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Posse cuts just ain’t what they used to be. Every now and then we’ll get a good one, but more often than not the lead artist is just looking for an excuse to show off the depth of their Rolodex. If you long for the days when big name lineups actually delivered, check out our list of 5 supremely underrated posse cut videos from the Golden Era.
Enta Da Stage, Black Moon’s near perfect 1993 debut, turns 20 years old tomorrow. The album arrived during a marquee year for Rap, one that saw the release of several other now iconic projects, including the game shattering Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Snoop’s Doggystyle and A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders. Although it wasn’t nearly as commercially successful as some of these other releases, it was every bit as artistically signifigant. Make no mistake about it, this album had a huge impact on NYC at the street level.
The album produced four singles and accompanying music videos, none of which were particularly groundbreaking, but all of which captured the essence of the era flawlessly. Two of the four used remixed versions of the tracks which differed signifigantly from the versions found on the album. I’ve collected all four below for your convenience, so dust off those 40 Belows and break out that conehead hoody as we take a quick trip back to ’93 with Buckshot, 5FT and Evil Dee.
“Who Got Da Props”
The album’s first single and arguably the group’s biggest and most iconic song, “Who Got Tha Props” set the tone for the trio’s introduction to the world. The video mainly consists of a frantic posse scene with Buck enthusiastically delivering his verses with a backpack strapped to his back. Champion hoodys, army coats and shiny track suits abound. If you keep your eyes peeled you might catch a cameo by a young Ill Bill and his brother Necro.
“How Many MC’s…”
My personal favorite of all of the Enta Da Stage visuals, “How Many MCs…” was shot in the Brooklyn’s Bushwick Houses and captured the essence of Black Moon in their natural habitat. Buck spoke on the video and the signifigance of the elevator shots in the just released mini-documentary Black Moon: The Beginnings.
“I Got Cha Opin (Remix)”
Any discussion of the “I Got Cha Opin” video should be prefaced with the acknowledgement that the original album version of this song is vastly superior to the remix version that was used for this video. At least in my opinion. Make no mistake, this version is a classic song in its own right, but the new beat and Buck’s laid back delivery changed the tone of the track entirely. The video had noticeably slicker production values than their two previous visuals (special effects!), but it wasn’t so polished as to take away from the crew’s signature grittiness.
“Buck Em Down”
The fourth and final visual from the album, “Buck Em Down” prominently features the paramilitary theme that would eventually help define the Duck Down/Boot Camp Clik aesthetic. The opening scenes find Buck assembling his camouflaged troops on the block while calmly delivering his lyrics in a hat he surely swiped from Just-Ice‘s closet. Like “I Got Cha Opin” before it, this video also used an alternate version of the song not found on the album. Edited for profanity and with a decidedly less rousing chorus, I think we can all agree this version doesn’t hold a candle to the original.
As previously mentioned, you can catch a live stream of Black Moon performing Enta Da Stage on turntable.com tomorrow afternoon.
Previously: Black Moon: The Beginnings (Documentary)
Rocky has revealed that he has been directing behind the scenes for many artist. One which includes B.o.B, more names to come in the future.
2 Chainz’s sophomore effort BOATS II: Me Time hits shelves September 10th.
“Everybody screaming they want the old Hov, but the new improved Hov hit like Albert Pujols”
Magna Carta Holy Grail officially hits retail tomorrow as the 12th proper studio LP from one of the most accomplished MCs the game has ever seen. For most people, Jay’s 1996 LP Reasonable Doubt marks the beginning of the Hov era, but Gloria’s Warrior was putting in work long before the release of his seminal solo debut. For our latest installment of Video Vault, we decided to compile a few visuals from those pre-fame days, back when you could still find Jay shooting videos in the projects or jumping on posse cuts alongside ODB and Shyheim the Rugged Child.
As you may or may not know, myself and my man Dallas Penn share an affinity for vintage Ralph Lauren Polo. He grew up in Queens and I was raised in Yonkers, but when we first met back during the mid 2000′s, we had an instant connection through our shared passion. In recent years, collectible ‘Lo has seen something of a resurgence amongst collectors of vintage fresh, but the history behind this shit goes back well over 25 years.
These days, anybody can be fresh. There are countless blogs and websites that document and curate all of the latest and greatest in street and men’s wear in what can sometimes feel like real time. Back during the Golden Age of ‘Lo, there were no lookbooks or street style blogs to keep you updated, you either saw something in the store, on the streets or in a Rap video. Like myself, Dallas was heavily influenced by ‘Lo cameos in several early to mid 90′s music videos and so we brought him in to talk about some of the legendary moments that helped shape and continue to influence style to this day.
New video from VNova’s mixtape Hidden in Plain Sight hosted by DJ Diggz and DJ Lust.
Hit the jump for the “Die Slow” video.
Die Slow is a remix of Kanye West’s track “Drive Slow” and is a song from VNova’s mixtape Hidden in Plain Sight hosted by DJ Diggz and DJ Lust.
Download his full mixtape here.
Some 19-year-old rawness from the “Darkside” of an off-the-rails Funk Doctor Spock.