Sean Price Music Will Release For Years To Come, According To Duck Down
This month, Duck Down Music (formerly known as Duck Down Records) is celebrating its 20th anniversary. It’s been a challenging year for the independent label launched by Dru-Ha and Black Moon’s Buckshot. Although the label continues to expand its roster and extend its storied catalog, it lost a Duck Down original and flagship artist in August when Sean Price was found dead in his home.
In 20 years with Duck Down, Sean (formerly known as Ruck) released three studio solo albums, three Heltah Skeltah albums, four Boot Camp Clik studio LPs, and one project with Random Axe. The Brooklyn, New York native’s own imprint, Ruck Down Records, was a playful tribute to the label that helped launch his celebrated career, stemming from a breakthrough appearance on Smif-n-Wessun’s Dah Shinin’.
In discussing the anniversary, Duck Down’s CEO Dru Ha spoke to XXL magazine, and revealed that the incredibly prolific Sean left lots of music behind. Revealing that the label is working with Price’s widow, Bernadette, Dru stated that he and Buck’ are planning a number of fan-forward releases from the Brownsville bully. “We were blessed and his wife, Bernadette, was very fortunate as well, with how much music he left behind. He must’ve recorded over 100 songs that haven’t been put out. In the couple of weeks, we’ve done a couple of sessions of going through the files and we’re going to have a lot of music to release from him and keep his legacy going strong,” said Dru, who Sean frequently referenced in his verses.
Confirming that 2016 will see official Sean Price product released, Dru elaborated, “[Duck Down is planning to release some] great specialty items, new music, and box sets and stuff like that. So, we’re going to keep it going for Sean for many, many years.”
In October of 2012, Duck Down released Mic Tyson, Sean’s third solo album. The release was his highest-charting solo work to date. Before his death, Sean was said to be working on collaborative albums with fellow BK veterans Lil Fame (of M.O.P.), and Non Phixion’s Ill Bill, respectively.
Artists such as Big L, Mausberg, and even Pimp C have received increased acclaim through posthumous material. Do you think the brilliance of Sean Price will reach a new audience through awareness surrounding his life and skill?