Album Review: General Steele- Welcome To Bucktown

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steele-article_phixrIn Hip-Hop, consistency is the name of the game, and no one plays it better than the Boot Camp Clik.

From their induction back in 1993, they’ve epitomized hardcore Hip-Hop with Black Moon, Smif-n-Wessun, Heltah Skeltah, and O.G.C. all contributing in the process.

Continuing their tradition, Steele [Click to read interview] from Smif-n-Wessun releases his project, Welcome To Bucktown.

With all the Brooklyn MC’s from the Clik being involved, Steele paints a musical picture of the 1975 Blaxploitation film Bucktown, that’s filled with familiar sounds and content that made him and his clan such a force in the 90’s.

Steele has a couple of solo outings on the project, with songs like ‘Welcome,the 70’s funk-orientated ‘Things Getting Better,’ and ‘Dreams’ but the majority of the record is anchored by him along with the entire Boot Camp Clik.

The veteran makes a strong bid for his Hip-Hop lore by constructing Brooklyn bangers like, ‘No Sleep ‘Til Bucktown’ (feat. O.G.C., Rustee Juxx, and Rock of Heltah Skeltah), ‘Bucktown Baby’ (Smif-n-Wessun), ‘A Toast To Bucktown’ (feat. Buckshot), and the well-produced ‘Find My Way’ (feat. Stormey Coleman).

The strongest offerings come in on ‘Made Me Do It’ (feat. 5Ft.), ‘I Walk Around Town, and arguably the best record on the project in ‘Riot’ (feat. Sean Price).

Steele’s Welcome To Bucktown plays right into the hands of those who like their Hip-Hop straight up with no added preservatives.

With the evolution of music causing artists to change their ways in order to keep up, Steele (and the Boot Camp Clik) has managed to remain exactly who they are.

The only change is that they are no longer kids, but now men who still represent for each corner of their historical borough, while maintaining their authenticity—Brooklyn stand up…

Rating: 4.0