Black Moon - Enta Da Stage - 1993 Underground Hip Hop - SealedLP
Black Moon - Enta Da Stage
Label: Wreck Records NRV 2002
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Repress
Originally released: 1993
Genre: Hip Hop
Style: Thug Rap, Conscious
A1 Powaful Impak! 4:02
A2 Niguz Talk Shit 4:19
A3 Who Got Da Props ? 4:24
A4 Buck Em Down 4:37
A5 Black Smif-N-Wessun
Featuring Smif-N-Wessun 4:18
A6 Son Get Wrec 3:26
B1 Make Munne 4:23
B2 I Got Cha Opin 4:20
B3 Shit Iz Real 3:53
B4 Enta Da Stage 2:49
B5 How Many MC's...(Must Get Dissed) 3:53
B6 U Da Man
Featuring Dru Ha, Havoc, Smif-N-Wessun 4:18
Manufactured By Nervous Records NRV 9101-02002-1
Art Direction Merge One
Engineer [Assistant] Dave Carpenter, Eddie Sancho, Joe Quinde, Luis Tineo, Luke Allen
Executive Producer Big Dru Ha, M.W.
Mixed By, Engineer Leo "Swift" Morris
Photography Chi Modu
Producer Da Beatminerz
The label design on this version has no Wreck logo in graffiti style but in standard arial font instead which was the logo design for Wreck Records in 1996 (see for example Black Moon "Diggin In Dah Vaults").
The Parental Advisory note on the cover is printed on instead of a sticker. The words by DJ Evil Dee on the back cover read: "This album was done on blunted terms. Anyone who is offended by the contents of the album, F--K YOU. Nuff Said."
Pre-Production done by The Dewgarde Crib Of Hits. All Tracks recorded at D&D Studio, New York
Blackmoon didn't gain as much critical hype as other acts in the independent rap scene (perhaps due to a laid-back release schedule), but Black Moon has been one of its better acts. Buckshot, 5Ft, and DJ Evil Dee debuted in 1993 with Enta da Stage, an excellent album with plenty of old-school vibes on singles like "How Many Emcees" and "Who Got the Props." The remix album Diggin' in dah Vaults followed in 1996, and second album War Zone finally dropped on Priority in early 1999. Third LP Total Eclipse appeared in 2003 on Duck Down.
Black Moon (Brothers who Lyrically Act and Combine Kickin Music Out On Nations) debuted in 1992, with the release of the single "Who Got Da Props?". The song became something of an underground phenomenon, and charted on the Billboard Hot 100.
With the help of DJ Chuck Chillout, the group landed a record deal with Nervous Records for the release of their debut album Enta Da Stage, released in late 1993. The album included "Who Got Da Props?", as well as the singles "How Many MC's...", "Buck Em Down", and another Hot 100 hit, "I Got Cha Opin (Remix)". The album went on to sell over 350,000 copies in the U.S., and is now regarded as an underground hip hop classic. Following the album's release, the group temporarily broke up.
Many people don't know that Just-Blaze used the beat of Stay Real for Jay-z's Public Service Announcement track on the Black Album, one of the illest songs on Jay-z's album. "ENTA DA STAGE" is a classic, I listen to this album all the time. Buck-Shot's style of rapping is un-comparable. His smooth mono-tone style of rapping keeps you in tune with every single song on this album. For sure, this is one of the best Hip-Hop albums ever. All the beats on this album are SICK!
NYC hip hop was strong & you really had to bring something special to the table just to get noticed. 'Enta Da Stage' is a hitting album. The Beatminerz lace Black Moon with some great production, dusty & gritty sounding beats that match lead emcee Buckshots cool, gruff, Little Big Man styled delivery. Looking back I can't believe how many classic songs are on this album. 'Who Got Da Props', 'I Gotcha Open', 'How Many Emcees'
This album is one of my top ten albums of all time. It represents a time period between '92-'95 when the East Coast was definitely runnin' [things]. I'm talkin' about when it was Gang Starr, Tribe, Nas(when he was still Illmatic), Smif-n-Wessun(when they were known as Smif-n-Wessun), Biggie(before he was reincarnated), theWuwhen all 36 were in full effect); puttin' it down for New York.
Buckshot's flow is by far one of the best ever heard, and more than makes up for his petty lexicon. 5 Ft.'s few appearances are stellar, and the production by Evil Dee and Mr.Walt was some of the most original, extraordinary stuff to date. One of the only albums in a while to incorporate uncompromising, street hardness while keeping hip-hop pure. Few have came, and few will come, that are up to the caliber of the legendary Black Moon.
Blackmoon - Buck'em Down
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Black Moon - How Many M.C.'s
East Coast hip hop at its grimiest.
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Black Moon - Who Got The Props
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Black Moon - I Got Cha Opin
@ Rock the Bells NYC 2011
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