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15 Years of Duck Down Records CD Packaging

This 15 Years of Duck Down Records compilation CD hit (the Enta Da Stage vinyl is vintage) the mailbox today, due in stores July 13. Not mad at the packaging, though there is no way it’s fitting in the CD rack.

Rocking for fifteen years in a fickle Hip-Hop world is no small feat. Then Duck Down has new albums due this year from Pharoahe Monch (W.A.R.: We Are Renegades), Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun (Monumental), 9th Wonder & Buckshot (The Solution), Skyzoo & ILLMIND (Live From the Tape Deck) and the group Random Axe which consists of Sean Price, Black Milk and Guilty Simpson.

That said, Duck Down Records deserves all the props they receive. Gratuitous Black Moon pun totally intended.

Catch all the Duck Down acts at BB Kings in NYC on July 13th and on tour in the fall. Tracklistfor the compilation below, and in the vid. But note, if these songs aren’t already in your collection, what kind of Hip-Hop fan are you really?


Pharoahe Monch – Shine f. Mela Machinko prod. by Diamond D [Bloggerhouse]

July 9, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Grandmaster Flash: Resolve Around Science*

Flash, Bam & Herc

Flash, Bam & Herc

The good Jake Paine asked me to connect with Grandmaster Flash for a feature on HipHopDX and I readily obliged. It’s not often you can speak to a rap godfather, something Flash no doubt is. Even if there were DJ’s before him.

I remember picking up this November 1993 issue of The Source (pic above) around my way and greedily reading it cover to cover. I wasn’t too pressed about particular bylines back then but looking back, this issue was just sick. You got Herc, Flash and Bambaataa on the cover of The Source being interviewed by the legendary Nelson George no less. The first few reviews alone broadcast The Source’s weight: Black Moon’s Enta Da Stage (written by Cheo H. Coker), Casual’s Fear Itself (written by the homie Brett Johnson) and Leaders of the New School’s T.I.M.E. (written by dream hampton) all received 4 mic ratings (as did KRS-1’s Return of the Boom Bap).

Not sure how this issue sold when it was released, but any editor pitching the idea of placing these legends on a mainstream magazine cover would be considered a lunatic. The reality is that a greater respect for Hip-Hop’s elders and the culture’s history are sorely lacking in many of today’s fans and artists. Sad, really.


Hip-Hop, Before The Bronx?

*Yes, that’s the correct title. Read The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash and you’ll know he’s been through some ish.

March 27, 2009 Posted by | Aqua's Clips, Freshness, Hip-Hop, The Boogie | , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments