Da Beatminerz

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Da Beatminerz
Origin Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York
Genres Hip Hop
Years active 1992–present
Labels Rawkus Records
Copter Records
Associated acts Black Moon, Boot Camp Clik, Afu-Ra, Krumbsnatcha
Members Mr. Walt
DJ Evil Dee
Past members Baby Paul
Rich Blak
Chocolate Ty

Da Beatminerz are a hip-hop production crew from Bushwick, Brooklyn, and are known for their dark, gritty sound that is very popular with the underground hip-hop scene.[1]

History[edit]

The crew, originally composed of brothers Mr. Walt and DJ Evil Dee, formed in 1992, making their production debut with Evil Dee's group Black Moon, on its debut single, "Who Got Da Props?" The duo produced the entirety of Black Moon's acclaimed debut album, Enta Da Stage, in 1993, then continued production work with Black Moon's Buckshot and his crew Boot Camp Clik. In 1995, along with its third official member, Baby Paul, the group produced the entirety of Smif-N-Wessun's debut album, Dah Shinin'. It continued work with fellow Boot Camp members Heltah Skeltah and O.G.C. in 1996, contributing multiple beats for their respective debuts, Nocturnal and Da Storm. In the late 1990s, da Beatminerz expanded its client list, producing popular hip hop artists such as Afu-Ra, Black Star, De La Soul, Eminem, Flipmode Squad, M.O.P., Mic Geronimo, and O.C..

Also in 1996, they 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.

By 2001, the crew expanded to five members, with producers Rich Blak and Chocolate Ty joining Baby Paul, Evil Dee, and Mr. Walt. That year, the group released its debut album, Brace 4 Impak, on popular independent label Rawkus Records, featuring guest appearances from Royce Da 5'9", Black Moon, Ras Kass, Diamond D, Cocoa Brovaz, Pete Rock, Talib Kweli, Freddie Foxxx, Jean Grae, and Naughty by Nature. The album's lead single, "Take That," became a hip hop hit in 2001, hitting the Top 5 on the Hot Rap Singles chart. By 2004, the crew narrowed back to its original members, Evil Dee and Mr. Walt, and the duo released its second album, Fully Loaded w/ Statik, on Copter Records. In the new millennium, the group has crafted beats for artists such as Akrobatik, Big Daddy Kane, Black Moon, Boot Camp Clik, Craig G, Dilated Peoples, Jean Grae, KRS-One, Naughty By Nature, Smif-N-Wessun, and Wordsworth. Currently, Da Beatminerz are running their own internet radio station. They are currently set to produce the entirety of Black Moon's next LP, 'Dark Side Of The Moon'.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Production[edit]

Year Artist Album Songs Produced
1993 Black Moon Enta da Stage 14 of 14
1995 Smif-N-Wessun Dah Shinin' 15 of 15
Mic Geronimo The Natural 2 of 13
1996 Heltah Skeltah Nocturnal 8 of 17
Black Moon Diggin' in dah Vaults 12 of 12
Originoo Gunn Clappaz Da Storm 8 of 15
Bahamadia Kollage 4 of 15
Sadat X Wild Cowboys 1 of 15
De La Soul America Is Dying Slowly 1 of 16
1997 O.C. Jewelz 3 of 15
Royal Flush Ghetto Millionaire 1 of 22
Artifacts That's Them 1 of 16
Next Rated Next 1 of 18
1998 Cocoa Brovaz The Rude Awakening 4 of 17
Black Star Black Star 1 of 13
M.O.P. First Family 4 Life 1 of 17
Hussein Fatal In the Line of Fire 1 of 11
Fat Joe Don Cartagena 1 of 15
1999 Black Moon War Zone 19 of 19
Originoo Gunn Clappaz The M-Pire Shrikez Back 1 of 17
2000 Afu-Ra Body of the Life Force 1 of 18
2000 Rah Digga Dirty Harriet 1 of 18
2001 Nas Stillmatic 1 of 14
2002 KRS-ONE The Mix Tape 1 of 13
2002 Boot Camp Clik The Chosen Few 3 of 15
2002 Naughty By Nature IIcons 2 of 18
2003 Black Moon Total Eclipse 9 of 17
2003 KRS-ONE Kristyles 3 of 17
2004 Truth Enola 6 O'Clock Straight 1 of 20
Vast Aire Look Mom... No Hands 1 of 17
2005 Tek & Steele Smif 'n' Wessun: Reloaded 4 of 15
2006 Boot Camp Clik The Last Stand 1 of 14
2006 Buckshot Alter The Chemistry 13 of 13
2009 Tiye Phoenix Half Woman, Half Amazin' 1 of 13
2009 Steele of Smif-n-Wessun Welcome to Bucktown 1 of 14
2010 Vinnie Paz Season of the Assassin 1 of 21
2011 Apathy Honkey Kong 1 of 23

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