Nice & Smooth were first heard on Big Daddy’s Kane’s “Pimpin Ain’t Easy” and later on in 1989 dropped their self titled debut. Their lyrics and flow on that song set the stage for their career and introduced Greg Nice and Smooth B to the world. There was nothing complex about Greg Nice’s rhyme scheme. He wont be on stage rhyming against B Rabbit, Lickety Split or Poppa Doc. His random rhymes filled with comedy and sexual exploits worked well against his partner. Smooth B….”not bumble” was a bit more smooth and lyrical. Their contracting styles worked and they become one of the most memorable groups from Hip Hops Golden Age Era.
The album was chock full of gems. The albums first cut, “Early to Rise” prepares you for a journey on the Nice & Smooth ride. Greg Nice rhymes:
“Early mornin, break of dawn’n
At the hotel, we be yawnin
Take off your clothes, take off mine
Sun is shinin I’m feelin fine
When Smooth B gets his turn, he quickly you know that he’s a smooth cat, but don’t talk his girl.
“Got to her school, what did I see?
Some onion head brother tryin to talk to my G
I said, “I beg your pardon, no need for alarm
But I am the man with finesse and charm”
A man of good nature no quiver or qualm
Didn’t wanna have to do the boy no bodily harm.”
Nice & Smooth “Early To Rise”
The album continues with the smooth and rather unique “Something I Can’t Explain”. Smooth and Greg are sharing two different young ladies and their love for them. Smooth B definitely can’t explain his conflicting feelings to the girl. He loves her, states he will never be tied down, but reminds her at the end that he loves her. They weren’t rapping, they weren’t singing, just talking to us. For 6 minutes we are listening to their feelings and moving our head to the music which sounds like a smooth organ in church before the singers get crazy. “We Are Number 1”, “Gold” and “Skill Trade” continue to highlight that all the young ladies are theirs and will leave none for the rest of us. “Hit Me” was a dirty nursery rhyme that Ice Cube would be proud of. The main single from this album and the best song hands down is “Funky For You” Over a smooth Parliament sample, Smooth B gets spiritual for a minute with
“Smooth B, notorious, glorious
Knowledge is infinite, I live in a fortress
I’m so astronomical, yet on a physical plane
My body’s just a shell, in control is my brain
I strain to gain spirituality
So I can finally be in unity
Harmony with the all eye-seeing
Knower of histories and mysteries
I’m mystic, also stylistic
Not materialistic, simplistic”
Smooth B wanted to let us know that he could rhyme more about taking your chick than wearing lots of gold.
What made this debut even more stellar is the fact that Nice & Smooth produced their entire debut themselves. Greg Nice’s sense of humor also shone through his use of samples. “Early to Rise” sampled the theme song to “Fat Albert”. He even sampled a song Prince sang to The Muppets on “No Delayin”
“Some Pimped Out Shit”, which was actually the outro used the same sample of Grand Daddy IU’s classic “Something New” from a 60’s singing group, Bobby and James Purify.
The video for “Funky for You” was the second to be released from this album. When Greg Nice bust through the door saying Dizzy Gillespie played the sax, you just didn’t care that was 100% false. The beat put you in a trance. The video provided all the necessary 90’s nostalgia quintessential for that time period. Male background dancers, polka dots and the new jack swing suits were necessary. The split second Bobby Brown cameo (gumby and all) made this video and cemented the entire Nice and Smooth’s debut album as an instant classic.
Nice & Smooth “Funky For You”
Nice & Smooth debut album