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Da Beatminerz
Origin Brooklyn, New York
Genres Hip Hop
Years active 1992–Present
Labels Rawkus Records
Copter Records
Associated acts Black Moon
Boot Camp Clik
Members
Mr. Walt
DJ Evil Dee
Former members
Rich Blak
Chocolate Ty

Da Beatminerz are a hip-hop production crew from Bushwick - Brooklyn, New York, and are known for their dark, gritty sound that is very popular with the underground hip-hop scene.

The crew, originally composed of brothers Mr. Walt and DJ Evil Dee, formed in 1992, making their producing debut with Evil Dee's group Black Moon, on its debut single, "Who Got Da Props?" The duo produced the entirety of Black Moon's acclaimed debut album, Enta Da Stage, in 1993, then continued production work with Black Moon's Buckshot and his crew Boot Camp Clik. In 1995, along with its third official member, Baby Paul, the group produced the entirety of Smif-N-Wessun's debut album, Dah Shinin'. It continued work with fellow Boot Camp members Heltah Skeltah and O.G.C. in 1996, contributing multiple beats for their respective debuts, Nocturnal and Da Storm. In the late 1990s, da Beatminerz expanded its client list, producing popular hip hop artists such as Afu-Ra, Black Star, De La Soul, Eminem, Flipmode Squad, M.O.P., Mic Geronimo, and O.C..

By 2001, the crew expanded to five members, with producers Rich Blak and Chocolate Ty joining Baby Paul, Evil Dee, and Mr. Walt. That year, the group released its debut album, Brace 4 Impak, on popular independent label Rawkus Records, featuring guest appearances from Royce Da 5'9", Black Moon, Ras Kass, Diamond D, Cocoa Brovaz, Pete Rock, Talib Kweli, Freddie Foxxx, Jean Grae, and Naughty by Nature. The album's lead single, "Take That," became a hip hop hit in 2001, hitting the Top 5 on the Hot Rap Singles chart. By 2004, the crew narrowed back to its original members, Evil Dee and Mr. Walt, and the duo released its second album, Fully Loaded w/ Statik, on Copter Records. In the new millennium, the group has crafted beats for artists such as Akrobatik, Big Daddy Kane, Black Moon, Boot Camp Clik, Craig G, Dilated Peoples, Jean Grae, KRS-One, Naughty By Nature, Smif-N-Wessun, and Wordsworth.

Discography

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Albums

Production

Year Artist Album Songs Produced
1993 Black Moon Enta da Stage 14 of 14
1995 Smif-N-Wessun Dah Shinin' 15 of 16
1996 Heltah Skeltah Nocturnal 8 of 17
Black Moon Diggin' in dah Vaults 12 of 12
Originoo Gunn Clappaz/O.G.C. Da Storm 8 of 15
Bahamadia Kollage 2 of 15
Sadat X Wild Cowboys 1 of 15
1997 O.C. Jewelz 3 of 15
Royal Flush Ghetto Millionaire 1 of 22
1998 Cocoa Brovaz The Rude Awakening 4 of 17
Black Star Black Star 1 of 18
M.O.P. First Family 4 Life 1 of 17
1998 Hussein Fatal In the Line of Fire 1 of 11
1999 Black Moon War Zone 19 of 19
Originoo Gunn Clappaz/O.G.C. The M-Pire Shrikez Back 1 of 17
2000 Afu-Ra Body of the Life Force 1 of 18
2000 Rah Digga Dirty Harriet 1 of 18
2001 Nas Stillmatic 1 of 14
2002 Boot Camp Clik The Chosen Few 3 of 15
2003 Black Moon Total Eclipse 9 of 17
2003 KRS-ONE Kristyles 3 of 17
2005 Tek & Steele Smif 'n' Wessun: Reloaded 4 of 15
2006 Boot Camp Clik The Last Stand 1 of 14
2009 Tiye Phoenix Half Woman, Half Amazin' 1 of 13
2009 General Steele of Smif-n-Wessun Welcome to Bucktown 1 of 14

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