Buckshot

Buckshot (born Kenyatta Blake in Brooklyn, New York) is an underground rapper, famous as the leader of Hip Hop supergroup Boot Camp Clik, and the group Black Moon. He has released one solo album, two with producer 9th Wonder, four albums with Black Moon and four albums with the Boot Camp Clik.

Raised in Brownsville, Brooklyn, Buckshot a.k.a. Buckshot Shorty, began rapping in neighborhood rhyming ciphers. In high school, he befriended 5ft, DJ Evil Dee and Mr. Walt, who would evolve into the super production team Da Beatminerz.

In 1992, Buckshot, 5ft and DJ Evil Dee, formed Black Moon. The trio released the single, "Who Got Da Props?" in 1993, which reached #86 on the Billboard Top 100 charts, landing them a recording deal with Nervous Records. Later that year, Black Moon released their first full-length album, Enta Da Stage to positive critical acclaim.

The album featured appearances by Havoc of Mobb Deep, as well as future Boot Camp Clik members, Tek and Steele of Smif N Wessun.

In 1994, with Dru-Ha, the two left Nervous Records and formed Duck Down Management. That same year, Buckshot signed and oversaw the creation of Smif N' Wessun's debut album Dah Shinin', as well as adding Heltah Skeltah (Ruck a.k.a. Sean Price, and Rock) and O.G.C.: Originoo Gunn Clappa (Starang Wondah, Top Dog, and Louieville Sluggah) to Duck Down's roster. During the summer, Buckshot took part in the collaboration the Crooklyn Dodgers (Buckshot, Masta Ace and Special Ed), releasing a single by the same name, on the soundtrack of Spike Lee's, Crooklyn.

Officially titled Duck Down Entaprizez in 1996, Buckshot, Dru-Ha and Smif N Wessun began work with 2Pac on the unreleased album One Nation. During this time Buckshot was dubbed, "The BDI Thug" by 2Pac.

March 1997 marked a milestone in Duck Down history. The collective of: Buckshot, Smif N Wessun (Tek and Steele), Heltah Skeltah (Ruck a.k.a. Sean Price and Rock), and O.G.C.: Originoo Gunn Clappaz (Starang Wondah, Top Dog and Louieville Sluggah) formed the super group, The Boot Camp Clik, who released their debut album, For the People. A remix of "Night Riders" was recorded featuring Aaliyah, but the single was never released, due to conflicts between record labels.

In 1999 Black Moon released their second album, War Zone. It was their first full-length album in more than 5 years. Featuring guest appearances from Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, M.O.P., Heather B. and produced by Da Beatminerz, the album sold over 200,000 units and was met with strong reviews. Buckshot's solo album, The BDI Thug, was released later that year but to mediocre reviews.

In July 2002, Duck Down ended its two year search for a new distribution deal, inking a three year contract with Koch Distribution. Boot Camp Clik released their second full-length album, The Chosen Few. The album sold over 60,000 copies, making it one of Duck Down's most successful releases. In 2004, Black Moon returned with Total Eclipse. The album peaked at #47 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Charts and ranked #23 for independent albums.

Buckshot and 9th Wonder (Little Brother and Justus League) collaborated to release Chemistry in summer 2005 to positive reviews. Duck Down also released Smif N Wessun's Reloaded and Sean Price's Monkey Barz.

Boot Camp Clik returned in summer 2006 with The Last Stand. With an all-star cast of producers (Pete Rock, Da Beatminerz, 9th Wonder, Large Professor, Marco Polo, Ill Mind, Coptic, Sic Beats and Ken BB), it was a critical success and marked the return of the entire Boot Camp Clik for the first time in several years. In addition, Black Moon released, Alter The Chemistry. Laced with 70's influenced rhythms and samples it takes a new approach to Buckshot and 9th Wonder's, Chemistry.

In September 2008, Buckshot was hospitalized after suffering a series of seizures. His partner, Dru-Ha, said he had just returned from a three-week tour through Europe prior to the episodes. After a short hospitalization, he was released and returned to performing and recording.

Buckshot and KRS-ONE also released an album together, called Survival Skills, on September 15th, 2009 on Duck Down Records. Its first single "Robot", produced by Havoc, was released on iTunes on May 5, 2009.

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Single: Go All Out (starts at 2:00)

15 Response to "Buckshot"

  1. Very good. Showing support.

    good article :p

    This one I've heard before, good stuff.

    Brendan says:

    great group!

    KUSHtunes says:

    i like it. gonna check out some more of his stuff.

    Charlie Murphy is to much man hahahaha

    Pretty cool sound! I didn't know KRS-ONE was still active...

    Good stuff, love the articles you put on this blog.

    Joefiss says:

    Great article as always, buckshot is always appreciated.

    Isaac says:

    I need a rapper name, Cool guy perhaps

    MacAttack says:

    i like it!!

    not to bad. has more of an old school feel.

    he's iite. idk tho :/.

    Wow, most underground rappers sound a little forced to me, but this is sick

    jgarceau says:

    This blog is awesome! Underground rap is the only truly artistic form of rap nowadays a lot of rap artists have sold their integrity for that spot on MTV

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