I agree this is a bad decision. It is kind of like the East Coast's version of the Four Horsemen. In addition to his solid solo career, Sean P is best known as one-half of the duo Heltah Skeltah originally going by the name Ruck and also as a prominent member of the supergroup known as the Boot Camp Clik and the Duck Down Music family at large. Da Incredible Rap Team is the third and final studio album by hip hop duo , consisting of and formerly known as Ruck. Combined with the critically acclaimed first two albums and the huge underground of the Boot Camp Clik, this album has got crazy hype attached to it. If it wasn't for the track-saving lyricism I would have skipped instantly skipped it.
If you would have given me only the instrumentals on Magnum Force to listen to without me knowing Ruck and Rock rapped over them, I never would have guessed that this was a Heltah Skeltah record. For many of their 90s peers, they wish could be so lucky. At odds with library officials over how to handle the extreme weather event, the pa. As goofy as that album cover was, the music inside was gritty as hell. But Nocturnal, ultimately neglected though it may be, also has a lot going for it. Unfortunately, that momentum as underground royalty was stifled by the mainstream centered follow-up Magnum Force; an album whose commercial failure caused the group to disband officially for a decade. Insane Produced by Marco Polo I wasn't really ready for this track, but after about one minute I got really into this track.
The 90s were a bittersweet symphony for Heltah Skeltah. The lyrics are great, and it's just a great song overall. Daz Dillinger produces a banger of a beat, and both he and Kurupt drop solid verses Kurupt actually drops two. The intensity of the delivery is there, but the rap is laughable. Chipmunk 3000 Produced by Fatim I don't have much to say about this track. The group chemistry begins to gel more by mid-album on Everything Is Heltah Skeltah and D. It's been ten years since Heltah Skeltah has released an album.
The beat by Smoke is decent enough. Buckshot and Ruste Juxx stop by on the confrontational So Damn Tough to deride some of the overt political correctness in todays Hip-Hop scene. I mean, Ruck, who clearly established himself as the stronger member of the group on Nocturnal, had improved as a rapper by this point which would eventually lead into a phenomenal solo career , and Rock's booming voice was still more than prevalent. It is by all means a footnote in the history of its genre, not really indicative of a tectonic shift in ideology or sound or much at all, really, outside the immediate aesthetic and lyrical inclinations of its two creators. Now ten years later the question is can Ruck aka Sean Price and Rock, especially after crafting distinct solo careers, regain the chemistry that made them the secret weapons of the Boot Camp Clik? It is their first album since 1998, when they released , which did not receive anywhere near as much critical acclaim and underground success as their 1996 record. The hook is terrible too one of the very few times I can say that about a Heltah Skeltah track. I only wonder if it deserves the hype.
The lines on here are crazy, but the instrumental is what ties it all together, and it's nearly non-existent. There are other ways to challenge conventional thought. Rock practically vanished off the map, appearing occasionally for a cameo on a project, largely out of the limelight. There really isn't anything to see here. The problem is the guest appearances. The beat by Cuzin Bawb the hell? What makes the whole thing work is the interestingly paradoxical aesthetic carved out by all those involved.
Da Beatminerz just have a distinct sound that fits all of the Boot Camp Clik groups like a glove. Tell me how was it connecting with your pops and having Showtime be a part of it? Piggybacking the success of fellow Duck Down members Black Moon and Smif N Wessun, the Twin Towers of the Boot Camp Clik obtained an immediate loyal following with their 1996 debut Nocturnal. As always, the rhyme chemistry is undeniable as the duo step up their game lyrically, trading brutal verbal blows over a band of nightmarishly murky street-hop tracks from underground producers Marco Polo, Khrysis, 10 For the Triad, Stu Bangas, Double Up, and Evidence. However, failing to duplicate the success of your first album is one thing. Forscore and 12 years ago, Heltah Skeltah released an equally goofy album cover, both rappers hanging from the sky. First of all, Ruck isn't even on here, which is a travesty in and of itself, but look who rapped instead of him: Representativz a duo consisting of Supreme and Lidu Rock , Hardcore, and Doc Holiday. It's not even that Self's beat is that bad although it certainly isn't anything to write home about.
On the former the duo effortlessly lampoon the state of Hip-Hop culture, while on the latter the group eviscerates a standard piece of boom-bap production with crisp battle rhymes. Don't think that I am about to metaphorically crap all over this album, because I'm not. Sean Wigginz Ruck gets his second solo cut on the project, but, unfortunately, it's only a minute and fifty-three seconds long, and he only spends about half of that time actually rapping. On the former the duo effortlessly lampoon the state of Hip-Hop culture, while on the latter the group eviscerates a standard piece of boom-bap production with crisp battle rhymes. However, it is Ruck who takes this track, kills it, revives it, and then kills it again. The lyricism is amazing on this track.
Nocturnal is an album concerned not with sensationalistic portrayals of street life but with what comes before and after; the two rappers recognize this sort of existence not as a set of discrete, unlinked events but as something that just goes, from when you roll into town shooting to when you arrive home tired, headphones on, sinking away to sleep. Da Incredible Rap Team Duck Down , the Brooklyn duo seeks to answer that question and more. Time to pop in Nocturnal. Nocturnal is, by my count, the single album out of the hundred that I had never heard of prior to looking it up; it barely outpaces Run-D. The problem is that it just isn't up to the standards that I expect out of the duo. Most of is straight-ahead East Coast gangsta rap with layered soundscapes, and even if these soundscapes are seamlessly crafted, they are only there as a backdrop -- the main intent of the entire album is to showcase the talents of and , and do they ever display their talents. Black men from the music game keep running the marathon.