Duck Down Artists Old & New Celebrate By Performing The Hits, For 3 Hours (Video)
How many labels in Hip-Hop can get all of their artists over the last 20 years back together on stage?
Duck Down Music (a/k/a Duck Down Records) celebrated its 20th anniversary this month. On B.B. Kings’ Manhattan stage, founders Dru Ha and Buckshot Shorty celebrated this massive milestone accomplishment with a historic revue. From Boot Camp Clik/Duck Down keystone Black Moon, to 2000s label acts like Pharoahe Monch and Torae, the roster throughout the two decades showed up. With DJ Evil Dee and Da Beatminerz behind the turntables, Juan Epstein (Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg) playing hosts, it was a homecoming for B.C.C. as well as later acts and affiliates, plus a tribute to the late Sean Price. Also, perhaps the biggest artist beyond the Clik to join D.D., KRS-One, appeared. It is his Boogie Down Productions song that gave the label its namesake. Just days after the release of his own Now Hear This album, The Teacha rocks a classic set with lots of animation. He and Buck’ share the microphone, calling back to their collaborative effort, years later.
Those who participated include Black Moon, Smif-n-Wessun, O.G.C. (Originoo Gun Clappaz), Rockness Monstah (of Heltah Skeltah), Sean’s widow Bernadette Price, KRS, Monch, Your Old Droog, Evil Dee, Mr. Walt, and Hip-Hop pioneer DJ Kool Herc.
In addition to some interview moments, Sean Price comedy clips, and messages from artists to the crowd, the three-hour video is filled with grabbing performances of hit records and some forgotten rarities that have made Duck Down one of the greatest labels in Hip-Hop history. The audio and video footage is great to any Heads who could not attend.
Here’s to 20 more years, and then some!