Monday, February 2, 2015

The BCC Files: Black Moon's "Total Eclipse"


Release date: October 7, 2003

(This is post #700 on the blog!!)



1. "Stay Real"
Produced by Da Beatminerz

I know that Little Boy Blues' "Seed of Love"  was most famously sampled by Jay-Z and Just Blaze for the "Public Service Announcement" interlude on Jay's "Black Album", but please don't sleep on this dope opener which used the same sample (seems like heads did sleep, but that's another issue/story). Buckshot and 5ft cover familiar territory here, but it's still dope as mentioned. They have stayed real since '93.
*5 out of 5*



2. "Looking Down the Barrel" (Buckshot)
Featuring Sean Price
Produced by MoSS

 This joint, featuring a well-timed sample courtesy of Gator Creek's "Betty Jean's Mama", is right up Sean Price's alley in terms of the lyrical gunplay. Very good song.
*4 out of 5*

3. "The Fever" (5ft)
Produced by Tone Capone, Co-Produced by Dan The Man

Man, for all 1:13 seconds of this, 5ft goes in over a slammin track. My rating may be a little high for a song this short, but it's that good.
*4 out of 5*

4. "Confusion"
Produced by DJ Static

Long time fans would immediately recognize the Lee Oskar sample ("Our Road") and think of Jeru Da Damaja's "Ain't The Devil Happy". Don't worry, Buckshot goes IN on this one like Jeru did in '94 to GREAT results, probably one of Buckshot's top 5 lyrical performances ever. (Speaking of samples, there are quite a few of them on this album and they're all utilized so well.)
*5 out of 5*



5. "That'z the Way Shit Iz" (Buckshot)
Featuring Cocoa Brovaz
Produced by Da Beatminerz

Tek and Steele come though for "hook duty" on this good, apply titied song. When you think of how things in life are, then and now, you come to the conclusion most of the time that "that'z the way shit iz".
*4 out of 5*

6. "Why We Act this Way" (Buckshot)
Featuring Starang Wondah
Produced by Nottz

I'm sure most people have been wondering why many, if not all, artists act the way they do/did, even dating back to hip hop's inception. Buckshot and O.G.C.'s Starang Wondah talk about that in true BCC fashion.
*4 out of 5*

7. "MC Everybody (SKIT)"
Funny skit right here, lol. And yes, it's Buckshot in the "role" of "MC Everybody", lol.

8. "That'z How It Iz"
Produced by Da Beatminerz 

"Keep thinkin it's easy, like all you gotta do is/Spit a hot verse to get on and cop them new whips/Hah, jokes on you kid, you hot on your block/But not off your block, you need to pay more dues kid!" -Buckshot


Those lines above paint an accurate (hip hop) picture of what this song talks about in very good detail, plus the lines were so tight and on point that they had to rewind it back, lol, no doubt. Buckshot and 5ft make the correct claims that when you're in the hip hop game, it not only takes paying dues, but also hard work and dedication (it's not easy of course). A lot of upcoming artists need to hear a song like this because it makes some VERY good points that many of them can learn a lot from, and I won't name any names here, lol.
*5 out of 5*

  
9. "Stoned is THE WAY" (Buckshot)
Produced by Da Beatminerz

"Stoned is the way (of the walk)" is something that most of the members of BCC had been saying since the mid 90s. Overall, another good song here.
*4 out of 5*
10. "Ruck is Dead (SKIT)"

11. "What Would U Do?" (Buckshot)
Featuring Sean Price
Produced by Da Beatminerz

I'm sure songs like this have been done before, however, this is pretty good. Buckshot and Sean P are asking simple yet effective questions (what would you do in certain situations). And yes, in the interest of time, I won't personally answer those questions here, lol.
*5 out of 5*



12. "How We Do It" (Buckshot)
Produced by Kleph Dollaz

This song was another example of Buckshot stepping up his lyrical game.
*4 out of 5*
13. "Where it Goez Wrong" (Buckshot)
Featuring Tek (aka Smokey Lah)
Produced by Da Beatminerz

Buckshot and Tek get somewhat deep on this one, but all it amounts to is another good song in a series of them on this album.
*4 out of 5*

14. "Pressure Iz Tight"
Produced by Da Beatminerz

"Bringin the heat, to these streets/No sleep, pressure iz tight, pressure is deep!" -5ft


Da Beatminerz took the Dramatics classic "Get Up and Get Down" and turned it into a Boot Camp banger. Love this joint.
*5 out of 5*



15. "No Way" (Buckshot)
Featuring Steele
Produced by Da Beatminerz

If you think you're going to get to Buckshot and Steele, two strong willed individuals, you're sadly mistaken. Dope song.
*4 out of 5*

16. "This Goes out To You" (Buckshot)
Featuring Steele
Produced by Coptic and Oshta Hunter

As outlined in the hook, this one goes out to "those who didn't believe they would achieve their goals".  It's about what you would expect.
*4 out of 5*

*17. "Rush" (Buckshot)
Produced by Da Beatminerz

Everyone and everything gets RUSHED by Buckshot in an aggressive fashion on this closing bonus track.
*4 out of 5*



In an interesting story, I honestly don't recall when I initially heard about this album. I believe it was another case of being in my local FYE in either late 2003 or early 2004, and as I was browsing the Rap/Hip Hop section, I ran across the CD and bought it. Overall, this is another damn good album from Black Moon (their 3rd straight one). The production was tight, 5ft came through on the joints he was on, but the star of this show, if you will, was Buckshot. He continued to step his lyrical game up and it showed on this album, much like 1999's "War Zone". As of this posting, they haven't released an album since 2003 and word has it that they're planning on releasing album number four, scheduled to be titled "Dark Side of the Moon", and hopefully it sees the light of day because I'll be checking for it. As far as "Total Eclipse" goes, 4.5 stars is my rating.

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