Buoyed by their ingenious “Tripe Threat” campaign in 2005 (Buckshot & 9th Wonder’s Chemistry, Sean Price’s Monkey Barz and Smif N Wesson’s Reloaded) Duck Down Records re-established itself as one of Hiphop’s premier Independent labels. The buzz for the label and its artists only heightened in 2006 with the release of the reunited Boot Camp Click LP, The Last Stand, and Sean Price’s massive sophomore solo-LP, Jesus Price Superstar, which firmly re-established the Boot Camp Click as one of Hiphop’s most talented collectives ever assembled and Sean Price as one of Hiphop’s most engaging lyricists.
Since the release of Sean Price’s Jesus Price Superstar, Duck Down has undergone a distribution change which promises to further solidify its position, as Duck Down Records is now back under the powerhouse Koch Records umbrella. In addition, the Duck Down website (www.duckdown.com) has been completely revamped with a brand new look and features and now includes a Duck Down shop for it legion of devoted fans worldwide.
Over the next few months, Duck Down will be releasing a host of new projects; including Sean Price’s “Master P” mixtape, Steele’s (of Smif N Wesson) “Hotstyle Takeover” mixtape and Boot Camp Clik’s “Casualties Of War” which will be released on 8-14-2007 (Casualties Of War is not the latest “official” Boot Camp Clik LP, but a collection of tracks recorded for The Last Stand and various solo-projects from Boot Camp Click members solo-projects that were not previously released). While Heltah Skeltah continue to work on their forthcoming LP and even as rumors swirl about Sean Price being courted by major labels, Sean will begin working on his next solo-LP, Mic Tyson, the projects slated to arrive in the fall of 2007 are LP’s from Smif N Wesson, a still untitled collaborative LP from Sean Price, Black Milk and Guilty Simpson (which all three members are currently in Detroit finishing) and the highly-anticipated Buckshot and 9th Wonder sequel The Formula (their official follow-up of Chemistry).
While the Duck Down name, its history and artists are widely renowned and branded throughout the Hip-Hop landscape, the label is branching out to begin to distribute and promote artists from those outside the typical Boot Camp Click artist structure and negotiations are already under way with a few up-and coming artists and iconic rap legends; this change signifies a major transition in the label, as it becomes a home to develop and market artists of all flavors. The first such project of this transition will be Special Teamz (EDO. G’s collective group, which consists of EDO. G, Slaine and Jaysuan) debut “Stereotypez,” which is currently slated for a 9-25-07 release date and will include production from DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Marco Polo, Jake One and Ill Bill and guest appearances from Sean Price, Buckshot, Devin The Dude, Ill Bill and Jamie Jasta of Hatebreed among others.
Duck Down Label CEO’s Dru Ha and Buckshot are available to answer questions about the labels upcoming releases, current moves and future plans.