Heltah Skeltah


Rock A.K.A. Da Rockness Monstah
Ruck A.K.A. Sean Price

Heltah Skeltah are a duo group and part-members of the Brookyn Supergroup, Boot Camp Clik and within that, Fab 5 with Clik's Original Gun Clapaz (O.G.C.). They opened their careers on fellow Boot Camp Clik's, Smif-N-Wessun's album Dah Shinin' in 1995, on the tracks "Wontime", "Cession at da Doghillee" and "Let's Git It On".

Later in 1995, they linked with Clik crew, O.G.C. to form The Fab 5 and released the hit single, "Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka". Ruck and Rock stood out within the Fab 5 group, receiving the most attention as a result of their notable charisma and chemistry together. Heltah dropped their highly-anticipated initial release, Nocturnal in June, '96 which drooped the singles, "Leflah", "Operation Lock Down" and "Therapy". The album sold over 250,000 copies in the U.S. The album has since been hailed a underground rap classic due to it's dense basement-like production and raw lyrical delivery, seemingly missed now in commercial releases. Later in 1997 as a part of the Boot Camp, the duo joined the rest of of the Clik for the group album and in '98 came back with their follow-up heltah Skeltah drop, Magnum Force. The lead single, "I Ain't Havin' That" (sampled from the A Tribe Called Quest track "Hot Sex"), became a Hot 100 hit. Despite the single's success the album was harshly criticized because of its lighter content as opposed to their first. Ruck and Rock seemed disillusioned with their lack of sales, and split up soon after the Magnum Force album.

Individually, Rock felt a growing problem with the record label, Duck Down and soon parted ways. He inked a deal with former House of Pain and Limp Bizkit DJ - DJ Lethal's Lethal Records. here he planned on releasing his first solo, Planet Rock but was unable to due to the label folding. Rock was the only member of the 8-man squad not to appear on Boot Camp's second group album, Chosen Few in '02. Ruck A.K.A. Sean Price stuck with Duck Down and the Clik and in 2005 Rock reunited with Duck Down, Boot Camp for Sean Price's first solo, Monkey Barz and Smif-N-Wessun's Smif 'N' Wessun: Reloaded. The duo stayed together for Boot Camp's third effort, The Last Stand.

Both members of Heltah Skeltah are currently working on another album, tentatively titled, D.I.R.T., (acronym for Da Incredible Rap Team.) Rock is also planning to release his solo d├ębut, Monstah Music sometime in 2007.

Discography:

  • 1996 Nocturnal (Chart position: #5)
  • 1998 Magnum Force (Chart position: #8)
  • Sean Price (solo):

  • 2005 Monkey Barz (Chart position: #70)
  • 2007 Jesus Price Supastar (Chart position: #59)