Posts Tagged ‘black moon’

Black Moon – Behind The Moon (Movie)

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Not sure where this came from or if its official cuz it looks kinda low budget but a must for any Bootcamp fan. Around the 1 hour mark they discuss One Nation where you can peep how it all went down, told by Dru Ha doing his best to sound like LL Cool J. Enjoy! –Philaflava

The 50 Most Important Indie Hip-Hop Albums

Friday, March 27th, 2015

 The 50 Most Important Indie Hip-Hop Albums

There have been several lists coming out lately on social media that inspired us to come up with this one. Shouts to and our homie, Alex from, for the brain spark. Keep in mind that we’re talking about “indie” hip-hop here and because it has seen tremendous growth over the years, we’ve implemented a few filters to round out the list to the 50 most important ones.

No old-school releases are included, i.e. your early BDP type stuff. Nothing with major label distribution behind it. No singles, EPs, compilations or soundtracks (sorry Soundbombing). No subsidiary of major labels (think Relativity/Sony). No mixtapes, demos or out-the-trunk releases (sorry 40 water). We tried our best to make this independent-as-fuck. This order does NOT represent the greater release, rather the lasting impact it had on the artist/group, label, culture and hip-hop in general. Of course, this is the opinion of T.R.O.Y. and we welcome yours in the comments section.   –Philaflava

List after the jump…


Boot Camp Clik / Duck Down – Promo Joints 95-99

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014


Thanks to for cooking up this marvelous compilation of obscure, promo-only tracks from the Boot Camp Click.  Duck Down really had that unreleased vinyl, b-side game on lock back in the late 90s. Enjoy! –Philaflava

01) OGC – Hard 2 The Core
02) Steele – Practice Session
03) Fab 5 – Leflaur Leflah (Part 2)
04) Cocoa Brovaz – All About the Cash
05) Buckshot – Doo Wop Freestyle
06) BCC – Niggaz Ain’t Ready
07) Cocoa Brovaz – Drama
08) BCC – Night Riders (Remix)
09) Heltah Skeltah – Therapy (Remix)
10) OGC and Cocoa Brovaz – Likkle Youth (Original version)
11) BCC – Off The Hook
12) BCC – Bootcampian Champians
13) Cocoa Brovaz – Mary Juana
14) BCC – My Mic Sounds Nice
15) Buckshot – Follow My Lead (Remix)
16) Fab 5 – Doo Wop Role Call
17) Fab 5 – Leflaur Leflah (Remix)
18) Cocoa Brovaz – Teenage Luv
19) Buckshot – Air Tight
20) OGC – Monday Blues For Brooklyn Crews
21) BCC – Tony Touch Freestyle
22) Heltah Skeltah – Lockdown Skit
23) BCC – Off The Hook (Instrumental)
24) Cocoa Brovaz – Drama (Instrumental)
25) Fab 5 – Leflaur Leflah (Remix Instrumental)
26) Heltah Skeltah – Therapy (Remix Instrumental)
27) Cocoa Brovaz – All About the Cash (Instrumental)
28) BCC – My Mic Sounds Nice (Instrumental)
29) Buckshot – Follow My Lead (Remix Instrumental)
30) BCC – Night Riders (Remix Instrumental)
31) Heltah Skeltah – Hot 97 Freestyle (Bonus)



Dropped Same Day: Black Moon / Em / Prince Paul / Rob Swift / Roots / Sporty Thievz

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Alright, so far we’ve been focusing on some cornerstones of the early to mid nineties but let’s take it to the other side of the decade for a moment. On this day the Best of Vanilla Ice was released and so was TLC‘s FanMail, as well as these half a dozen hip hop records…

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Tuesday, February 23rd, 1999.

Six LPs: Black Moon‘s second, on Duck Down / Priority, Eminem‘s sophomore, via Aftermath / Interscope, Prince Paul‘s second, through Tommy Boy / Warner Bros., Rob Swift‘s sophomore by way of Asphodel Records, The Roots‘ fourth, off MCA and Sporty Thievz‘s only, via Columbia / Ruffhouse.

