Thursday, February 13, 2014

The BCC Files: O.G.C.'s "Da Storm"

When you take a look at the "Nocturnal" album cover closely, to the right you'll notice O.G.C. waiting in the wings, which was another nice bit of continuity. Starang Wondah, Louieville Sluggah and Top Dog, O.G.C., the Originoo Gunn Clappaz, had a decent amount of buzz going into their debut, largely because of their performances on the previous albums, plus the BCC were on fire at the time. This album isn't talked about as much as those previous albums I discussed, so with this post I'm going to give it its proper due.

Release date- October 29, 1996

1. Intro
This lasts for 21 seconds, leading into the real opener of the album.

2. Calm Before The Storm
Produced By: Shaleek

A dope, apply titled cut here, as all three MCs prepare us for what's to come.
*4 out of 5*

3. No Fear
Produced By: Mr. Walt

It didn't take long for one half of Da Beatminerz to bless the album with a bangin' beat. The crew has no fear for the competition in any form. While Top Dog and Louieville Sluggah hold their own, it's Starang Wondah who owns this one, which would be a trend throughout the album.
*5 out of 5*


4. Boom... Boom... Fuckin Prick
Somewhat funny skit right here.

5. Gunn Clapp
Produced By: Mr. Walt

Mr. Walt blesses the crew (again) with another banger. Now when I think about it, the previous skit sort of ties into this song, but not too much. Dope stuff.
*4 out of 5*

6. Emergency Broadcast System
Big Tigger, formerly of Rap City's "The Basement," warns us of a "pending hurricane" threatening the shores. Uh oh!

7. Hurricane Starang
Produced By: Mr. Walt

"Starang comin like a hurricane lickin' shots!"

Starang does come through with this classic, solo style. All the pieces were in place: ANOTHER banger of a beat by Mr. Walt; a dope solo performance by Starang; a nice supporting role by Rock; and the creative touch of the howling, hurricane winds in the background. This one song proved that Starang could hold his own by himself and he succeeded.
*5 out of 5*

8. Danjer 
Produced By: Baby Paul

I appreciated the low profile, but still dope, vibe of this one, in the same vein as "Calm Before The Storm."
*4 out of 5*

9. Elements of the Storm
Another brief skit.

10. Da Storm
Produced By: Evil D

You can just hear the inspiration and hunger in their voices for on this title track (and the entire album for that matter). Simply dope all around.
*4 out of 5*

11. Wild Cowboys In Bucktown (Featuring Sadat X and Sean Black)
Produced By: DJ OGEE

"Ay yo he asked for it, his man saw it, so it don't mean jack to me!" -Sadat X 

Also in '96, Fugees, Young Zee and Rah Digga dropped a dope, hip hop styled Western track, if you will, in the form of "Cowboys." O.G.C. visits that same formula with guests Sean Black and Sadat X (formerly of Brand Nubian, rolling "wild cowboy" style that year), and trust me, this one BANGS. I love this beat, which saw OGEE hook up a "cowboy/western" vibe with a hip hop twist. Awesome as hell.
         *5 out of 5*

12. God Don't Like Ugly
Produced By: Buckshot and Lord Jamar

Apply titled to be sure. God never has and never will like the ugly, but leave it to the crew to put their dope spin on it.
*4 out of 5*

13. X-Unknown
Produced By: Evil D

"Feelin loosy, you see off the liquor/Can't shut these lips up/Never slip up, but on point just like a stick up" -Louieville Sluggah

This one knocks quite heavy in the ride, no doubt, and it's very good.
*3.5 out of 5*

14. Elite Fleet (Featuring M.S., The Representativez and Bad Vybez)
Produced By: Baby Paul

There is an "elite" feel to this collabo. Everyone involved dropped dope verse, sending warning shots to the competition, as said by Craig Mack, "you won't be around next year!"
 *4 out of 5*

15. Flappin
Produced By: E-Swift
Co-Produced By: Mad Lib

Decent closer, although the album could've ended on a stronger note.
*3 out of 5*

After revisiting this album, I first want to say this was more faster paced than the previous three. It may not be on the level of those quality wise, but make no mistake about it, the album is a banger overall. As mentioned, Louieville Sluggah and Top Dog contributed nicely, but the star of this "Storm" in my view, was Starang Wondah, especially on a lyrical level. The simple yet effective practice of dope beats and rhymes worked on this underrated, 4 star album.

So, did the momentum from 93-96 carry over to '97? We shall see in the next post as I close the files. Stay tuned. 

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