Who’s Got The Props?!?

Hip-Hop on your radio is dead. I’m sure there is some rap music that you may hear from the radio, but as far as hearing real Hip-Hop you would be better off killing your radio and smashing your television with a sledgehammer. At least here in New York City where the home of Hip-Hop is restricted by commercial outlets all owned by the same corporation you have to go back into the underground to listen to some rappers who still spit their stories about living life in the margins. They fill their rhymebooks up to the margins as well, but we all talked about the value of writing rhymes the other day so I won’t go back into that today.

They say that in business the fourth quarter of the calendar year is when the winners emerge. It’s true for sports as well because you se how the Patriots handle their business on the field during the fourth quarter. We all remember Michael Jordan and his fourth quarter exploits. Even the American Gangster and self-proclaimed MJ of the rap game has been a major player for the fourth quarter of 2007. Whether Jay-Z does or does not write down his rhymes, and whether he has or has never sold drugs are all subjects open for debate and further discrimination. What is not in question is that he will be a wealthy man when this calendar year ends. And with all of his acclaim and success Jay-Z was NOT the biggest winner in Hip-Hop this year.

Duck Down Records has been slowly making a resurgence to prominence in the last few years. Several years ago I was sitting in a dirty, dank, smoke filled Brooklyn basement with members of the BootCamp Clik and underground smut video purveyors BOOZ Entertainment as they shot reels for a Boot Camp Clik x Ghetto Girls Gone Wild video. I thought to myself that the BCC was always the most progressive underground movement. They are the original dirty backpackers movement all the while keeping a gat stashed in the goosedown jacket. While collectives like the Wu-Tang were able to spring up and receive commercial success and fellow Brooklyn backpackers and Rawkus alumni Blackstar were also embraced by he mainstream, Duck Down had remained below the radar.

I say below the radar in the general acceptance sense. Hardcore rap fans have never stopped fucking with Buckshot, Tek, Steele, Rock or Ruck. As a matter of fact, Ruck a/k/a Sean Price might be on more mixtapes than any other rapper in the game now. And that was achieved without kissing another man on the lips or taking off his clothing for the cover of a nationally distributed magazine. If you ever want to get into the music business I would advise you to study the work ethic and habits of Dru Ha and Buck. The fact that they have over fifteen years together as a team in the music business makes them a perfect guideline for weathering the fickle nature of fanhood in this arena. Being able to stay focused through the highs, and especially the lows in the music business will speak volumes about your personal character. I see other collectives in rap that can barely handle their success – G Unit. While others have a hard time staying united when the funds begin to diminish – DipSet. Through the storm Duck Down Records remains and they are poised to have their best year ever.

Forget the fact that these dudes have been touring this year like runaway slaves. The real moves that Duck Down has made has been in re-establishing their commercial profile. Credit Sean Price with doing the majority of the heavy lifting. Between the critical praise of his ‘Monkey Bars’ album and the follow up ‘Jesus Price Supastar’, Sean Price has captured the title of the ultimate underground emcee. Duck Down has used that to springboard themselves into deals with ESPN and the History Channel. These are smart business moves because of the distribution and viewership both networks have. How many millions of people watch SportsCenter? Shit, I watch the 1:00am and the 2:00am broadcasts when I am writing these drops. FYI, fuck the Ohio State. LSU all day bitches.

The real coup that Duck Down Records scored was with the internets video channel YouTube. If you have ever watched a clear video on that site the chances are the runtime was under a minute. You normally have to compress a video to the degree that quality is greatly sacrificed. YouTube will be hosting large format video files for the record label which means that we will see better quality and better production values from their video content. Let’s face the music, literally and figuratively, video content is how people want to receive their information. Typewritten blogs are as dead as ‘snap rap’ in this post-literate civilization. Duck Down Records has once again taken the lead in setting the trends that the major labels and distributors will follow. I know they got the music biz open kid. Don’t front.

  • http://xxlmag.com Kane Corleone

    Always thought they were cool as a collective but when I heard the Fab 5 La Fluer or whateva thats when I thought them niggas was bangin.But I could have sworn they also had little tension in their circle like most rap crews.Shit if not they still bangin….Eskosh ka(ithink).& nah nigga fuck ls-U!! OHten cuz I thought u thought.

  • Latino Heat

    shout out to duck down. straight classic shit for years. i seen them last summer out here in san fransisco and they rocked that muthfucka. as far as that booz dvd they put out a while back that shit had some of the ugliest females i ever seen. i took that shit back to the store. they need to borrow some of the game girls or some shit for the next one. musically though they are the truth. much love and continued sucess to duck down. fuck a major label.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    The chicks from the BOOZ video weren’t so much ugly as they were straight-up ‘hood rat bitches with razor scars on their cheek from their mouth to their ear (that’s called a buck-fifty, since it takes about a hundred and fifty stitches to close).

    Them niggas keep it ‘hood though. Fools was breaking up weed on the chicks asses.

    Good times, good times.

    • EReal

      Thanks for explaining that to the lames, now they can act like they knew.

      *SMH*

  • http://hiphopremix.com/content/view/1010/28/ i Fux aka Etheraldinho

    Yo My only question to Duckdown and Dru Down the og SI of this rap shit, is when are they trekking down to SoCal? Prefferably here in Diego. All Lyrics aside/All Jokes Aside/ I will fuck you up Pah/What the Fuck I look like hunh(c) Sean Price

    OGCeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • 804

    for real, i was glad as shit to see the bcc resurgence in the last coupla years. rock comin back (last stand was nasty), sean price finally gettin a little shine, even the new smif n wessun bangs though its sorta low key. that stomp joint with joell ortiz is disgusting, a track with some other members would’ve been a good look for the brick

  • jg420

    Them niggas keep it ‘hood though. Fools was breaking up weed on the chicks asses.

    Lmao, RIP Pimp C

  • PURPLE HULK

    THERE YOU GO WITH THE DICKRIDING OF SEAN P, STOP THE BULLSHIT YOU DAMN STAN

    SEAN P HATES YOU, NOW KILL YO SELF

  • Danny

    “Will speak volumes about your personal character.”
    ^^Who gives a fuck about personal character if you can’t keep the lights on. This may be their best year but they still broke ass hell. Fuck their pride, they need to get commercial success like the G-Unit and stop walking around with their heads up their asses.
    (I’m done with this blog shit)

  • NoMamesBuey

    ^this above comment by Danny is pure douchery. BX Sunday might advise you to “Danny, pls kill urself” (a joke, pls don’t Columbine urself for real)

    I never consider an Artist’s financial status as have anything to do with the quality of the music.

    I wouldn’t necessarily shyt on Duck Down’s money either. None of us are their account, so how do u say “they’re broke”)Who knows, even if they don’t sell any record, a dude like Sean Price might make $100K+ from the concerts & random guest verses. That may not be Jay-Z type money, but it’s enough to live on, & done so doing something most heads would do a hobby, which is nice.

    Even for the cats do rap as a secondary job, why shyt on their work? Random story I recall watching a random table tennis match from the last 2004 Olympics. The Chinese/architect dude was playing the Chilean/doctor dude. So what if table tennis isn’t “their real job”, they’re still in the elite top tier of a field (table tennis) in the world. Not too many people can say that.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    NMB,
    Extra [||] to you watching table tennis. Even Olympic table tennis.

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    Good point.

    I still push that Funkmaster Flex vol. 2 mixtape (Loud Records) that has the Buckshot freestyle over the classic Salt-N-Pepa beat, “Get Up.” That shit still rides the fuck out.

    Co-sign:
    Buckshot and Dru are good role models for the game. They sure as fuck could have given up, and their industry circumstances would almost make everyone forgive them quitting. The fact that they’re still doing it is a good sign for continuity.

    Really, not many camps outside of Organized Noize and Wu-Tang have had as much success with breeding true artists whose respect status still rides high ten years later. It’s gotta be hard keeping such weird artistic minds humbled and in sync with each other when you’re trying to balance a collective creative movement with low funds.

    But Duck Down had an early movement with Black Moon, Smif-N-Wessun, OGC and Heltah Skeltah, like ONP had OutKast, Goodie Mob, Witchdoctor and Cool Breeze. Neither camp made it happen back then, which makes sense to me now that I see how fonky this game can be. Can’t fault someone for being unprepared, but you can’t crown them either.

    Loyalty – especially in the entertainment business – is priceless. I’d like to see these dudes from Duck Down and ONP on top (nolo) in 2008.

