Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
The "sophomore jinx" is any critically acclaimed artist's greatest fear: you've had your whole life to come up with your first album; do you have it in you to follow it up just a year or two later? However, for Buckshot, 5... more »
The "sophomore jinx" is any critically acclaimed artist's greatest fear: you've had your whole life to come up with your first album; do you have it in you to follow it up just a year or two later? However, for Buckshot, 5ft. and DJ Evil Dee, add publicized legal battles with their former label and surmounting anticipation since 1993's classic debut, Enta da Stage, to their list of worries. On War Zone, the trio also known as Black Moon continues with the roles it defined on its first album: Buckshot as the dominant rhyme slayer, 5ft. playing second lyricist, and Evil Dee and Da Beatminerz handling the production duties. "Onslaught" is the album's powerful opener, and it pairs Buckshot's matured but still ferocious lyrical flow with the always-powerful Busta Rhymes on the hook. (Other guests include A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip, Heather B, and the Cocoa Brovaz.) In its entirety, War Zone lacks the energy of the group's debut, but tracks such as "War Zone" and "Anialation" (which pairs 5ft. with M.O.P.) prove that the sophomore jinx didn't land on Black Moon. --Celine Wong
BEST LYRICAL ASSAULT SINCE MAKAVELI'S 7 DAY THEORY
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's good to finally hear an album that's not centered on image(Jay-Z), fake thugs(DMX) and just plain horrible music(Master P). Black Moon not only arouses your eardrums, they also stimulate the brain. The lyrics are deep, and the beats are the best out there. Buckshot is the illest rapper since Tupac."
Black Moon brings the War Zone!!
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was never a big follower of Black Moon or Smif N Wessun previously but after hearing this CD I may have to go back and see what I might have missed. I actually purchased this based on other reviews and opinions I had heard. I didn't have a chance to hear it in a listening station and definitely not on local radio. I was also impressed with the small number of guest appearances. Throughout the entire CD it keeps a Black Moon feel and does not take on the guests style. My first impression was that these beats are some of the funkiest, raw tracks I have heard lately. Rather than rely on well polished production or R&B type tracks, Black Moon comes with pure underground hard driving bass, drums and vocals sprinkled with effects throughout. Song after song had me noddin' my head and repeating the selection. While lyrically they are not at the top of any list, their delivery and style more than makes up for any verbal weakness. Songs like Weight Of The World, War Zone, Freestyle, This Is What It Sounds Like (Worldwind) and Come Get Some are close to musical perfection. With the exception of a few songs, Two Turntables & A Mic, most contain little or rare samples. Musically there are few low points on War Zone. The only disappointment for me was the lyrical content. Constant reinforcement of how hard they are, or references to guns could have been reduced in my opinion. While Buckshot may have a gun-related name, his lyrical ability is obvious and it would be nice to see him try an expand his approach. The vocal play between Buckshot, 5 FT and Evil Dee is a good example of how a crew can work together and still have their own styles. You won't be hearing this on any commercial radio stations but this is definitely a CD to pick up."
A Tight Album from Buckshot & the boys
"Francis" M. H. | Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A. | 10/13/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Black Moon came strong on this album. Whereas most hip-hop acts either fall apart or sell out by their sophomore effort, these guys cranked it up & out. The first track, "Onslaught," is the album's weakest--thanks to an appearance by the insufferable Busta Rhymes--but even it ain't bad. The rest of the tracks are solid, and Buckshot & the Beatminerz drop some certified gems in "Whirlwind," "Freestyle," and "Two Turntables and a Mic." This joint, along with Def Squad's "El Nino" and Outkast's "Aquemini," is most definitely a '98 classic."