Vans Downtown Showdown presents Black Moon
Black Moon debuted in 1992, with the release of the single “Who Got Da Props.” The song became something of an underground phenomenon, and charted on the Billboard Hot 100. With the help of DJ Chuck Chillout, the group landed a record deal with Nervous Records for the release of their debut album, ‘Enta Da Stage,’ released in late 1993. The album included “Who Got Da Props,” as well as the singles “How Many MC’s…”, “Buck Em Down,” and another Hot 100 hit, “I Got Cha Opin (Remix).” The album went on to sell over 350,000 copies in the U.S in its first year, and is now regarded as a Hip Hop classic.
Following the album’s release, the group separated from Nervous Records and Buckshot, along with his partner, Dru Ha, formed Duck Down Music. Black Moon paved the way for new artists on the label, such as Smif N Wessun, Heltah Skeltah, O.G.C. and the super-group, Boot Camp Clik.
In 1999, following the debut albums from Smif-N-Wessun (Dah Shinin’), Heltah Skeltah (Nocturnal), and O.G.C. (Da Storm), Black Moon released their long awaited sophomore album, ‘War Zone.’ The album saw a change in the group’s musical style, with a more mature Buckshot showing off a calmer, more serious lyrical delivery, and also featured a new lo-fi production sound from Da Beatminerz. The album’s singles “Two Turntables and a Mic” and “This is What it Sounds Like (Worldwind)” made an impact within the hip hop scene.
Black Moon returned in 2003 for the release of their third album ‘Total Eclipse.’ The album featured hits, such as, “Stay Real”, and “This Goes Out to You.”
In recent years Black Moon has stayed active with touring and also individual projects. DJ Evil Dee has continued production work with Da Beatminerz, and Buckshot has had a consistent release schedule. He collaborated in 2005 with Grammy-award winning producer, 9th Wonder, to release the album, ‘Chemistry,’ which was followed by ‘The Formula,’ in 2008 & ‘The Solution’ in 2012. Buckshot also released a project with KRS-ONE, entitled ‘Survival Skills,’ which featured appearances from Mary J Blige, Atmosphere, K’NAAN, Immortal Technique, Melanie Fiona, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch & more.
Later this year, Black Moon is releasing ‘Live From The Moon,’ to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of their debut album, ‘Enta Da Stage.’ An 8-piece band will be playing over the classic instrumentals to bring new life to a legendary record.