Composed of members Buckshot, 5ft, and DJ Evil Dee, Black Moon
simultaneously kicked off and defined the rap renaissance of New York
with the release of Enta Da Stage in 1993. Whereas plenty of earlier
groups had spit rage-filled rhymes to tear down the world's unjust
establishments, no one had evoked brooding pathos or introspective
anger quite like Black Moon. Underground hip-hop might have been
dominated by the sunny sound of G-Funk when Enta Da Stage
dropped, but from then on the scene turned to the dark side. Black
Moon was rising.
Working closely with the original members, Fat Beats Records is proud
to present the definitive Enta Da Stage box set. Reissued together for
the first time across three formats - 6xLP, 3xCD, and 3xCassette -
this album is the complete encapsulation of an era for anyone seeking
to understand the origin and the essence of New York's Golden
Age. All formats include the Da Beatminerz (Evil Dee and Mr. Walt)
instrumentals and remixes, plus extensive liner notes by David Ma
(Pitchfork, Wax Poetics) with rare and unreleased visual ephemera in
an 18 page booklet. The story of Black Moon, alongside their peers
Biggie, Big L, Nas, Kool G Rap, and Wu Tang, reminds us that the
bleakest times produce the most profound agents of cultural change.
And as we stand at the precipice of a new age of anxiety, Enta Da
Stage has never been more relevant... or more necessary.
Although Black Moon would go on to release three more albums - and
its members would go on to greatness with Da Beatminerz, Boot Camp
Klik, and various solo projects - Enta Da Stage remains the perfect
distillation of tight lyrical menace, rowdy crew hooks, stripped down
breaks, and deep basslines on all of its fourteen tracks. Although Enta
Da Stage might stand in the shadow of East Coast albums such as
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Illmatic, Liquid Swords, Ready to
Die, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, and The Infamous, history will remember
that Enta Da Stage preceded those releases. To understand Enta Da
Stage is to understand the origin and the spirit of New York hip-hop
once and for all.