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Buckshot's back, and he's ready to spray

Considering how extensive Buckshot's career has been, here are five Buckshot tracks you should own or download immediately.

1. "Who Got da Props?," Black Moon. Pure, classic golden era hip-hop, it's the song that put Buckshot and his Brooklyn trio Black Moon on the map. Buckshot's verse showcases the high-energy and chaotic lyricism that epitomized his style in those days.

2. "I Got Cha Opin (Remix)," Black Moon. Featuring a Barry White sample, it was also a minor radio hit off Enta da Stage.

The best little big man in underground hip-hop
The best little big man in underground hip-hop


Buckshot performs on the Paid Dues Tour Saturday, June 8, at Club Cinema, 3251 N. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach. $30. 8 p.m. Call 954-785-5224, or visit

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3. "Military Mindz," Tupac Shakur featuring Buckshot and Smif-n-Wessun. From Tupac's 2002 posthumous album, Better Dayz, it's the fruit of a session Shakur organized in 1996 that was intended to quash coastal rap beef the year before his death.

4. "And So," Boot Camp Clik. Off the 2002 album The Chosen Few from the Brooklyn supergroup, it features Buck at his most focused, furious, and best, asserting his place in the rap pantheon.

5. "Go All Out" video. The intro to the video for this song off The Formula features Buckshot's longtime friend Charlie Murphy explaining the origin of backpack rap via a bit of revisionist history. Worth it for scenes of Buckshot dressed as a Vail ski bum alone.

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