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Studio album by Heltah Skeltah


June 18, 1996


May 1995 - March 1996


D&D Studios
(New York City, New York)
Chung King Studios
(Manhattan, New York)
Dollar Cab Studios
(Brooklyn, New York City)
Unique Recording Studios
(New York City, New York)


East Coast hip hop, Hardcore hip hop




Duck Down Records / Priority Records / EMI Records


Buckshot, Da Beatminerz, Shawn J. Period, E-Swift, Shaleek, Supreme, Lord Jamar

Nocturnal is the debut studio album by hip hop group Heltah Skeltah. It was released in June 18, 1996 under Duck Down Music Inc., Priority Records and EMI Records. Recording sessions took place at Chung King Studios, D&D Studios, Dollar Cab Studios and Unique Recording Studios from May 1995 to March 1996. Production was handled by Da Beatminerz, Buckshot, Lord Jamar, Shaleek, E-Swift, Shawn J. Period and Supreme. It includes guest appearances by Vinia Mojica and Boot Camp Clik members: O.G.C., The Representativz and Illa Noyz.

The album peaked at #5 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts and #35 on the Billboard 200 chart. Nocturnal spawned the three singles "Leflah Leflaur Eshkoshka" (which peaked at #75 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart), "Operation Lockdown" and "Therapy" (which both peaked at #64 and #77 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles charts in the United States). Nocturnal received widespread critical acclaim in the Hip-Hop World, with selling around 250,000 copies in the United States.

Track listing[]

  1. "Intro (Here We Come)" - 3:30
  2. "Letha Brainz Blow" - 4:19
  3. "Undastand" - 4:15
  4. "Who Dat?" - 1:43
  5. "Sean Price" (feat. Illa Noyz) - 4:19
  6. "Clan's, Posse's, Crew's & Clik's" - 5:23
  7. "Therapy" (feat. Vinia Mojica) - 4:23
  8. "Place to Be" - 2:45
  9. "Soldiers Gone Psyco" - 3:40
  10. "The Square (Triple R)" (feat. The Representativz) - 4:20
  11. "Da Wiggy" - 4:12
  12. "Gettin Ass Gettin Ass - 1:15
  13. "Leflah Leflaur Eshkoshka" (feat. O.G.C. (as The Fab 5) - 5:03
  14. "Prowl" (feat. Louieville Sluggah (of O.G.C.) - 4:13
  15. "Grate Unknown" - 4:18
  16. "Operation Lock Down" - 4:25
  17. "Lock Down Skit" - 3:01


Letha Brainz Blow

  • "Fly, Fly, the Route, Shoot" by If
  • "The Look of Love" by Johnny Pate


  • "Why Can't People Be Colors Too?" by The Whatnauts
  • "Soledad De Murcia" by Michael Naura Quartett
  • "Soul Girl" by Jeanne & the Darlings

Who Dat?

  • "Both Ends Against the Middle" by Richard "Popcorn" Wylie

Sean Price

  • "Nuff Man a Dead" by Super Cat

Clan's, Posse's, Crew's & Clik's

  • "The Mixed Up Cup" by Clyde McPhatter


  • "Enchanted Lady" by Milt Jackson and The Ray Brown Big Band

Place to Be

  • "Get Out of My Life, Woman" by Iron Butterfly
  • "Memory Lane" by Minnie Riperton

Soldiers Gone Psyco

  • "Sing a Simple Song" by Sly & the Family Stone
  • "Lost in a Pool of Red" by Wade Marcus

Da Wiggy

  • "If I Needed Someone" by Bit 'A Sweet
  • "Can You Do Without" by The Meters
  • "Strange Games & Things" by Love Unlimited Orchestra

Leflah Leflaur Eshkoshka

  • "Why Can't People Be Colors Too?" by The Whatnauts
  • "Uzuri" by Catalyst


  • "Rain, Rain, Go Away" by Bob Azzam
  • "Danube Incident" by Lalo Schifrin

Operation Lock Down

  • "Theme From Summer of '42" by George Benson