Pick your favorite and / or the best album, doesn’t matter.

Check other posts in the Dropped Same Day series here.

And feel free to state your case, leave corrections or post additional match ups you would like to see in the comments below.

— The Big Sleep

Mark 563 – Enta Da Stage [Cover Illustration]

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Mark 563 is back again with this awesome classic Enta Da Stage illustration. Sick.



Red Bull Music Academy “Five Out Of Five” Lecture Series

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

According to the RBMA website:
The Red Bull Music Academy pays tribute to hip hop, arguably the most influential youth culture of our time – right where it all began. Over the course of five days, five classic albums from five boroughs are revisited via workshops and public talks in each respective borough. At night, the artists re-create their seminal work for a special concert, bridging the gap from old to new school. The five albums are: ‘The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick’ (1988), Black Moon’s ‘Enta Da Stage’ (1993), ‘Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’ (1993), ‘The Infamous’ by Mobb Deep (1995), and Dipset’s ‘Diplomatic Immunity’ (2003). Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, Manhattan – stand up!


Each of these videos are pretty long (an hour+ to two hours), but certainly worth the watch. So far I’ve only had the time to watch the Slick Rick and Wu-Tang/Raekwon lectures, but both have been very in-depth and extremely informative as the artists break down their albums.

Thanks to Step One for the original link. RBMA has these all on lock-down, so I’m unable to embed them.

Lecture: Slick Rick (RBMA World Tour 2011)


Lecture: Black Moon (RBMA World Tour 2011)


Lecture: Wu-Tang Clan (RBMA World Tour 2011)


Lecture: Mobb Deep (RBMA World Tour 2011)


Lecture: The Diplomats (RBMA World Tour 2011)


Chris Macro “Macro Dubplates Volume 3: Brooklyn VS Kingston”

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

I had mentioned Chris Macro’s “Macro Dubplates” in Wu-Weekly Post #21. Now he’s cooked up a brand new volume. It’s perfect for that end-of-summer, final bbq, labor day weekend listening experience.

Macro Dubplates Volume 3 – Brooklyn VS Kingston is available for download. 9 tracks of the highest grade Reggae-Hip Hop mashup available for free.

Featuring; Jay-Z, Notorious Big, Old Dirty Bastard, Bob Marley, King Tubby, Beenie Man, Lee Perry, Buckshot, Lil Wayne, Eek A Mouse, The Congos, M.O.P., Busta Rhymes, Dawn Penn, Blackmoon, Remy Martin, Mos Def, MC Lyte, Masta Ace, Special Ed, Wayne Smith, U-Roy, Prince Jammy and the Beastie Boys.

This is Rocksteady-Rap at it’s finest.

And in case you missed out on volumes one or two, go get them now.


The Stretch & Bobbito Show: June 10th, 1993

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

The Guests:

Black Moon
, The Fantastic 4, 5, 6, N-Tense, Pretty Boy Floyd, Smif-N-Wessun & Smoothly Ripped.

Total Duration:

3 hours, 39 minutes, 36 seconds.

Stretch’s Comments (on July 9th, 2007):

