tek N’ Steel stormed the masses with hardcore rhymes and a flawless ability to trade the mic without hesitation. “Dah Shinin’, was an era when hip-hop was just coming back from the West to the hardcore streets of New York, and you were proud to be a fan of it…that was kind of a renaissance time,” explained Steele. Produced by Evil Dee and Mr. Walt, the album was layered with heavy bass lines, razor sharp scratching and a dungeon sound that basted through any roof. While tracks like, “Timbz N’ Hood Check,” told of the underbelly of street life, “Won Time,” discussed the results of snitching; “Cession At Da Doghillee,” previewed the soon to be Boot Camp Clik; and the jazz influenced Brooklyn anthem, ”Buck Town,” became a Duck Down trademark. (More Here)

(Peep the Black Moon, Smif N Wessun Trailer below)

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