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Tuesday, Jun 19 2007 | 12:41

Buoyed by their ingenious “Tripe Threat” campaign in 2005 (Buckshot & 9th Wonder’s Chemistry, Sean Price’s Monkey Barz and Smif N Wessun’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 Clik LP, The Last Stand, and Sean Price’s massive sophomore solo-LP, Jesus Price Supastar, which firmly re-established the Boot Camp Clik 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 Distribution umbrella. In addition, the Duck Down website (www.duckdown.com) will be completely revamped with a brand new look and features, along with a new shop powered by Banzai 88, whose clients include: Disco Biscuits, Okayplayer.com, Ropeadope, and Cut Chemists to name a few.

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 Wessun) “Hotstyle Takeover” mixtape and Boot Camp Clik, “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 Clik members’ that were not previously released).

While Heltah Skeltah continue to work on their forthcoming LP, “D.I.R.T.” and even as rumors swirl about Sean Price being courted by major labels, Sean will begin working on his next solo-LP, Mic Tyson, along with a group project with Guilty Simpson and Black Milk, which Sean Price has already begun working on after a visit to Detroit in May.

The projects slated to arrive in the fall of 2007 are LP’s from Smif N Wessun (“The Album”) and the highly anticipated 9th Wonder and Buckshot sequel The Formula (their official follow-up of Chemistry, (Summer 2005).

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) 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, Ill Bill, Young Cee, Yomo and Alchemist among others. The album also features Devin the Dude, Ill Bill, Sean Price, Buckshot, Akrobatik, and more.

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