Black Moon Describe The Personal Process Of Making Their First Album In 16 Years (Video)
There are not many Hip-Hop crews who could sustain a career that has spanned a quarter of a century, while only releasing four albums, but Black Moon is not just any crew.
The highly-influential Brooklyn trio, comprised of Buckshot, 5ft, and DJ Evil Dee, first arrived on the scene back in 1992, with the release of their first single, “Who Got Da Props?” before releasing their acclaimed album, Enta Da Stage, the following year. They went on to release two further albums over the next 10 years, as well as various solo ventures and collaborative projects, cementing status as one of the underground’s most respected crews in the process.
Fast forward to 2019, and Black Moon returns once again with their first album in 16 years, Rise of Da Moon. AFH TV (currently available for all to watch) recently sat down with the New York veterans to discuss the making of the album, as well as the evolution of the group and the individual members themselves.
Within the almost hour-long conversation, the three group members break down various aspects behind the Duck Down Music album’s creation, including the decision to have Method Man onboard. Buckshot and Evil Dee explain how Buck believed the beat had the Wu-Tang Clan written all over it as soon he heard it.
The group, who left Nervous Records after their acclaimed debut, compares their early contract and label grievances to De La Soul’s complicated ongoing relationship with Tommy Boy. However, Buckshot, who founded Duck Down with Dru Ha in the early 1990s, thanks the group’s former label for teaching them some hard truths, early.
The three artists also shine a light on how the structure of Rise Of da Moon was shaped by the beats they chose, and how the first single was used as an indicator for what was to follow with the full project. Evil Dee then explains how Da Beatminerz (the veteran collective that consists of Evil and his brother, Mr. Walt) have carried over some of his old studio techniques to today’s technologies for producer and for the listener. He also laments about how DJs are a dying breed in a culture that was born from that very art-form.
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 trial subscriptions. 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.