Wednesday, August 17
Better than: Funkmaster Flex's 2007 Fourth of July weekend '90s marathon mix.
1993 was a very good year for hip-hop. Wu-Tang Clan, Souls of Mischief, Lords of the Underground, and the under-recognized Rumpletilskinz all made their debuts, while Cypress Hill, LONS, KRS-1, and A Tribe Called Quest furthered their already admirable reputations. One exceptional debut that year was Black Moon's Enta Da Stage, a record that set the path for the Duck Down label (though the album was technically released by Nervous) and the entire Boot Camp Clik. Who knew that a skinny, short kid with "baggy black pants, knapsack, and a beeper" named Buckshot, an MC whose cadence recalls jazz improv at times (listen to "Buck 'Em Down" to see what I mean), would go on to create something of an indie hip-hop empire. Heltah Skeltah, Smif-N-Wessun, OGC, and others all subsequently made their mark upon golden era hip-hop, and Duck Down is still going strong today. So why not add Enta Da Stage to the list of albums performed in their entirety, especially when a live band is handling musical duties?More »