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"Da Storm" was released in 1996 and was the first album from the Hip Hop trio O.G.C (Originoo Gunn Clappaz). Top Dog, Louisville Sluggah and Starang Wondah (members of Boot Camp Clik - who also contains, Buckshot, Smif-N-Wessun and Heltah Skeltah) managed to do big things as they came through with their underground Brooklyn-style Hip Hop material that takes things back to the cold end of the spectrum.
2. "Calm Before Da Storm"
They start things off in a predictably hardcore manner to show you exactly what to expect from their music as they take from the sort of direction that Wu-Tang Clan innovated in 1993 with their classic debut and so on Baby Paul's RZA-esque beats, you fidn that the MCs go hard with some rhymes which throw you right into their dark world towards the underground where their music exclusively belongs.
3. "No Fear"
Shaleek takes over with the beats and comes in with some powerful bounce to support the three MCs who get the chance to show just how they are going to do things for Boot Camp Clik and compete with the best who have done this underground East Coast stuff. They come with some fly rhymes which give you a chance to feel all the quality that their stuff has to offer a listener when they are down for some heavy material.
4. "Boom...Boom...F**king P***k" (Lude)
5. "Gun Clapp"
Although all of the tracks up to this point have been of an incredibly high standard, I'd have to say that this one goes ahead of them all as you find that here you get one that finds them working with Mr. Walt, and he shows how exactly you are able to mix the dark, underground production style with the contemporary club scene for a track that takes it all to another level and suits the fact that it was given as an eponymous recording.
6. "Emergency Broadcast System" (Lude)
7. "Hurricane Starang"
As this title suggests, this one is all about Gunn Clappa Numba One as Starang Wondah comes through with a track that has him showing how exactly he is able to carry the O.G.C. on his back. You see that Rock is there on the adlibs to as a nice added extra to the thing as you see why exactly he leads the trio and what he can offer as soem fresh Hardcore Hip Hop talent working during a key period in its progression.
Baby Paul comes through with the beats on this one too and I felt that it was a nice way to sets up as you see that he takes things to the sort of place that welcomes only those who are able to fully-embrace the deepest, darkest end of this Hip Hop sub-genre's material. I doubt whether this one is for all, but I'd have to say that it represents the crew well for just how far they take into that side of things.
9. "Elements Of Da Storm" (Lude)
10. "Da Storm"
The titular track comes though here and you see that here they liven things up with a tune that has them bringing a little something that has them working things up gradually as after a few tag team rhymes, they all get a chance to get busy with their flows before coming together in true posse cut fashion (especially for the East Coasters). At this stage, its impossible to think they could lose it on this album.
11. "Wild Cowboys In Bucktown"
They go even harder here as you find that in addition to all three of the MCs, Sean black and Sadat X (of Brand Nubian) come up to show support and do their thing as only they could. This tube manages to bring out even more excitement to the thing (when you can't imagine they could possibly do any more for it). It's good to see that Sadat X dominates here as it gives a valued change to the record.
12. "God Don't Like Ugly"
Buckshot and Lord Jamar (of Brand Nubian) come to do the beats on this one and you find that you get a track that sounds like a pretty significant change to it all as you get a tune that has much more things going on it than what has come earlier on, and the EPMD that is thrown into the hook takes it right up again. The MCs show no signs of stopping and all of the bring something that adds massively.
You find that DJ Evil Dee comes to do his thing on this one and is able to bring us back to the sort of place where we were at the start of the album where it was all about the cold material that you won't be able to find a way out of. I felt that this added to the atmosphere as the track seems to revolve around themes of the tune to show exactly they are able to make the tunes to the best of their ability.
14. "Elite Fleet"
The classic breaks come through on this one as you are brought right into the sort of stuff that was extremely popular during this key mid-nineties period. You find that here they ensure that they excite the thing up once again as we edge towards the end of the album and so by using lots of popular references in with all the typical things that have been heard through the record they do it without making any significant alterations to their stuff.
The album ends off with a track that seems like one to be a bit of a release as they get the chance to bring one that doesn't demand the same amount of intensity and so although you have them showing that they won't relax things to any degree as we get to the end of the album, the beats have a bit more freedom in them to give them the chance to take it wherever seems right for them.
This is a killer album and one that any fan of underground East Coast Hip Hop from the mid-nineties should have. I understand why exactly it didn't receive much attention, but this really isn't enough reason to let it go ignored for any longer. Each track is a banger and they don't stop with the quality for a moment.