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^ Props to Village Slum on the lens…

If you remember when I first came to this site and created the annual Harbody awards most of you dudes claimed that the word hardbody was ghey. Good thing I knew better than to listen to a bunch of dudes that last saw pussy at their own childbirth.

Rock and Sean P., shit, the entire Boot Camp Clik for that matter, embodies the meaning of the word hardbody through and through. Despite all the trends that have come and gone through the Hip-Hop genre they never changed their style to fit in with the flavor of the day. Boot Camp Clik never went stadium status though and that says they certainly never went pop. Just boom bap, punch you in the mouth, elbow you in the neck, hardbody rap music.

No chaser involved, no sexy bitch or R & B disco shoes on the hook. If you see a chick rolling with the BCC it’s likely she has a shank in her pocket, and these are the white bitches I’m referring to. Don’t even step to the Black broads if you don’t want to get chain snatched. This is just how Boot Camp Clik came into the rap game nearly twenty years ago. What were you doing twenty years ago?

I reminisced yesterday on DipSet and I always talk about my love for the Wu-Tang Clan, but what other rap collective has been on their grind since damn near 1989? Through the good times and the lean years Boot Camp Clik has maintained their solidarity and more importantly, their ability to make good fucking music. Sean Price has continued to excel since the underground classic ‘Monkey Barz’ dropped. Producers also get their shine from the Beatminerz to 9th Wonder and fellow Justus League member Khrysis.

The underground isn’t just alive, it’s economically viable for artists provided the fans show respect and support. I remember talking to Dru Ha the co-founder of the legendary Duck Down Records alongside the B.D.I. Buckshot Shorty. He said that for years the Boot Camp Clik shirked the designation of being “backpackers” because the BCC aesthetic was too grimey. But Dru Ha now fully embraces the categorization as a “dirty backpacker”. As time rolls on we see that the Boot Camp Clik was the only collective with the talent and the determination to make backpacker rap the most official Hip-Hop sub-genre.

I remember my Nervous Records maxi-single for ‘Who Got The Props’ that I played in my Sony cassette Walkman until the tape popped. I repaired that shit with scotch tape as well as the headphones (several times). I had the super official Wilderness Experience bookbag and the crispiest ‘Lo stadium series rugby jerseys. My sneaker of choice was either the Air Tech Challenge (Agassis) or the Air Trainer SC (Bo Jacksons). The only jeans you was allowed to wear back then was Girbaud, or maybe Guess.

That is where I am transported when I see Buckshot Shorty hit the stage bouncing from one corner to the other. I’m still here doing what it do. I’m thankful that the Boot Camp Clik is too.

  • Pierzy

    Boot Camp is one of the best! When you think rugged, you think of those dudes.

    Dallas, you have a favorite Boot Camp song? I’m going with “And So” – I used to play that for days…

    • http://www.datpiff.com/Dont_Panic_Entertainment_Max_Profit_The_Drugs_Ar.m44293.html Max Profit

      BuckShot is one of the most underated MCs of all time.

  • OG Matt Herbz

    Yo, DP, help a brotha out.

    I got Black Moon’s Enta Da Stage, and I got Smif N Wessun’s Dah Shinin.

    I’m not sure where I should go from here, but I’ve rocked the above joints for a while and I’m open to delving into the BCC archives.

    Do us a favor and give us like a BCC manual. Like where do you come from, where do you go. Hook it up.

    –OG Matt Herbz–

    • Lowedwn

      O.G.C’s “Da Storm” is a must, then Cocoa B’z “Rude Awakening”.

      • Re-yo

        Not sure if you missed it, but
        Boot Camp Clik – “The Last Stand” is dope also.

        As far as old shit, def. that OGC & the 1st BCC – “For The People”

  • Eggo

    Word! BCC is a perfect representation of what NY Hip Hop sounds like. Dark, grimey and you bob your head to it while strong arming the next guy for his wallet.

  • JCITYHUSTLA617

    I WAS JUST BUMPIN COCOA BROVAZ THE RUDE AWAKENING LP LASTNIGHT SHITS TIGHT

  • Lotron

    “My sneaker of choice was either the Air Tech Challenge (Agassis) or the Air Trainer SC (Bo Jacksons).”

    Lies…you has on chukkahs.

