Heltah Skeltah is a hip hop duo consisting of members Rock (aka Da Rockness Monstah) and Ruck (aka Sean Price). The two are members of New York Hip Hop supergroup Boot Camp Clik, along with Buckshot, Smif-N-Wessun and O.G.C..
Heltah Skeltah debuted on Smif-N-Wessun's album Dah Shinin'
in 1995, appearing on the tracks "Wontime", "Cession at da Doghillee" and "Let's Git It On". Later in 1995, they grouped up with fellow Boot Camp members O.G.C. to form The Fab 5
(another nod to The Beatles
), and released a surprise hit single, "Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka". Out of The Fab 5 members, Rock and Ruck received the most amount of attention, due to their notable charisma and chemistry. The duo released their anticipated debut Nocturnal
in June 1996, which included "Leflah", as well as the singles "Operation Lock Down" and "Therapy". The album sold over 250,000 copies in the United States, and has become a classic in the underground Hip Hop scene because of its grimy, basement sound and strong lyrics. The duo released a group album with the Boot Camp in 1997, then followed in 1998 with their second effort Magnum Force
. The album's lead single, "I Ain't Havin' That" (sampled from the A Tribe Called Quest
track "Hot Sex
", with the chorus sampling Redman
hit "Pick it Up"), became a Hot 100 hit. Despite the single's success, most critics slammed the album due to its lighter content. Ruck and Rock seemed disillusioned with their lack of sales, and split up soon after the Magnum Force
album. Rock began having problems with Duck Down Records
, and split with the label, signing to DJ Lethal's Lethal Records. He planned to release an album titled Planet Rock
, but the label folded and the album disappeared. Sean Price stuck with the Camp for their second group effort The Chosen Few
in 2002. Heltah Skeltah reunited in 2005, making appearances on Sean Price's solo album Monkey Barz
and Smif-N-Wessun's Smif 'N' Wessun: Reloaded
. The duo continued work with the Boot Camp for their third group effort The Last Stand
, released in July 2006. In 2007, Heltah Skeltah will appear on Chinga Chang Records
March 5th Release The "Official Joints" compilation, a collection of previously unreleased songs by NYC rappers. According to both members, they are also currently working on another Heltah Skeltah album, tentatively titled D.I.R.T. (Da Incredible Rap Team)
which will be released on Sept. 30th, 2008. Other solo future projects include Monster Music
and Mic Tyson
. They will also be releasing the Shell Shock DVD
. Sean Price is currently working on Random Axe
During an interview, Rock revealed that he received his infamous facial scar from a boyhood scuffle with an older man from the neighborhood. He decided to ignore his cut and did not get stitches resulting in a scar.
In the same interview, Rock speaks on his pending murder charges. He feels optimistic about maintaining his innocence and freedom.
| Album information |
| Nocturnal |
- Released: June 18, 1996
- Billboard 200 chart position: #35
- R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #5
- Singles: "Letha Brainz Blo", "Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka", "Operation Lock Down"/"Da Wiggy", "Therapy"/"Place to Be"
| Magnum Force |
- Released: October 13, 1998
- Billboard 200 chart position: #34
- R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #8
- Singles: "I Ain't Havin' That"/"Worldwide (Rock the World)", "Brownsville II Long Beach"/"Gunz 'N Onez (Iz U Wit Me)"
| D.I.R.T. |
- Released: September 30, 2008
- Billboard 200 chart position: #119
- R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: -
- Singles: "Everything Is Heltah Skeltah", "Ruck n Roll"
Album chart positions
Singles chart positions