Enta Da Stage by Black Moon
Entering new stages
The first time I saw the video for Who Got Tha Props I was at my neighbors house across the street. I was 11 or 12, thought I was cooler than him and talked him into turning to Rap City. I tried to make myself look cool by passing judgement on different videos but to be honest that was one of those days where nothing was particularly interesting. Also it all seemed a bit kitschy and corny on that day to be honest. Then that bassline said “ba buum booomm” and the guitar sample replied “du-ni-du-ni-du-ni-du-ni-duuun” a rhodes keyboard sample jumped in like a cool ass hypeman.
Put up, what up, bo bo bo!
Suckers want to flow but they got no show
So I’m a grab the mic, flip a script, and leave ya stunned
Buckshot’s the one that gets the job done
Why yes Buckshot is the one! I don’t know why or how but I immediately felt like everything would change after that. If at the least I had a new favorite group that I had to check out! I think I went immediately home looking for someone to tell about my new discovery. No one there oh well…
Fast forward to 96′.
The Olympics were in Atlanta. Somehow we got tickets to something and my Moms was enthusiastic to be in the atmosphere of so many different people from all over the world. Honestly I can’t for the life of me remember what we went to go see but I did however have my trusty walkman on hand. I had been walking around listening to Black Moon’s Enta Da Stage that week as by this point it was a longtime staple of my youth(I know it was only a couple of years but ya know) and felt like giving it a re-listen.
While actually being inside. My Ma was just sitting there looking at everyone go by. She made me take off my headphones. I thought it was because we were about to do something else and we ended up not moving so I figured I could put them back on. Powahful IMPA… She made me take them off again. Only this time she actually stopped and explained that she wanted me to take in what was going on around me. Inadvertantly, this was the moment cemented in my mind the need and necessity to disconnect, or rather to connect. To make sure that one is engaged with the life around you. And as much as I like and love to listen. Well, she reminded me to, listen…
Eiliyas is a Macon born, Atlanta bred, Berlin-based artist working with music, sound design, creative writing and conceptual art. He also is host and curator of Mixtape Menage, a platform for becoming familiar with cultural facilitators of the world through sound.