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Ruck (left) and Rock (center) with Ruste Juxx
|Also known as||Sparsky & Dutch|
|Origin||Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York, US|
|Labels||Duck Down Records|
|Associated acts||Boot Camp Clik|
The Fab 5
Heltah Skeltah was a hip hop duo which consisted of rappers Rock (Jahmal Bush) and Ruck (Sean Price). The two were members of New York supergroup Boot Camp Clik, along with Buckshot, Smif-N-Wessun and O.G.C..
Heltah Skeltah debuted on Smif-N-Wessun's album Dah Shinin' in 1995, appearing on the tracks "Wontime", "Cession at da Doghillee" and "Let's Git It On". Later in 1995, they grouped up with fellow Boot Camp members O.G.C. to form The Fab 5 (another nod to The Beatles), and released a surprise hit single, "Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka". Out of The Fab 5 members, Rock and Sean Price received the most attention, due to their notable charisma and chemistry. The duo released their anticipated debut Nocturnal in June 1996, which included "Leflah", as well as the singles "Operation Lock Down" and "Therapy". The album sold over 250,000 copies in the United States, and has become a classic in the underground Hip Hop scene because of its grimy, basement sound and strong lyrics. The duo released a group album with the Boot Camp in 1997, then followed in 1998 with their second effort Magnum Force. The album's lead single, "I Ain't Havin' That" (sampled from the A Tribe Called Quest track "Hot Sex", with the chorus sampling Redman's 1996 hit "Pick it Up"), became a Hot 100 hit. Despite the single's success, the album was criticized due to its lighter content. Price and Rock seemed disillusioned with their lack of sales, and split up soon after the Magnum Force album. Rock began having problems with Duck Down Records, and split with the label, signing to DJ Lethal's Lethal Records. He planned to release an album titled Planet Rock, but the label folded and the album disappeared. Sean Price remained with the Camp for their second album The Chosen Few in 2002. Heltah Skeltah reunited in 2005, making appearances on Sean Price's solo album Monkey Barz and Smif-N-Wessun's Smif 'N' Wessun: Reloaded. The duo continued work with the Boot Camp for their third group effort The Last Stand, released in July 2006. In 2007, Heltah Skeltah had a track included on the Official Joints mixtape, a collection of previously unreleased songs by NYC rappers. Heltah Skeltah dropped their third album together titled D.I.R.T. (Da Incredible Rap Team) which was released on September 30, 2008.Sean Price died in his sleep on August 8, 2015. He was 43 years old.
|2008||D.I.R.T. (Da Incredible Rap Team)||122||35|
- 1995: Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka (featuring O.G.C.) / Letha Brainz Blo
- 1996: Operation Lock Down / Da Wiggy
- 1996: Therapy (featuring Vinia Mojica) / Place to Be
- 1998: I Ain't Havin That (featuring Starang Wondah) / Worldwide (Rock the World)
- 1998: Brownsville II Long Beach (featuring Tha Dogg Pound) / Gunz 'N Onez (Iz U Wit Me) (featuring Method Man)
- 2008: Everything Is Helthah Skeltah (featuring The Loudmouf Choir)
- 2008: Ruck n Roll
- Official Site of Duckdown Records
- Rock of Heltah Skeltah - Official Site
- Sean Price of Heltah Skeltah - Official Site
- Itshiphop.tv Video Interviews
- Heltah Skeltah Interview : "We are not about soft rap"
- Heltah Skeltah Interview (ArtofRhyme.com)
-  Sean Price, Veteran Rapper and Boot Camp Clik Member, Dead at 43