Producer: DJ Evil Dee of Da Beatminerz
Album: Enta da Stage
Label: Nervous

Ronnie Laws' "Tidal Wave" was the basis for the DJ Evil Dee-produced debut record from Black Moon, a trio that included Dee, Buckshot, and 5 ft. Excellerator. The song's blunted Timbs-and-hoodies aesthetic would go on to define the crew's whole catalog, although occasionally with an even less accessible sound. Black Moon were a career-long mean-mug, a humorless, unapologetically underground rap style that stuck out for its darkly monochromatic feel. They also pre-dated many similar acts—Mobb Deep, Wu Tang Clan, etc.—whose street-oriented sounds would completely realign New York into a smoggy atmosphere over the next few years. - David Drake