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As mentioned, the five group members -- the aforementioned Dee and Walt, along with Baby Paul, Chocolate Ty, and Rich Black -- began their production careers as individuals. Walt worked at the Music Factory in Jamaica, Queens, where he first met Paul, and associated with superstar patrons such as Q-Tip. At the same time, Walt's brother, Dee, became friends with two other beat-making DJs in his neighborhood, Ty and Black -- the former part of the Shadez of Brooklyn crew, the latter part of the Pitch Black crew. It was Dee, though, who had the most success as part of the group Black Moon, who garnered substantial recognition with their Enter da Stage album.
The success of Black Moon led to the official formation of da Beatminerz around the time of Smif-N-Wessun's similarly praised Dah Shinin' album, which featured production work by the group. Next came various productions for rappers such as Rah Digga, Mark Morrison, the Roots, and Eminem, among others. It wasn't long before Rawkus came calling and asked the group to record a debut album. The resulting album featured an array of guest rappers, most notably Busta Rhymes, Pete Rock, Naughty By Nature, Talib Kweli, Total, and Cocoa Brovaz. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi