Black Moon's 'Enta Da Stage' 25th Anniversary Show at SOBs! • Word Is Bond

In the words on DJ Evil Dee (linear notes):

“This album was done on blunted terms. Anyone who is offended by the contents of the album, FUCK YOU. Nuff said.”

In the 90s, Black Moon was basically EVERYTHING hiphop fans wanted to be like.

The idea of having huge crews in your music videos was something unheard of until Black Moon stepped on the scene. Despite the main people involved can be at least 3-5 on average, you wouldn’t have known that especially when you see at least 20-30 heads in one music video. The west coast artists wasn’t doing that in music videos at the time.

Black Moon’s debut album Enta Da Stage will be turning 25 on the 19th of this month. To celebrate their quarter-century-old album, they’re having a celebration over at SOBs in New York, with the help from Move Forward Music & Funk Flex on the decks. Tickets are now available for purchase.

This album alone introduced to the world the Boot Camp Clik.

It also did a lot for Buckshot, 5ft, and DJ Evil Dee – who saw their early beginnings in high school. They eventually linked up with Mr. Walt and dropped this album on Nervous Recordings in ’92 (Walt & Dee are brothers who became infamous on the production as Da Beatminerz). First single came from this album was ‘Who Got Da Props?’ All the while, Buckshot was trying to get people to take him seriously as a manager at the age of 18 – under being 5’6. He met Dru Ha at the label and the two formed a management company called ‘Duck Down Management’ – which later became Duck Down Records. For Buckshot, it was a really hard time for him personally.

When they dropped the video for the single in late ’92, what was to follow in the later years was unexpected: the fashion sense of dressing in baggy clothes and the 6″ boots; the idea of having more than 15 people as a part of your crew in your music videos (as stated above), the grittiness in the rhymes – especially the location of the music videos to match, the overlaying of jazz samples and production being dark (thanks to DJ Evil Dee) and – the term ‘backpack rap’. In this video, Buckshot, 5ft, and a few others are the more notables that are wearing them while wildin’ out.

“Booming like a speaker with my 100 dollar sneakers
Baggy black jeans, knapsack, and my beeper…”

They’ve dropped four singles, but two of them have been came hits – Who Got Da Props? and ‘I Got Cha Opin’ (remix). The remix itself was given life with a video (above), new lyrics, and new music – everything that the original didn’t have.

That changed in 2013 when Eminem remade the original, titling it Don‘t Front. It was him paying homage to the crew that showed him love during his early beginnings, which in turn let the world know who he would’ve signed to if he didn’t sign with Dre.

According to AllMusic‘s Vincent Thomas (at the time), this album played a huge role in re-emergence of NY street hiphop, setting the precedence for the west coast dominance to end.

“It set the tone for much of the hip hop to follow. Biggie Smalls suicidal thoughts and Noreaga’s boisterous thuggery both have their roots here. The album marked a turning point in hip hop.”

Even though the album was huge in popularity, the sales unfortunately didnt match, selling a little over 350,000 copies. Despite that fact, it’s still one of the most prominent hiphop albums of today’s time, again – opening up avenues to albums like Nas’s Illmatic, Wu-Tang Clan’s 36 Chambers, Biggie’s Ready To Die, Mobb Deep’s The Infamous, (and so forth) to ‘enta da stage’.

Congratulations to the crew that heavily influenced NY rap in the 90s, and happy 25th!

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Chuckie Campbell Walks Us Through a Pivotal Spiritual Awakening in Video for "Pretty Girls" • Word Is Bond

Through the story of a woman, Buffalo, NY lyricist Chuckie Campbell opens several spiritual canals for those struggling to heal from a traumatic experience in the video for his recently released single, “Pretty Girls.”

The song, debuted off his second album, Taking Back Tomorrow, delves into the social, somatic, and psychological effects of rape and incest on the life of a young biracial woman, who ultimately cleanses herself of the anathema that coats her life, her rapist stepfather. The video, directed by Denny Kremblas, opens the scene with the young woman walking over water, where viewers feel some sort of spiritual awakening, or relief, from a harsh past. From this opening scene the timeline of precipitating events is flipped, and viewers are forced to walk backwards into her story.

Intimate close-up shots and chiaroscuro-like lighting catch details that may or may not have been planted covertly, such as the sign that reads, “Do More of What Makes You Happy” hanging opposite of the kitchen fridge, and the “LOVE” sign pictured in the full-length mirror which she pauses in front of to examine herself (an act of body dissociation or an attempt at finding self-love). Others were much more conspicuous, like the symbolism of walking on water, the white gown the actress wears (signifying spiritual, supernatural, and biblical importance), and the pouring of wine (also biblical). There are several shots of water–the boat dock, the bathtub, the faucet–which may also signify a baptism or rebirth of some kind.

There are many things done right in this video, even if they seem”by the book” in reference to suspenseful drama. On this woman’s road toward self-salvation, and maybe even atonement, viewers will find relief. And just like the rest of Taking Back Tomorrow, “Pretty Girls” is music for the seven chakras; many of Chuckie Campbell’s songs have messages that surrender us to our own energies; only through ourselves can we learn how to treat others, take control of our lives, and change circumstance. There was probably nobody more fitting to help deliver these messages than Heidi Feek, whose June Carter Cash-like, post-modern jukeboxy vocals call forth images of a lonely and deserted Wild West, where a sharpshooting Annie Oakley supports a women’s prerogative to protect herself. That is perhaps the most powerful takeaway.

Watch the video for “Pretty Girls” below, then check out the rest of the album here.

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