    Buck does not get brought up enough in discussions of the best to ever. He’s in my top 10 somewhere. But my top 10 looks like no other, I’m sure.

    Toss up between:
    Buck ‘Em Down
    Sound Bwoy Burial

    Matt, if you’re not at Heltah Skeltah, get there…

  • Dallas Penn

    Pierzy what up?!?

    Lefleur Leflah Eshkoshka gets the party hype every time. EARLY.

    Matt,
    The joints you need for BCC 101 are Enta Da Stage, Da’ Shinin’, Da’ Storm and Heltah Skeltah’s Nocturnal.

    From there pick up Heltah Skeltah’s Magnum Force and Cocoa B’s Rude Awakening.

    As a general rule you need to copp anything Sean Price is on.

    • Pierzy

      DP, what’s good — much respect for donating a drop to a real underground group that never gets enough love but always keeps it raw!

  • JCITYHUSTLA617

    CANT FORGET THAT BUCKSHOT AND 9TH WONDER JOINT

    • $ykotic

      I stay burning that “Go All Out” video w/Charlie Murphy. And the one with Kalib is smooth too.

      Don’t forget OGC! “No Fear”

      Lefleur is the fave. “Opin” is the classic.

  • JCITYHUSTLA617

    SMIFF N WESSIN WAS ILL 2 B4 THE NAME CHANGE AND AFTER FUCK THAT IMA COP THAT GENERAL STEELE PRESENTS WELCOME TO BUCKTOWN USA

    • JCITYHUSTLA617

      I GET CONFUSED WAS IT COCOA BROVAZ OR SMIF N WESSIN THAT CHANGED THEIR NAME 2 HELTHA SKELTHA?

      • JCITYHUSTLA617

        OH DAMN IM WAY OFF I REMEMBER NOW SMIF N WESSIN CHANGED THEIR NAME 2 COCOA BROVAZ SO SMIF AND WESSIN THE GUN COMPANY WOULDNT SUE THEM………SORRY FOR CONFUSING YALL LOL

      • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

        Heltah Skeltah is Ruck & Rock. Smif N Wessun had to change the name because the actual gun company tried to sue them. Smif N Wessun is Tek n Steele/Cocoa Brovaz.

        • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

          @ JCITY

          We must’ve been typing @ the same time, lol.

        • JCITYHUSTLA617

          THANKS FOR TRYIN 2 CLARIFY THAT FOR ME THOUGH

  • Chris Cash

    Ok this is where young Texas nigga’s get lost,and yes Im ashamed of that.

    I will most definatley look into some of there work.

    • $ykotic

      That’s why you gotta love the ‘net. You can swap regional cuts with dudes and expand those mp3 files.

    • Re-yo

      Yo cop anything w/Sean Price’s name on it.

  • JCITYHUSTLA617

    2 TURNTABLES AND A MIC…….MIC……..ONE DOPE MC ON THE SET…….SET…………THAT WAS MY SHIT BLACK MOON WAS DOPE 2

  • http://www.myspace.com/fastlifearchitects miles archer

    Yo, Magnum Force was my shit for awhile. I was just knockin that the other day. The joint wit Method Man on it.
    Rock blacked the fuck out on that.

    Miles Archer

    • El Tico Loco

      “Fuck Batman and Robin I’m robbin niggaz with a Bat man” that was the shit.

  • JCITYHUSTLA617

    ANYBODY REMEMBER THAT SUPER BROOKLYN SONG WITH THE SUPERMARIO BEAT? THAT SHIT WAS NICE

  • El Tico Loco

    Wasn’t Biggie’s “Warning” a subliminal at BCC?
    “The niggas up the hill up in Brownsville that you roll dice with … yeah my nigga Fame up in Prospect … /I didnt say them”. Add the Pac co sign to that, if I’m wrong let me know something.

    • Chris

      That was M.O.P. he was talking about, and not in a bad way…

      • El Tico Loco

        “Thank Fame for warnin me cuz I’m warnin u”

        my point exact do the math.

  • JCITYHUSTLA617

    LIL FAME FROM M.O.P MAYBE IDK BUT IM JUST GONNA SIT BACK AND THINK ABOUT WHAT THAT ONE NATION ALBUM WITH PAC BUCKSHOT AND NAS WOULD HAVE SOUNDED LIKE

    • El Tico Loco

      Well MOP’s from Brownsville, and even though some BCC members are from Crown Heights they claim Brownsville, when Big brought up Fame in the song the altered voice said “I didn’t them” meaning not Fame but someone else. I’m just sayin.

