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Black MoonAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (March 16, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Priority Records
  • ASIN: B00000HZGJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,220 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. The Onslaught
3. War Zone
4. That Is What It Sounds Like (Worldwind)
5. Freestyle
6. Five (Interlude)
7. For All Ya'll
8. Come Get Some
9. Weight Of The World
10. Evil Dee Is On The Mix
11. Showdown
12. One-Two
13. Frame
14. Buckshot (Interlude)
15. Two Turntables & A Mic
16. Annihiliation
17. Duress
18. Throw Your Hands In The Air
19. Outro

Editorial Reviews

The "sophomore jinx" is any critically acclaimed artist's greatest fear: you've had your whole life to come up with your first album; do you have it in you to follow it up just a year or two later? However, for Buckshot, 5ft. and DJ Evil Dee, add publicized legal battles with their former label and surmounting anticipation since 1993's classic debut, Enta da Stage, to their list of worries. On War Zone, the trio also known as Black Moon continues with the roles it defined on its first album: Buckshot as the dominant rhyme slayer, 5ft. playing second lyricist, and Evil Dee and Da Beatminerz handling the production duties. "Onslaught" is the album's powerful opener, and it pairs Buckshot's matured but still ferocious lyrical flow with the always-powerful Busta Rhymes on the hook. (Other guests include A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip, Heather B, and the Cocoa Brovaz.) In its entirety, War Zone lacks the energy of the group's debut, but tracks such as "War Zone" and "Anialation" (which pairs 5ft. with M.O.P.) prove that the sophomore jinx didn't land on Black Moon. --Celine Wong


War Zone uses slower tempos, and Buck and 5 Ft. have lost their stick-up-kid mentalities. They're still hardcore, but their perspectives on life have changed. -- Vibe

