Duck Down Artists
Perhaps one of the lesser known, but most genuine groups on Duck Down Music Inc., O.G.C. (Originoo Gunn Clappaz) have been holding it down since day one. Not to be fooled by their youthful appearances, with more aliases than shells held in the clip of 9MM pistol, the trio: Starang Wondah (aka Gunn Clappa Numba One, Big Will, Hurricane Starang, and Da Beast From Da East); Louville Sluggah (aka Gunn Clappa Numba Two, Hennyville Guzzler, Henny); and Top Dog (aka Gunn Clappa Numba Three, Big Kahuna, D-O), are known as the Wild Bunch, of the Boot Camp Clik.
Natives of Brownsville, New York, O.G.C. was the third act signed to Duck Down Music in 1994, as it emerged onto the hip-hop scene. Their name is an homage to the ever thriving borough it self. "O.G.C. represents 9 to 5 workers to street hustlers working hard for family, self, just striving to rise," explained Louieville Sluggah.
Making their first appearance on Smif N Wessun’s 1995 debut 'Da Shinin', O.G.C. made their presence known on tracks "Sound Boy Buriel" and "Cession At Da Doghille." Later that year, O.G.C. teamed up with Heltah Skeltah to create the sensational, Fab 5. Vinyl cuts "Blah," "Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka" and "Leflah” stunned audiences, leaving them begging for more. Although the group hasn’t been any additional Fab 5 material mad available, there is no doubt that record store bins would empty in seconds, upon a new release.
In 1996, O.G.C. released their first album 'Da Storm.' Cracking the top 10 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Charts, it left in appreciation amongst true diggers of the crates. “Calm Before Da Strom,” contained verses that came off in a freestyle manner; “No Fear,” was sampled on numerous hip-hop compilations; and “Hurricane Starang,” was matched up with “Danjer,” for the split music video, Hurricane Danjer.
In 1997, the trio joined their fellow Boot Camp Clik members to release 'For The People.' The trio added a little something extra to tracks like “Headz Are Readee” as Louivillie Sluggah attacked with wild-style lyrics; Top Dog detailed hooks with reggae styled chants, and Starang Wondah crushed beats like a sledgehammer.
On 1999’s 'The M-Pire Strikez Back' O.G.C. worked with producers, Havoc, Kno, Shaleek, Vincent Davis, and Black Market. With hard 909 drum beats and giving the album a more up-tempo than previously heard on other works. “Shoot to Kill,” simulated a relay race, with its fluid mic trading "Bounce To The Ounce” smoked up the radio and “Boot Camp MFC Easter Conference” depicted the crew as stronger than ever. Guest appearances were made by Havoc of Mobb Deep and showcased the sounds of Black Market Entertainment.
"Top Dog, Louieville and Starang got different flows," said Top Dog. "So you can put them together this time and you have the ultimate. You have a figure. You have a triangle. You can put them together, or you can separate them. But, it's not just a storm no more, it's four seasons now." Although, the single "Bounce To The Ounce" received commercial air play, it was the last album released from O.G.C. as a group.
After recording the Boot Camp Clik sophomore release 'The Chosen Few' the O.G.C. went on Hiatus. In 2000, Top Dog recorded the 12” single “Cabbin Stabbin” with Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest. Starang dropped a double sided EP “That’s What’s Up” and “The Game.” He later continued working with the Sounds of Black Entertainment, recording several tracks for a future solo project. The Boot Camp Clik’s 2005 release, 'The Last Stand' marked a reunion to be remembered. Not only did Rock rejoin the outfit, but it also featured to reemergence of O.G.C. as a collective. The Camp stomped through tracks-one after the other- never looking back. But a new release from O.G.C. is all but just a gun clap away.