    THE DROUGHT IS OVER…

  • http://www.myspace.com/sinistahmoneybagz Sinistah aka Sidearm Sin

    yo Billy who was da nigga spittin on the ESPN channel? was it Steele? when i first heard it, i thought of you (no homo) and ya blogs about Sean Price and BCC/Duck Down, it also made me nostalgic to the days when you could actually see a Duck Down artist/group played on mainstream radio and video shows…..

    and oh yeah Billy X, if you got any good BOOZ footage (preferably the full videos/DVD’s) would be greatly appreciated…..

    Peace and Blessings from Pifflam, Where the only trees we light on the 25th are Kush and Sour……

    Sin

  • http://www.myspace.com/sogentllc LowEndOfDaChi

    Word.

    Sean Price got busy these past few years, but that buzz started by the 9th & Buckshot album did wonders (no pun intended) for the Duck Down camp.

    I think one of the best moves for them was linking up with 9th Wonder and other Justice League affiliates because it gave them accessibility to that camp’s fanbase.

    I dug Heltah Skeltah back in the day, but the main reason I grabbed Sean Price’s Monkey Bars was b/c the internets was buzzing about how 9th and Krysis had laced ‘em.

    Not to mention them hooking up with Marc Ecko on some cross promotional shit for Buck and Sean Price’s albums. I can honestly say that the business minds of the Duck Down camp know what it takes to capitalize on their growth potential.

    Hopefully they’ll keep killing shit in ’08.

  • EReal

    @BXS

    So do you think P Body is a coward for talkin about smashin your face in the concrete?

    Duck Down is the shit, and dont even get it twisted, theres rappers you’ve never heard of that are fuckin platinum. (Swollen Members) These “underground” MCs have fan bases because they put in work and tour like a fucka. Im on that, if you dont come to my city, Im not buyin your shit, shit, forreal. Their shows sell out and they may not move the units as the majors, but they do move units, sell merchandise, and make more money than probably most of these major artists, cause as an indie with NEARLY NO marketing or promotional budget, and NEARLY NO production budget, they dont hafta kick up.
    At least know SOMETHING about the music business if you think BCC or Duck Down is broke, mo-ron.

  • slimm

    Hood Fellas-Sean Price, Boaz, & HardTymes

    http://www.myspace.com/boazgov

  • el rolo J-ROD

    HOLY SHIT BUCKSHOT, MOFO’S ARE DICK RIDEING NOW THAT THEY KNOW THAT B.C.C. NEVER LEFT. BUT IS ALL GOOD THESE WACK WANNA B’Z, MC, WRITERS,MAGAZINE PEOPLE,WACK AS RADIO D.J.S SUCK A FAT DICK . THE NET IS GOING TO PUT BUCKSHOT WHERE HE IS TRULY THE LEADER OF THIS FADE OUT, SO CALL HIP HOP… NOT HATEING ON KNOW ONE MAKE, YOUR MILLIONS IS ALL GOOD, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY YOU FAGETS WILL WRECKONIZE AND BE ON SOME I WANNA BE DOWN, YOU BETTER DUCK DOWN….MYSPACE J-ROD….ONE REAL WRECKONIZE REAL…. BOOT CAMP CLIQUE 4 LIFE ……..

  • http://WWW.OURTIME-ENT.COM JINFAMOUS

    YO ON THE REAL IM FINALLY HAPPY TO SEE GROUPS AND LABLES THAT ARE REPPING HIP-HOP AND THE UNDERGROUND IN ITS REALIEST FORM GET THERE PROPS.MY DUDES WHAT YOU HEAR ON THE RADIO AND WHAT YOU SEE ON MTV AND BET IS NOT HIP HOP.NIGGAZ LIKE THE BCC BEEN DOIN IT FOR YEARS WITH DOPE LYRICS AND BLAZIN BEATS.IF YOU IN THE GAME WATCH YOUR BACKS BECAUSE BOOTCAMP IS BEEN HERE AND HERE TO STAY.STOP ICE SKATING UP HILL AND FRONTING THAT YOU LOVE REAL HIP HOP AND YOU UNDERGROND FAN YOU PLAYIN.BIGUP TO BK OWN BOOT CAMP CLICK KEEP THAT RAW SHIT COMIN THAT REAL NIGGAZ LUV.