duckdown at it again

sixteen years ago brooklyn mc buckshot and businessman dru-ha had a vision. they wanted to bring real hiphop to the world, via the groups and solo artists they believed in. duckdown records is the epitome of DIY, independent hustle. that hard work has moved three million units world-wide and kept duckdown’s reputation true as one of the most authentic labels in the world. smif-n-wessun, black moon, krs-one, b-real, pharoahe monch, talib kweli…they’ve all released records on duckdown.

guilty simpson, sean price and black milk are random axe. they’re the newest addition to the duckdown roster, and they’re a perfect fit. random axe, a “supergroup” in every sense of the word, shine on the strength of their parts. sean price, from heltah skeltah is a hard-spitting brooklyn mc, an east coast rhymer, through and through. guity simpson, from detroit, is a story-telling street rapper with a tough-as-nails delivery. detroit’s beat-genius, black milk handles the production on this trio’s tremendous self-titled debut.

milk’s production is drenched in the influence of the late j. dilla. imagine dj premier locked in a room with a zip of kush, an mpc drum machine and an 8th of mushrooms. he creates the perfect blend of traditional nyc-sounding snare and bass with a spacey twist of keys, blips and echo. this is hiphop for fans of beats and rhymes. no dances. no shiny necklaces. no top 40′s hits.


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