Buckwild Is An Unsung Member Of D.I.T.C. But He’s One Of The Strongest Links In The Chain Gang (Audio)

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When people think of the Diggin’ In The Crates crew (D.I.T.C.), names like Diamond D, Big L, Showbiz, AG, O.C., Lord Finesse and Fat Joe come to mind, and rightfully so. Those artists are some of the most acclaimed MCs and/or producers in Hip-Hop, having earned their respect over decades of quality releases. However, there is one name that is not mentioned as often as the others: Buckwild. Perhaps it is because he is the lone member of the crew who stays behind the boards. Both Diamond and Show, the crew’s other two producers, rock the mic with ease, when they so desire. Buckwild, however, has not ventured into the booth and, because he also does not tag his tracks, perhaps he is the one who should have the title “best kept secret,” instead of Diam.

As the producer of tracks like O.C.’s “Time’s Up” and Big L’s “Put It On,” Buck’s hands have been on some of D.I.T.C.’s most beloved records. Along with producing for artists like Nas, Big Pun, Jay-Z, The Game, Method Man & Redman and Kool G Rap, to name a few, he’s also architected hits like The Notorious B.I.G’s “I Got A Story To Tell,” Black Rob’s “Whoa” and Organized Konfusion’s “Stress.” For more than 22 years, he’s been behind the scenes crate digging and creating aural pleasure.

Buckwild’s latest concoction comes courtesy of D.I.T.C.’s recent resurgence as a collective. Since January, they’ve released a new song every Monday, spreading the love around the crew. This week, AG and Buck team up to release “Chain Gang.” Gearing up for his own release, AG sounds as confident as he ever has, as he settles into the groove, dropping references to late 70s and early 80s touchstones, including iconic films like Shaft and Fort Apache, The Bronx, Hip-Hop pioneers Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataa, and fashion staples like Puma suits and Gazelle glasses. Though AG ably holds down the mic, Buckwild’s production is the critical co-star, as it has been so many times before.

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