Black Moon Make Their Return And Bring Method Man With Them (Audio)
Black Moon has just released its first album in more than 16 years. Buckshot, DJ Evil Dee, and 5ft made Rise Of da Moon, produced entirely by Da Beatminerz (Evil and his brother, Mr. Walt). The 15 songs include two video singles, “Creep Wit Me” and “Black Moon Rise.” As usual, a few brothers from the Boot Camp Clik appear in support of the family tree’s Rap roots. Notably, Wu-Tang Clan’s Method Man joins the fold, too, courtesy of “Ease Back.” The song also features Smif-n-Wessun’s General Steele.
“[Method Man] burned it,” Buckshot told AFH TV this week during a video interview with Black Moon. At the 26:00 mark, The Duck Down co-founder says, “When I first heard the beat, I was like, ‘There is nobody else that can get on this beat besides Wu-Tang. When E played the beat, and I heard the boom-boom-boom, I was like, ‘This sh*t is Wu-Tang, period!’ All-day, every day.” DJ Evil Dee recalls Buckshot showing him that moment when the two were traveling together. “Wu-Tang, Boot Camp, we’re family.” In recent years, Smif-n-Wessun’s Tek and the late Sean Price appeared on a recent Wu-Tang Clan song. Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, and Meth’ also appeared on Sean’s Imperius Rex, while The Chef also features on this year’s Smif-n-Wessun LP. Buckshot continues that Method Man’s verse was “bonkers-ly creative,” pushing his pen-game on the standout collaboration.
Over some mellow accents and hard-hitting drums in the Beatminerz production, Method Man sets things off properly, welcoming back his fellow class of ’93 Hip-Hop partners. “Look, I don’t drop names, I don’t name-drop / Y’all hold the torch, we’re just here to keep the flame hot,” he begins. “See, I don’t smoke with these rappers, they eat the stink-box / Y’all eat the booty? It ain’t my duty to think squat / Now think twice, I think not / Ay, Dru Ha / Whoever hating on Wu-Tang can move side / Throw Wu signs when I bust rhymes that’s woo-ha / Good as Escobars but still probably get a few na’s / My Mary Jane ain’t got seeds or tubes tied / I pop eyes, you get the combo, then choose sides / Method Man, I’m with Buckshot, now buck shots / Who got the props? Like Buck, here’s where the buck stops.”
Buckshot and 5ft drop verses that cleverly nod at a host of Rap crews. The MC veterans spit with charisma and ease, while still maintaining a sense of coolness, and warding off those suckers who think they can rap bar-for-bar with some of New York’s finest. Steele lays out the chorus as he’s done on so many great Boot Camp Clik songs since the early 1990s.
Rise Of da Moon also features Tek and Heltah Skeltah’s Rockness Monsta.
Black Moon’s brand new interview is available at AFH TV, as well as a solo interview with Evil Dee and a recent Smif-n-Wessun conversation. We are currently offering free 7-day subscriptions. This song and other new music from Black Moon is also available on the official Ambrosia For Heads playlist.
Black Moon photograph by Robert Adam Mayer, provided by Duck Down Music.
Additional Reporting by Jake Paine.