Black Moon's Buckshot, DJ Evil Dee & 5 FT Detail "Who Got Da Props?" Creation

DJ Evil Dee says he had to mix "Who Got Da Props?" when the song's engineer gave up on the record.

As part of Black Moon: The Beginning, a new documentary released the week of the twentieth anniversary of Black Moon’s debut album, Enta Da Stage, all three members of the Brooklyn-based group have detailed their early history, specifically the process of creating their single “Who Got Da Props?”

According to 5 FT, it was through dance that those in the group were first able to connect at New York City’s Polar Express.

“Polar Express, that’s where all the dancers used to come and get busy, but that’s what really enabled us and helped us to make the crossover from dancing to being emcees touching this mic,” said the rapper.

From their meeting at Polar Express, Buckshot says it was through the help of Chuck Chillout and Nervous Records that the group was able to jumpstart their music career as members of Black Moon. Buckshot also commented on the making of “Who Got Da Props?” a song he says served as his first time formatting a record.

“Our beginning started when Chuck Chillout introduced us to Nervous Records," Buckshot said. "The first time that I had to actually write to the music, to ‘Who Got Da Props?’ me, Evil Dee, and 5 FT, we wrote that in Chuck Chillout’s house. Before we got our deal. We didn’t have ‘Who Got Da Props?’ Well, we didn’t record ‘Who Got Da Props?’ I knew how to make joints, but I didn’t know how to make a record. So, that was the first time that I actually sat down and thought about formatting and stuff like that. And that’s the reason why the record is so—the lyrics are so choppy.”

DJ Evil Dee, the producer of “Who Got Da Props?” also shared his take on the creation of the song and revealed the details of why exactly the song came to be both produced and mixed by him.

“When we was doing ‘Who Got Da Props?’ right? I’m not gonna name the engineer’s name,” Evil Dee said. “Now, I know how I want this record to sound. So, I’m telling homeboy, ‘Yo, I want to do this, this, and this to it. I want this to sound like this.’ And he’s like ‘Yo. No, I want to do it my way.’ So, we arguing back and forth. [Finally], this dude goes, ‘You know what? Fuck that. You know everything Evil Dee? You go to the board and do it yourself.’ ‘Who Got Da Props?’ was mixed by yours truly.”

Formed in the early '90s, Black Moon have gone on to release five studio projects, among them the 1996 compilation album Diggin’ In Dah Vaults. The trio’s last project, Alter The Chemistry, was released in 2006.

In addition to their Enta Da Stage 20th anniversary performance at South By Southwest at the top of the year, Black Moon is scheduled celebrate the milestone with a performance at Duck Down Music’s CMJ showcase today (October 16). Tickets to the showcase, which will also feature performances from Talib Kweli and Sean Price, can be purchased via Ticketmaster.

Black Moon: The Beginnings from Duck Down Music Inc. on Vimeo.

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6 Comments

  • What

    Yo man i use to blast that every day all day, that real hip hop right there, niggaz dont make those kind of music no more

  • blackula

    5 Fters hands ashy as hell...lmao. Looks like he dipped his fists in a bag of flour before the interview.

  • Anonymous

    Wish I was in NY to attend, would be like being in a time-machine, I grew up listening to what is now known as backpack-emcees/music. Shit was real because I'm from BK and would see Buckshot,Sean price, Rock, all those dudes all the time so I felt like they was living that life. Not riding around in rented cars and rented jewelry, Buckshot would hop the turn-style like any other New Yorker and be on the train like it's nothing.

    • Anonymous

      Son most of the rappers from brooklyn back in the day use to hop the train, didnt have rented car and fake jewelry, they get it real guttter back then, i use to hang with half them niggaz

    • Anonymous

      Broke? lol, you don't know and ain't gotta clue. Riding the train meant you were real, in tune with your surroundings, no thinking you're better than others, wasn't scared of the thieves who recon the train cars. You must of came around in the shiny suit era and not from NY, millionaires ride the train every single day. You don't need a car to get around NYC. Thanks for letting us know you feed into the stereotypes son.

    • Anonymous

      i rapper without a ride is like being a broke rapper....

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