|Birth name||Anthony Best|
|Born||The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States|
|Occupations||Music producer, DJ|
|Instruments||Keyboard, Sampler, Drum machine|
|Associated acts||Diggin' in the Crates Crew|
Anthony Best, professionally known as Buckwild, is an American hip hop music producer from The Bronx borough of New York City. Initially embarking on his music career as a disc jockey (DJ), Buckwild began producing after meeting fellow producer Lord Finesse. He later joined Finesse's supergroup, Diggin' in the Crates Crew, along with Showbiz and A.G., Diamond D, Fat Joe, Big L and brought O.C. with him. His first released production came in 1993, the posse-cut "Shit Is Real (You Can't Front)" featuring Diamond D, Lord Finesse and Sadat X; a B-side to Diamond & The Psychotic Neurotics's "!*! What U Heard".
Life and career
His first major exposure came when he produced the majority of O.C.'s 1994 underground classic Word...Life, most notably the single "Time's Up". The same year, he produced 3 songs for Organized Konfusion's second album Stress: The Extinction Agenda, as well as a track for Brand Nubian's Everything Is Everything album. He also produced 3 songs for Artifacts on their 1994 album Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Buck continued his exposure in 1995, producing on a number of hailed underground albums, including Big L's Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous, AZ's Doe Or Die, Kool G Rap's 4,5,6, and Mic Geronimo's The Natural. He also became known for being one of the most active remixers in hip-hop music at the time, remixing singles for Guru, Beastie Boys/Q-Tip, Channel Live/KRS-One, Kool Keith and many others.
In the mid-to-late 1990s, he produced for and remixed artists like Akinyele, Tha Alkaholiks, Beastie Boys, Big Pun, Show & AG, Lord Finesse, Brand Nubian, Capone-N-Noreaga, Diamond D, Ma$e, Fat Joe, Jay-Z, Memphis Bleek, Nas, O.C., Organized Konfusion, Sadat X, Grand Puba, Mad Skillz and The Notorious B.I.G.. In 2001 he produced 12 of 15 songs on OC's third album Bon Appetit. Perhaps his most famous beat came in 2000, with Black Rob's hit single "Whoa!".
In 1996, Buckwild appeared on the Red Hot Organization's compilation CD, America is Dying Slowly, alongside Biz Markie, Wu-Tang Clan, and Fat Joe, among many other prominent hip hop artists. The CD, meant to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic among African American men, was heralded as "a masterpiece" by The Source magazine.
Kurrup Money, Inc. which is the name of a collective of rappers that the producer has taken under his wing. The group consists of Murder Cap, Mello, Mal, Shakes, D-Lux and H-Mob; in 2003 they released their debut mixtape Hard 4 The Streets which featured production by Buckwild on 8 of the 20 songs.
In 2007, Ground Floor Recordings issued an official double CD worth of Buckwild's rare remixes and productions recorded between 1993 and 1997, Diggin' In The Crates (Rare Studio Masters 1993-1997). Shortly after Tampa MC Celph Titled reached out to the producer with an idea to create a concept album, featuring new vocals by Celph Titled and guests over unheard and previously unreleased Buckwild beats dating back to the period between 1994 and 1995. The result is the album Nineteen Ninety Now which was released through No Sleep Recordings in November 2010 to great critical acclaim.
- Still Diggin' Composition EP (1998)
- Diggin' In The Crates (Rare Studio Masters 1993-1997) (2007)
- Nineteen Ninety Now w/ Celph Titled (October 26, 2010)
- Buckwild Presents... EP (November 16, 2010)
- Nineteen Ninety More w/ Celph Titled (November 8, 2011)
- Silk Pyramids w/Meyhem Lauren (May 27, 2014)
- Pure Righteousness : Interview with Buckwild, published in Egotrip in 1995
- D-Bless interview about working with Buckwild