“What’s ‘sup kiddies? I had to dip out of town again and the files that I wanted to post are too big to take with me and even attempt to post from a hotel room. Served up for your listening pleasure are parts one and two of a slamingo KCR episode from June 10th, 1993, a little more than fourteen years ago. By this point in time, Black Moon had already come out as a new group to take seriously. I regret not having shown up to the video shoot for Who Got the Props, especially since they bigged up me (and Bob) at the end of the record. That bugged me out, for real; to hear my name on wax! (You laptop Serato youngsters don’t know how easy you have it.) Anyway, it would be cool to go to YouTube on my new iPhone and watch Who Got the Props with my cameo…but it just ain’t so. So…on this show Black Moon was scheduled to come up and they were bringing Smif-N-Wessun who we hadn’t known yet. But they left an indelible mark on my ears after ripping shit lovely that night. This had me amped. You’ll also enjoy it when I threw on LL Cool J’s Back Seat of My Jeep, probably to annoy Bobbito. There’s another live appearance by a group named N-Tense of which I have no recollection. On part two, you hear a funny musical episode that was recorded in my bedroom on a hot summer day, featuring muddy, echoed-out vocals by Reef, Ghetto Communicator, Bonz Malone and Cage. 4, 5, 6 and Justice League was in effect and the sound of the bong is real. And so is the static. This was early enough in our radio ‘career’ to actually worry about profanity. Haha, that’s funny.”


Talk with Bobbito
Jeru the Damaja – Come Clean
Diamon-D & the Psychotic Neurotics – You Can't Front ft. Sadat X & Lord Finesse
Fat Joe – Flow Joe
Tha Pharcyde – Passin’ Me By (Stretch Armstrong Mix)
Redman – Hardcore ft. EPMD
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – Death Becomes You ft. YG'z
Akinyele – Dear Diary ft. Rob Swift
Ultramagnetic MCs – One Two, One Two
Talk with Stretch & Bobbito
Black Moon & Smif-N-Wessun – '93 Stretch & Bobbito Interview & Freestyle
Run-DMC – Down with the King ft. C.L. Smooth & Pete Rock
Nikki D – Your Man is My Man (Large Professor Remix)
Wu-Tang Clan – M.E.T.H.O.D. Man
The Nubian Crackers – Do You Wanna Hear It? ft. Artifacts
Mobb Deep – Hold Down the Fort
Grand Puba – Mind Your Business
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – It's Not a Game
Akinyele – Ak Ha Ha! Ak Hoo Hoo?
Shyheim – Am I My Brother’s Keeper
N-Tense – Watch His Back ft. Curt Cazal
Talk with Bobbito
N-Tense & Pretty Boy Floyd – '93 Stretch & Bobbito Interview & Freestyle
Onyx – Slam (Instrumental)
Erick Sermon – Hittin’ Switches
The Beatnuts – Reign of the Tec
LL Cool J – Back Seat of My Jeep
The Knucklehedz – All She Wanted (Remix)
Prime Minister Pete Nice & Daddy Rich – Kick the Bobo (Beatnuts Remix)
Funkdoobiest – Funk Mode
Run-DMC – In the House
Party Break
Dr. Dre – Puffin' on Blunts and Drankin' Tanqueray ft. Lady of Rage, Dat Nigga Daz & Kurupt
The Beatnuts – Psycho Dwarf
Souls of Mischief – That’s When Ya Lost
Intelligent Hoodlum – At Large (Marley Mix)
Mobb Deep – Hit It from the Back
Freestyle with Stretch & Bobbito
Talk with Bobbito
Kool Keith (a.k.a. Rhythm X), Percee P & Godfather Don – Stretch & Bobbito Promo
Black Moon – U Da Man (Remix) ft. Dru Ha, Havoc & Smif-N-Wessun
Mad Kap – Proof is in the Puddin’
Prime Minister Pete Nice & Daddy Kane – Verbal Massage (Part II)
Brand Nubian – Steal Ya Hoe
Rumplestilkinz – Attitudes
Hoodratz – Bootlegga
Motion Man – Mo’ Like Flows On (Remix)
Ultramagnetic MCs – Two Brothers With Checks
Talk with Bobbito
The Fantastic 4, 5, 6 & Smoothly Ripped – '93 Stretch & Bobbito Interview & Freestyle
Talk with Bobbito

Thursday, June 10th, 1993 (112 CBR, 175 MB)

For those listeners out there who have taped cassettes to offer and wish to contribute but are not able to directly, Skinny Bonz himself has offered to digitize and return tapes for you, as has Nes from Dirty Waters and our own aleph.

