Smif-N-Wessun’s ‘Dah Shinin” Celebrates 20 Years

blame it on JES7 January 11, 2015


I must say that it’s quite an amazing feeling as a fan to witness your favorite artist and album reach a certain pinnacle. For the 80s baby Hip-Hop nerd, many of these milestones have been reached in the past few years: Redman’s Dare Iz a Darkside turning 20, Doggystyle, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, Illmatic and Enter the Wu-Tang’s twentieth.


Today, we can add another classic to the line-up of albums that have stood the ultimate test of time: Smif-N-Wessun’s Dah Shinin’. Released on Jan. 10th, 1995 – Tek and Steele’s magnum opus was spawned during a period many heads[1] would consider the Golden Era: 1993 – 1995.


Recorded at the now defunct D&D Studios, Dah Shinin’ followed on the heels of another Duck Down Records/Boot Camp Clik release – Black Moon’s Enta Da Stage – an album in which Tek and Steele also made their debut appearances. As with Enta, Dah Shinin’s jazzy, yet ominous lo-fi production was handled in-house via Da Beatminerz (DJ Evil Dee, Mr. Walt, Baby Paul & Rich Blak).


On a more personal note, Smif-N-Wessun’s debut always struck a deep chord within me. Dah Shinin’ was is one of those albums that I could press play on and get entirely lost in until it was time to flip the tape over to the B-side; real timeless. Like many fans of the two PNCs, I refused to conform and call Smif-N-Wessun by their “new” group name the Cocoa Brovaz – a change brought upon by the absurd lawsuit firearms manufacturer Smith & Wesson filed in the mid-90s.

Huge shouts to Mr. Rippa, Mr. Vicksta, Da Beatminerz, Duck Down Records and everyone else who was involved in the creation of this album, and congratulations on twenty-f*cking years! All praises due. Hopefully we’ll see a deluxe version re-release of the album in the very near future. For now, you can cop Dah Shinin’ on iTunes or via Duck Down.

Smif-N-Wessun, Evil Dee & Heltah Skeltah Recording Dah Shinin’ In ’95

[1]It could be argued that the Golden Era of Rap/Hip-Hop was also from ’87-’91.

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  • Das Daz-One Dreher

    Long live the B.C.C

  • The Truth✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Damn, I miss the days where my favorite rappers didn’t sound like someone else to get the attention of fuckboys.

  • steve

    Damn I didn’t realise how old this was, I was 6 years old when it was released and still turn it on once a month

  • JEM


  • Freshsup

    Album still gets monthly spin. Classic !

  • tk

    love this shit, but nocturnal by heltah skeltah no doubt my favorite out of the duck down camp

  • This was my favorite of the BCC releases… Nocturnal at a close second doe

    • tk

      damn i give it to nocturnal sean p on another level from the rest of the b.c.c

      • Man I love nocturnal, I think it was produced better but lyrically I think Steele was unfuckwitable on Dah Shining… But it’s very close between the two albums for real doe

        • tk

          i feel u i steele was unreal on dah shining but i personally give the slight edge to sean and heltah its just all a matter of opinion

  • El Fenomeno

    never left my iphone

  • forever12

    In my top 5, which my friends sometimes give me heat for. Also, hellucination is a true gem.

  • M Gar

    Salute to a classic album

  • Ziggz

    Love this album and that song “Cession at the Doghillee” I believe is the first ever appearance/verse from the one and only Sean Price. Historic shit

  • ohshaith55

    I agree that the most dense time period for awesome hip hop releases was 93-95 but that’s a pretty short era! for ME, because I can still never get behind the feel of most anything earlier, I’d say the golden era was probably 92-97. Still, all but a few of my top 10 albums were released between 93 and 95