Oct. 19, 2013 will mark the 20th anniversary of the release of Black Moon’s debut, Enta Da Stage, a defining album of the Golden Era of Hip-Hop which took jazz samples and were flipped into dark, deep-in-the-basement instrumentals provided by the legendary Beatminerz, accompanied by Buckshot Shorty & 5FT’s effortless rhymes. In the above teaser clip, Dru Ha and Buckshot reminisce on the environment they grew up in as well as the in-depth studio sessions they had to create the album. The full clip / doc drops later this year. Those of you attending SXSW, make sure to catch them TODAY at the anniversary show at Haven (409 Colorado St.) with appearances by Talib Kweli, Roc Marciano, Statik Selektah and more!
In case you missed the madness on Saturday, Red Bull is re-broadcasting a condensed version of the showcase right now featuring the likes of Smif-N-Wessun, Kidz In The Hall, Pharoahe Monch and more.
01 Welcome Back
02 Boiling Water
04 Can’t Make It In NY
05 Showin Up
07 Wanna Get Dough
08 Get Involved
09 Sand to the Beach
10 Made Me a Man
11 F*ck Em
12 This Is What It Is
13 Up North – This Is What It Is
14 No Fear f. Sean Price
15 Sh*t (iTunes Bonus)
16 Stand Off (iTunes Bonus)
17 Nothin (iTunes Bonus)
Consider this Banco Popular’s official welcoming to the Duck Down stable. During one of their 15th anniversary tour stops, Black formally reintroduced himself to the crowd. *scratches head* at that “good look” in the beginning, however.
Guess who’s the latest member of the Duck Down roster? As long as he does more “I Love You Baby” type music, I’m okay with it.
Black Rob is the newest affiliate of Duck Down Music. The former Bad Boy, Harlem rapper is poised to release his first studio album in over five years. This past May, Black Rob was released from prison after serving four years for failing to show up to a previous sentence hearing for a grand larceny charge. Over the past seven months Black Rob has returned to the studio where he’s always felt most comfortable.
Floridian residents of the dopehouse: On Wednesday (October 13th), Duck Down Records is bringing their 15th Anniversary Tour to South Florida at Revolution Live in Ft. Lauderdale. This is a chance for one lucky person to win a pair of tickets to check out the entire Duck Down roster tear it down as well as a prize pack courtesy of Last Rights. How do you enter to win? Simple: enter your full, real name and legit email in the c-section down below where applicable (not in the comment itself, unless you want some random spam bot flooding your inbox for the next 50-11 years), and write “entered” in the comment. I’ll pick a person out of the mix as the winner. It’s not that hard, right? Don’t ever say we never do anything for you. Florida residents/those who actually plan on being in Florida around the time of the event enter only. Good luck. All entrants should be at least 18 years and older.
On July 13th, Duck Down will be celebrating 15 years in the game at BB Kings (get tickets here). To go along with the Anniversary, they will be releasing a compilation that includes the biggest record of each of the past 15 years; as well as two bonus tracks from ’93 and ’94 (Who Got the Props x Sound Bwoy Burial); and an all new track from Buckshot, Promise, Skyzoo & Sean Price. Watch the video above for the tracklist to the upcoming compilation.
This Fall, Skyzoo and Illmind will be linking up for full length LP entitled Live From the Tape Deck. Considering these two have already crafted some dope shit together (including a joint w/ Torae & CurT@!n$ off the upcoming (2)Dope Mixtape: Empire State Edition), this should definitely bang. Duck Down continues to win.
“It’s not rocket science,” says Skyzoo. “There won’t be any deep undertones or personal records like The Salvation; just dope beats and rhymes that’s better than everything else out. Back in the day, it was always like that. When you look at Eric B and Rakim, EPMD, NWA, A Tribe Called Quest and groups like that — you had one producer with one sound and one theme. That’s what we plan to bring with this project.” But don’t get it twisted; Live from the Tape Deck isn’t a throw back to that 90’s sound. Skyzoo explains, “The reason it’s called Live from the Tape Deck is because when labels made cassette tapes, it just so happens that was when records were dope. Once the option of buying a cassette in a store was gone, that’s when things changed and music got whack.”
PREVIOUS: Skyzoo – My Interpretation (Video)
I put this thing together the last few days. This video celebrates DuckDown records 15 years in business as an independent record label no small feat in the current musical climate. DuckDown continues to put forth quality music from OG’s like Buckshot, Pharoahe Monch and Sean Price to new rising stars like Kidz In the Hall. Beyond all that look at the Pharoahe Monch clip halfway through that is what we used to call rapping! – Dante Ross
The best part of this show? Check below.
Off their album, the eXXecution, which dropped today. Look for the full video — directed by Todd Angkasuwan — to drop later this week.
After the homie Tor let myself and Mek in through the back entrance [II] he got on stage and tore it down alongside Skyzoo and Sean Price. Live at the Duck Down showcase at SXSW.