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST LYRICAL ASSAULT SINCE MAKAVELI'S 7 DAY THEORY September 13, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's good to finally hear an album that's not centered on image(Jay-Z), fake thugs(DMX) and just plain horrible music(Master P). Black Moon not only arouses your eardrums, they also stimulate the brain. The lyrics are deep, and the beats are the best out there. Buckshot is the illest rapper since Tupac.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Black Moon brings the War Zone!! December 24, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I was never a big follower of Black Moon or Smif N Wessun previously but after hearing this CD I may have to go back and see what I might have missed. I actually purchased this based on other reviews and opinions I had heard. I didn't have a chance to hear it in a listening station and definitely not on local radio. I was also impressed with the small number of guest appearances. Throughout the entire CD it keeps a Black Moon feel and does not take on the guests style.
My first impression was that these beats are some of the funkiest, raw tracks I have heard lately. Rather than rely on well polished production or R&B type tracks, Black Moon comes with pure underground hard driving bass, drums and vocals sprinkled with effects throughout. Song after song had me noddin' my head and repeating the selection. While lyrically they are not at the top of any list, their delivery and style more than makes up for any verbal weakness. Songs like Weight Of The World, War Zone, Freestyle, This Is What It Sounds Like (Worldwind) and Come Get Some are close to musical perfection. With the exception of a few songs, Two Turntables & A Mic, most contain little or rare samples. Musically there are few low points on War Zone.
The only disappointment for me was the lyrical content. Constant reinforcement of how hard they are, or references to guns could have been reduced in my opinion. While Buckshot may have a gun-related name, his lyrical ability is obvious and it would be nice to see him try an expand his approach. The vocal play between Buckshot, 5 FT and Evil Dee is a good example of how a crew can work together and still have their own styles.
You won't be hearing this on any commercial radio stations but this is definitely a CD to pick up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tight Album from Buckshot & the boys October 13, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Black Moon came strong on this album. Whereas most hip-hop acts either fall apart or sell out by their sophomore effort, these guys cranked it up & out. The first track, "Onslaught," is the album's weakest--thanks to an appearance by the insufferable Busta Rhymes--but even it ain't bad. The rest of the tracks are solid, and Buckshot & the Beatminerz drop some certified gems in "Whirlwind," "Freestyle," and "Two Turntables and a Mic."
This joint, along with Def Squad's "El Nino" and Outkast's "Aquemini," is most definitely a '98 classic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is a treat. July 11, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
In 1993, Black Moon released Enter The Stage, which was a classic album. Then, they released a sophomore album, Diggin' In Da Vaults. Both albums are classic material and never got good recognition. That is strange to me, though, because these albums really do seem to have appeal, they just aren't commercial. Now, they release War Zone, a really great album that I believe is better than they're first.
First of all, Buckshot is at his best on every song. DJ Evil Dee and 5FT make some good contributions, but this album is really all about Buckshot. He stars on most of the album. "The Onslaught" features Busta Rhymes and Buckshot and Busta really bring energy to the track, and that doesn't mention the hot beat supplied by none other than Da Beatminerz. "This Is What It Sounds Like(Worldwind)", is the best track by far, though. It uses the Cobra-flute sample which really is interesting and helps the song flow. Yet the lyrical performance from Buckshot is what makes the song my favorite. It is amazing, and I was so happy to see the video, but I've only seen it once. I liked it a lot, though. "Freestyle" is amazing and shows Buckshot's lyrical creativity. "For All Ya'll" is a showcase for 5FT, and it features Heather B. The good thing about this album is the guests don't dominate but compliment. "Showdown", which features Q-Tip, has a killer beat and great lyrics. I also love tracks like "Two Turntables And A Mic", "Come Get Some"(featuring Louieville Sluggah from O.G.C.), "One-Two", "Frame"(with Cocoa Brovaz), and "Throw Your Hands In The Air". It is a hands-on experience.
To conclude my review, I love this album. I loved hearing Kurupt and Buckshot trade verses on Kurupt's album, too. I hope Buckshot gets supported so he can make more albums.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zoned Out September 17, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Black Moon hiatus of five years return with their sophomore release, War Zone with results almost as good as their debut. Buckshot, Evil Dee & 5 Ft. relied on the production of previous producers, Da Beatminerz to create the foundation for the group. Busta Rhymes helped out on the hook on "The Onslaught". The title track contains a track with space effects and sounds where Buckshot and 5 Ft. take the war to their enemy's front door. "This Is What It Sounds Like" has ancient sounds and feels that's nearly calming and laid back. Asking competitors to war with "Come Get Some" featuring Louieville Sluggah of O.G.C. as Buckshot enters with two shots. On to a more hypnotic track on "Weight of the World" as the Moon maintains on their struggles and life experiences. If lyrics is what you miss, "One-Two" is a good example over a sample that emphases the grimy rhymes of Black Moon. They take it back to the old school with "Two Turntables & A Mic". This is probably the only or almost commercial appeal. "Annihilation" featuring M.O.P & Teflon was just that to add to the war theme of the album. Prepare yourself to entering the War Zone if you're aiming for the stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing the heavy artillery to the War Zone
Black Moon's second release "Warzone" brought changes along with it....Buckshot dropping the "Shorty" from his name, the record label change to Priority Records, the absence of... Read more
Published on January 3, 2006 by Solution
5.0 out of 5 stars War Zone
No Sophomore release here just some pure hardcore hip hop.These beats are the defination of banging and the Lyrics are directly on point. Read more
Published on September 14, 2004 by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing CD
Amazing CD, every song is good. Good beats by dj evil dee and amazing lyrics by buckshot.
Published on October 25, 2003 by weed man
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is the best from the BCC yet!!!!!!!!
I listen to this album like everyday, on this album everyone should the cuts One-Two, Frame, Annilation, Duress and all of the other sizzling tracks on this piece!!!!
Published on October 11, 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars Some tight joints, and a whole lotta tracks.
Blackmoon really came with it on their sophomore album. Two t-tables and a mic should be getting crazy airtime, but Blackmoon ain't down with that. Read more
Published on September 1, 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars Although a classic a group, the CD: OVERATED!!
First and foremost I must be in agreement with the beats. Initially, if the beat does not grab me, I am reluctant to listen to the words. Read more
Published on June 25, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Sophomore Album
War Zone is a good sophomore album, but it is not as good as Enta Da Stage. But, I don't think anyone really expected it to be either. This CD features several slammin songs. Read more
Published on May 22, 1999 by Lynn Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars buckshot is at his best in the " jiggy-era" of hip-hop.
a long-time fan of black moon, I happen to find the new black moon album entitled "war zone" to be the return of the "timbos and hoodies" type of rap. Read more
Published on May 9, 1999
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