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Enta da Stage heralded a new era in New York hip-hop. The colorful styles of De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest had given way to a darker, meaner strain of rap music. Even the clothing had changed. Black Moon ended the era of neon jackets and African medallions, as Enta da Stage came with a strict new dress code: Timberland boots and black hoodies. To match this new urban militancy, the production team of DJ Evil Dee and Mr. Walt (a.k.a. Da Beatminerz) crafted a sound that had no precedent in hip-hop; it seems to emanate from some subterranean bunker. Each song is crafted from a stack of desaturated funk and jazz records that have been sucked of everything but a rumbling core of bass and drums. Even as the music insulates itself from the outside world, the diminutive MC Buckshot attacks the mic with his ire piqued and his teeth bared. “Burst in flames, turn the mic into bloodstains / Any thought I think, you blink and drink death” (from “Niguz Talk S**t”). Utterly unconcerned with rocking the party, or hollering at the ladies, Enta da Stage deals only with the details of its own darkened mindstate. It is one of hip-hop’s most vivid psychological tours, as electrifying as it is harrowing.

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Slept on classic...

I can't belive that it's been almost 15 years since this album dropped. I could still put this on today and listen to the whole joint front to back. Man, it feels good to think back and remember when hip-hop was beautiful music. Buckshot was spittin' fire and Evil Dee and Mr. Walt (Da Beatminerz) were straight killin' em on the production tip. If you're putting together a list of the best of the Golden Era of hip-hop, you can't leave out this album. It's too bad that we can't get releases like this anymore...


CLASSIC NY Hip-Hop! That murky gutter sound from that era right before Hitler, er opps I mean Gulliani "cleaned-up" NYC.... BOOT CAMP still puts out high quality music .... but for those who are not familar with thier sound-- this is a perfect place to start.


a timeless album, just gets better everytime you listen to it


Formed: Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s

They 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,...
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