Smif-N-Wessun are influential rap gods. Their 1995 record Dah Shinin’ is well-known among a generation of skaters who bumped it during every sesh. The group’s debut LP is just one of those moody masterpieces unlocks something when you’re skating—you feel bigger than any gap or rail when “Sound Bwoy Bureill” is playing. And when a slam knocks your headphones off, it ain’t shit: just start the song over again.
DGK hooked up with Smif-N-Wessun ahead of the group’s new album release (The All, produced by 9th Wonder, comes out on February 22). Yesterday, the brand released a Dah Shinin’ collection featuring the album’s artwork, including a hoodie, a Tee-shirt, and a hand-numbered 8.06” deck (limited to 100).
Tek (aka El-Amin) talks a little bit about his environment when the group was recording Dah Shinin’, blessing us with a particularly striking insight near the end:
“It was the drug dealers making the music. Today, it’s the drug USERS making the music. They get caught up in the wrong things that’s out there, with all types of crazy experiments—popping pills, lean—polluting the youth that’s out there listening and thinking that’s the way to go. It’s all based on the music: as long as the product is good, the music, then you have nothing else to worry about.
DGK’s Smif-N-Wessun Dah Shinin’ collection is available now.