in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, Richard Terfry (aka Buck 65, Stinkin' Rich)
spent the majority of his adolescence as a self-described b-boy. He eventually
moved to Halifax in 1989, where he founded a seminal hip-hop show on local
college radio. The program (dubbed "The Bassment") helped Terfry cement his
status as Halifax's premier hip-hop head; inch by inch, artist collaborations,
production duties, and club residencies soon followed. During this time, Terfry
dabbled with mic duty, often to acclaimed results. While 1992's Chin Music
helped him win a deal with local label Murderecords, 1996's Psoriasis (recorded
with friend Sixtoo under the moniker Sebutones) garnered underground plaudits
and 1997's 12" trilogy The Wild Life raised eyebrows overseas. Later in 1997,
Buck 65's first well-circulated full-length followed; Language Arts was hailed
by everyone who heard it as a hip-hop triumph. Fusing Terfry's hard-luck grumble
with a decidedly lo-fi (but immaculately produced) instrumentation, it trumpeted
his (and Halifax's) entry into the hip-hop circuit. In spite of -- or perhaps,
as a result of -- his tendency to veer towards more opaque territories (Terfry's
albums rarely come with any tangible track listing), the big guns soon came
calling. Revered turntablist Mr. Dibbs was so enamored with Terfry's records
that he inducted Buck 65 into seminal underground collective 1200 Hobos.
Fraternizing with the likes of heroes such as Biz Markie, Peanut Butter Wolf,
and Cut Chemist, Terfry's follow-up was even more inspired. 1999's Vertex was
hailed by critics as a progressive, brilliantly conceived concept album, a
regulated mix of measured neuroses and marble-mouthed charm. The follow-up,
2001's Man Overboard, released on the respected underground Anticon, followed on
that note, pitting Terfry's numerous personalities against each other, often to
brilliant effect. WEA Canada picked up the record and released its follow-up,
Talkin' Honky Blues, an excellent collection of introspective stories. An
international contract materialized with V2, which released the career-spanning
compilation This Here Is Buck 65.
SPUTNIKMUSIC - "It's consistently great stuff--this is among
the best hip-hop albums of the year."
THE WIRE - "Buck's refusal to recognise musical boundaries and
his instinctive ability to pick out elements that work together--sometimes
surprisingly so--have given us a genre-bending album of high artistic vision,
spit and grit."
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY - "Consistently inventive."