By Victor O
He is probably best known as the leader of the Hip-Hop super-group Boot Camp Clik and the group Black Moon. He has been associated with popular acts such as KRS-One, Outlawz and 9th Wonder. What has Buckshot’s career been like so far and how much is he worth?
Buckshot was born in Brooklyn, New York in November 1974 with the birth name, Kenyatta Blake. Growing up in Brooklyn, he gave himself the name Buckshot Shorty when he started taking part in rhyming contests in his neighborhood. The rapper met and befriended DJ Evil Dee, 5 ft, and Mr. Walt while in high school. They eventually formed the production team known as Da Beatminerz.
The rapper teamed up with DJ Evil Dee and 5 ft to form the group Black Moon in 1992. They released the single “Who Got Da Props?” in 1993 and it went on to reach No. 86 on the Billboard Top 100 charts. The performance of the single helped the group secure a recording deal with Nervous Records. Later that year they released their debut full-length album Enta Da Stage attracting positive reviews from critics. The album featured Mobb Deep’s Havoc as well as future members of Boot Camp Clik, Tek and Steele, of the hip hop duo Smif N Wessun.
Buckshot left Nervous Records with Dru-Ha in 1994 to form Duck Down Records. He signed on Smif N Wessun in the same year and helped Smif N Wessun produce their debut album Dah Shinin’. Under the name Duck Down Entaprizez, Buckshot, Dru-Ha, and Smif N Wessun, started working with the legendary rapper 2Pac on the unreleased studio album One Nation in 1996. He is said to have been given the name “The BDI Thug” by 2Pac during this period.
In March 1997, Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Heltah Skeltah and O.G.C. formed the super-group Boot Camp Clik.
Discography and Net Worth
Buckshot has just one solo album titled The BDI Thug, which was released in 1999. Aside from Enta Da Stage, the rapper and Black Moon released four other albums: Diggin’ in Dah Vaults (1996), War Zone (1999), Total Eclipse (2003), and Alter The Chemistry (2006). He released four albums with Boot Camp Clik, including For the People (1997) and Casualties of War (2007). Buckshot has collaboration albums with 9th Wonder (three), KRS-One and P-Money. He has also appeared on songs by several hip hop acts, including Eminem, Flipmode Squad, Kurupt, Mack 10 and Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
The rapper has a net worth of $1 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.