Duck Down prepares for major revival

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Nearly fifteen years after its launch Duck Down Recordings, the storied NY imprint founded by industry executive Dru Ha and Black Moon leader Buckshot, is poised to experience its biggest success since the days of Dah Shinin and “Leflah.”

Duck Down has recruited Koch as its distributor for several upcoming projects. The first will be Casualties of War, a collection of outtakes from Boot Camp Clik’s 2006 album The Last Stand and tracks spotlighting the label’s roster. It’s scheduled to drop on August 14.

Rumors have swirled for months that Sean Price, one-half of Heltah Skeltah and the hero behind this year’s underground hit Jesus Price Supastar, will soon sign with Def Jam. While that has yet to pass, Price is preparing a mixtape, Master P, for release on July 24. He has also begun work on a new album tentatively titled Mic Tyson, and has formed a supergroup with Detroit rapper (and Stones Throw artist) Guilty Simpson and rapper/producer Black Milk. The trio hopes to drop an album before the end of the year.

Meanwhile, Buckshot is getting ready to drop the sequel to Chemistry, his 2005 pairing with former Little Brother producer 9th Wonder. The disc is called The Formula, and it should land sometime this fall.

Other projects on deck include Special Teamz, a supergroup including Boston vet EDO.G, former Kreators member Jaysaun and G. Slaine. Their debut, Stereotypez, features guest spots by Sean Price, Buckshot, Devin the Dude and Ill Bill. DJ Premier, Marco Polo and Jake One, among others, contribute beats. Stereotypez drops on September 25.

There’s much more music to come from Boot Camp Clik, including a mixtape from Steele (Hotstyle, due July 24) and other scheduled goodies. The crew will be out and about this summer, including a few dates on the Rock the Bells tour. You can check those out below.

Black Moon:

  • 7/03: Mezzanine, San Francisco, CA
  • 7/18: Brower Park, Brooklyn, NY

Smif N Wessun:

  • 7/24: Red Hook Park, Brooklyn, NY

Sean Price:

  • 7/18: Brower Park, Brooklyn, NY

Boot Camp Clik:

  • 7/28-7/29: Randall’s Island, New York, NY

7/03: w/Pirate DJs, DJ Apollo, Supreme, DJ Pause
7/24: w/dead prez
7/28-7/29: Rock the Bells w/Rage Against the Machine, Wu-Tang Clan, Erykah Badu, Rakim, Mos Def, MF Doom, Pharaoahe Monch, Immortal Technique, Jedi Mind Tricks, Public Enemy, Felt, Living Legends, Brother Ali, Cage, Mr. Lif, Grouch & Eligh, Hangar 18, Blueprint, Luckyiam, DJ Hi-Tek, Mike Relm, C-Minus, Rocky Rock

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