Black Moon Release Their 1st Video In 15 Years. The New Album Is Coming Soon.
It has been 16 years since Brooklyn, New York’s Black Moon released a studio album. Boot Camp Clik’s breakout artists are back with their first new music since 2003’s Total Eclipse. Along with an exciting new music video, the collective of Buckshot, DJ Evil Dee, and 5 ft have a fourth album confirmed—Rise Of da Moon.
According to Complex, Heads can expect to hear the whole thing before Labor Day. What’s more the Duck Down Music release features longtime Boot Camp supporter Method Man as well as ally troops Smif-n-Wessun and Rockness Monsta. However, on first look “Creep Wit Me,” it’s an in-house affair.
The video captures the significance of the return. Filmed on a New York night, the Sun Bronx-directed visual shows what this trio means to Hip-Hop. Buck’ spits wisdom, looking at how he has weathered the storm from his days “as a wild juvenile” to co-running a label that’s remained a beacon for Hip-Hop. He kicks hard truth to the youth, and reminds everybody that he’s “got much more to go, much more to show.”
5 ft follows with an aggressive rap that refuses to be kept in the corner. While Buck’ was always perceived as the vocal leader within the group, 5 is not playing with an ongoing legacy. The two closely-knit MCs finish out the third verse with interplay. The song’s chorus nods to another outfit that made crucial noise around the same time as Black Moon—Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Dee appears briefly in the video too, while grabbing a shout-out from 5 ft.
Whereas Total Eclipse welcomed outsiders into the Bucktown cypher for beats and 2006’s Alter The Chemistry was purely a remix LP, Rise Of da Moon is slated to restore Da Beatminerz’ order. Da Beatminerz are exclusively behind the boards, just as was the case on 1993’s seminal debut, Enta Da Stage an album that ushered in a sound, a style, and an aesthetic that has remained intact ever since. Heads can hear that on “Creep Wit Me,” with its nod factor and melody.
“It was so dope working with my crew on this album. Unlike a lot of albums today, we recorded the album together in the same studio,” the producer/DJ stated to Complex. “Mr. Walt and I came with our Beatminerz sound —heavy bass and drums—representing that boom bap. Buck’ and 5 came with the ill rhymes. Mixing the album was so dope. We wanted to bring back it back to the ’90s with our analog/digital mixing process. Rise of Da Moon represents Black Moon’s legacy to the fullest.”
Duck Down is in the midst of an important season, especially with the B.C.C. At the top of the year, Smif-n-Wessun released one of the duo’s best albums to date, The All, produced by 9th Wonder & The Soul Council. Meanwhile, Sean Price’s protege Rim made a strong showing on KeeP! It Ville. In 2005, the label famously released LPs from Tek & Steele, Buck’ & 9th Wonder, and Sean Price’s solo debut. That offering would bring notoriety to P! beyond Heltah Skeltah and Boot Camp albums that would lead his career to a new zenith.