    • latino heat

      there’s an unofficial version of that One Nation album on Limewire. it’s called 2 Pac presents One Nation (Boot Camp). i don’t know what it sounds like, my patna downloaded it for me and i have it on my Zune but i haven’t listened to it. it’s 11 cuts though, you might want to check it out.

  • JCITYHUSTLA617

    LOL THE ALTERED VOICE WAS A YOUNG P.DIDDY….BUT YOU CAN NEVER B 2 SURE WITH BIGGIE HE SENT ALOT OF SUBLIMINALS ALOT THAT MIGHT HAVE GONE OVER SOME HEADS

  • geico lizard

    “Good thing I knew better than to listen to a bunch of dudes that last saw pussy at their own childbirth.”

    ^
    That was so uncalled for Dallas Penn but also very true.

  • http://dailymathematics.blogspot.com Combat Jack

    Hardbody, Girbauds, really on some BK ’90′s all day ish.

  • latino heat

    do ya’ll remember when Ruck and Rock had a falling out with the rest of the crew a few years back though? i’m glad they worked shit out. one of the doppest, and by far the most underrated crew ever.

  • deiko

    Six feet deep in the creek is the only good song in hip hop.

  • El Tico Loco

    Was anyone ever checkin for OGC? Is always about Heltah Skeltah, Smif N Wessun, and Black Moon.

  • JCITYHUSTLA617

    I COPPED THAT OGC THE STORM ALBUM USED FOR $6 FROM NEWBURY COMICS BEST $6 I EVER SPENT

  • latino heat

    i got a question, where the fuck is 5 FT.? locked up again? D.P. if you know help me out.

    • $ykotic

      Shouts to Williamsburg PJ’s!

      Last time I heard he was supposed to be out. But that was 2k7.

  • DV8

    ahhh the days of JanSports,Cunstruction Timbs, and Jean Shorts. BCC 4 Life!!!!!!!!!

  • BIGNAT

    “If you see a chick rolling with the BCC it’s likely she has a shank in her pocket, and these are the white bitches I’m referring to. Don’t even step to the Black broads if you don’t want to get chain snatched.” LMAO I NEED TO HIT UP ONE OF THERE SHOWS GET ME A RIDE OR DIE SNOWFLAKE

  • joey

    real rap on xxl? thanks dallas.

  • DANJA29

    props to whoever had the ‘who got the props’ cassingle.

    are we gonna fukk it up? yo it’s fukked up!

  • Beast McCoy

    After all the classics they made from Black Moon’s “Who Got Da Props” to Heltah Skeltah’s Operation Lockdown” To the Fab 5 on “Lefleur Leflah Eskoshka” they’ve earned the respect and admiration of most people in my generation who loved that Dirty New York Sound.

  • esso out the UK

    what the fuck did BCC drop in 89?! Black Moon debuted in 91/92.
    also, Biggie did both voices on ‘Warning’ and as it wasnt aimed at BCC. That beef came later on after some comments in a magaznie and a fight at D&D.

  • http://callmephlip.blogspot.com/ Phlip

    Generally, the only BCC album I avoid is Black Moon’s “War Zone,” I can generally put any one of them on in the car and ride out… In fact,I put ALL of the Sean Price albums and mixtapes on a couple MP3 discs this morning before riding in to work.
    I can’t listen to Magnum Force as much as I did when it was new, and it is not from lack of effort on my part. I listen to D.I.R.T. when I work out, I love that album.

  • http://www.myspace.com/emcdlthemusicprofile EmCDL

    BCC is raw as hell but I didn’t really get into them until I heard Sean Price’s “Jesus Price Superstar” and I bought that when I was in Iraq out of curiosity…shit is tight as hell. Ever since then I’ve been tryna get whatever they put out as well as De La Soul and Slum Village stuff. Sean P raw as fuck!

  • patrick

    I GOT ALL THAT BCC & DUCKDOWN SHIT ON MY IPOD EVEN THEIR SOLO ALBUMS!!! BCC 4 LIFE!!! MFC 4 LIFE!!! DUCKDOWN 4 LIFE!!!