Just because you can’t, don’t know how to or don’t have the time to make copies yourself, whatever the reason, that shouldn’t stop you from helping everybody out by providing the source material. Both hosts are not only cool with their shows being put online, they encourage it.

So if you think you may be able to add on, get in contact by leaving a message below in the comments, on the Stretch & Bobbito site or here the T.R.O.Y. forums.

Props to Konstant Kontakt, The Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show and the T.R.O.Y. forums.

The Big Sleep

Mick Boogie + NVME + DUCK DOWN Presents: SURVIVAL KIT

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Survival Kit is an ode to KRS-ONE & BUCKSHOT’s incredibly rich history of music. Their classic hits have been reinterpreted by today’s artists to watch:

Track Listing:
1) Survival Kit (Intro) by DJ Sherazta
2) Gotcha Opin Original (RMX) – Tanya Morgan (produced by NVME)
3) South Bronx (RMX) – Cause, The Kid Daytona & Chaundon (produced by NVME)
4) Buck Em Down (RMX) – Christian Rich (produced by NVME)
5) Sound Of Da Police (RMX) – Diz Gibran & Shawn Chrystopher (Produced by ILL TAL)
6) Shit Iz Real (RMX) – Ruste Juxx (produced by NVME)
7) Step Into Our World (RMX) – Team Facelift & Jade (produced by ABADDON)
8) Talk Shit (RMX) – Torae & Skyzoo (produced by NVME)
9) MC’s Act Like They Don’t Know – Sha Stimuli, Promise, J.A.M.E.S. Watts, Fashawn (produced by NVME)
10) I Got Cha Opin 09 – Kardinal Offishall & Buckshot (produced by Havoc of Mobb Deep)
11) Past Present Future – KRS-ONE, Buckshot, Melanie Fiona & Naledge of Kidz In The Hall (produced by 9th Wonder)

Free Download (DuckDown.Com)

KRS-One & Buckshot – Survival Skills

Enta Da Stage Vs. Midnight Marauders

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Recently at the forum, Jaz (of CDRS fame) devised a poll that asks respondents to choose between two of 1993’s landmark albums, Black Moon’s Enta Da Stage and A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders. I was initially fearful that the discussion would devolve into a battle of ad-hominem attacks and unsubstantiated claims, with one camp singing the praises of dark griminess and the other championing meander positivity. Both albums are lauded by cultish fan followings and bolstered by the nearly universal acclaim of established critics.

Marauders is the more widely known, and thus more celebrated album. It is also the more polished production effort and few would disagree that it sounds sophisticated and modern to this day. Enta Da Stage is rougher and almost comically dark in tone. This is not to say that Tribe doesn’t flirt with characteristic early ’90s dark griminess — Midnight is pretty much the sonic and lyrical blueprint for much of Mobb Deep’s early career, as I argue here. But let’s be real – Enta Da Stage‘s lyrics are full of brooding menace, while Tribe’s rhymes run the gamut from optimistic to mystic to downright silly.
There’s little doubt in my mind that both groups were fans of each other’s work. It is well known that Q-Tip went beat digging with Evil Dee and Mr. Walt during this time. Phife identifies Black Moon as one of his favorite rap crews in the Marauders liner notes. Enta Da Stage sounds very much like The Low End Theory‘s more thugged out kid brother. Even Buckshot’s typically melodic and laid back styles seem to be influenced by the Q-Tip’s talky flow; his more aggressive performances (and those of Five Foot Accelerator) remind one at times of Phife’s simplistic but effective technique. Both albums are filled with jazz samples that are stripped down to their most essential groove, in some cases beyond recognition.
Can one of these albums be said to be inherently superior to the other? It’s a tough call and the thread in question has proven to be somewhat contentious. What’s your opinion? Let us know in the comments section here or over at the forums.
For the record, I listen to Marauders more these days, but who can front on “Slave” or “Niguz Talk Shit”?
— Thun