NYC: Nice and Smooth, Ed O.G. and The Awesome 2 | Presented by SummerStage
1700 Crotona Ave
East coast hip-hop duo Greg Nice & Smooth B are famed for writing smart, tongue-in-cheek rhymes that ride bangin’ hooks. Released in the late 1980’s and early to mid 90’s, Nice & Smooth’s albums, including Nice and Smooth and Ain’t a Damn Thing Changed, are acknowledged hip-hop essentials. Their biggest hit, “Sometimes I Rhyme Slow…,” is fondly remembered for its moderately somber rhyme with introspective lines about poverty, AIDS and drugs that was set to the guitar loop of Tracy Chapman’s hit single, “Fast Car.” Known for their humorous rhymes and catchy hooks, they often appeared as guest emcees on albums by the Beatnuts, Gang Starr, and Tony Touch among many others.
Ed O.G. hails from Boston and the lead rapper in the group Ed O.G. and Da Bulldogs. His debut with the group, titled Life of a Kid in the Ghetto received critical acclaim for its gritty depiction of ghetto life. The album included the song “Be a Father to Your Child” and “I Got To Have It.” Since then, Ed O.G. has gone on to release four solo albums and numerous collaborations with artists including Pete Rock, DJ Premier, RZA, KRS-One and Common.
Teddy Tedd and Special K, better known as the legendary DJ duo, The Awesome 2 are regarded as power players in hip-hop’s radio and DJ scene with shows on such famed stations such as 105.9 in NYC and on Sirius and AOL. Regulars on the international party scene for over twenty years, they have played all over the world, establishing themselves as hip-hop tastemakers.
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