Today in Hip Hop History: January 10, 1995
Hip Hop duo Smif-N-Wessun, consisting of rappers Steele and Tek, released their debut album, Dah Shinin’, together through Wreck Records in 1995. The album follows up their emergence into the hip hop scene on Black Moon‘s album, Enta Da Stage, in which the duo featured on the songs “U Da Man” and “Black Smif-N-Wessun.” Their original single for Dah Shinin’ was “Bucktown,” which attracted underground hip hop hype in anticipation for the album.
Dah Shinin’ contained production from Da Beatminerz (comprised of brothers Mr. Walt and DJ Evil Dee in addition to Baby Paul) and Steele. The album featured Buckshot, Rock, Starang Wondah and more. It introduced the hip hop world to the rap supergroup Boot Camp Clik, which was a Brooklyn-based collective consisting of Smif-N-Wessun, Heltah Skeltah (R.I.P. Sean Price), Buckshot and O.G.C. The entire group performs on the posse cut, “Cession at da Doghillee,” a five and a half minute long cypher track.
The album perpetuated the underground hip hop genre of horrorcore, following along the lines of those such as Bone-Thugz-N-Harmony, Gravediggaz, Three 6 Mafia and Brother Lynch Hung, among others. The dark and violent themes within the album, combined with hard hitting punchlines and ominous melodies, made Dah Shinin’ an instant classic among the underground crowd in the mid-90’s.
Dah Shinin’ became an important influence in the hardcore scene at the time, even being considered as a hip hop classic by some. Now 21 years later, the duo continues to make noise due to their integral contribution to New York hip hop at the time.