Nice & Smooth
Revered for their spirited flows and one-of-a-kind style, Greg Nice and Smooth Bee make the kind of irresistable, upbeat hip-hop that's impossible to front on. Though many of their rhymes are pretty simple (and occasionally nonsensical), their energy, charisma, and flair more than compensates. With Nice's amped-up, near-yelling, delay on the last word approach, and Smooth's debonair, mellowed-out vibe, the duo found lots of love both inside and outside of the NYC scene. They debuted in '89 with Nice & Smooth, and would go on to release four quality albums, scoring hits with ultra-catchy tunes like "Sometimes I Rhyme Slow," "Hip-Hop Junkies," and "DWYCK" (with Gang Starr). They disbanded after 1997's Blazing Hot, Vol. 4, though Greg Nice still pops up on choruses here and there. In 2001 he threw down on singles like the Beatnuts' "Yo Yo Yo" and Masta Ace's "Don't Understand."