Filed under: Magazine Vaults,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
This one takes me back. Buckwild was destroying shit in 1995 – just take a look at his resume in the intro – he was messing with the cream of the crop at the time. A few of his finest moments fell victim to induckstry bullshit, relegating masterful compositions such as “Life’s A Bitch (Remix 2)”, “Bring It On (The Lost Remix)” and “You Know Now (Remix)” to promo-only / bootleg status. Not to mention his Rakim sessions or the Tony Bones stuff that never saw the light of day (which reminds me – whatever happened to that kid? He was apparently a graphic designer who worked on stuff like Brand Nubian‘s Foundation album, as well as appearing on the three songs with Mr. Live, but despite all the hype behind this
pale-faced Pom, nothing else ever hit the shelves).
A few years later he attained some commercial acclaim over at Bad Boy with hits like “Whoa” and “I’ve Got A Story To Tell”, but he’s never abandoned that gutter sound, as he’s continued to drop underground winners with Reservoir Dogs, Ruthless Bastards and the Kurrup Money team (who might be the same guys as one of the aforementioned groups).
“The Difference” is a South Bronx sleeper that creeps up and sticks you for your sheepskin/Jordans/iPod (pick your decade), thanks to Buck’s hypnotic, cinematic headcracker of a track. The Dogs’ bring the required tough talk to erase any doubts that this is the official shit right here. I could seriously listen to that beat all day long – it’s depressing and empowering at the same time, which explains why Buck and Finesse clicked so well. Only a chosen few are able to bring that much raw emotion to a beat.
Reservoir Dogs - The Difference (12″, Still Diggin’, 1997)
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