Buckshot Joins The Simpson’s Cast
BUCKSHOT & 9TH WONDER SET TO RELEASE SECOND COLLABORATIVE LP, THE FORMULA, ON 4-15-08
Super-Producer, 9th Wonder, formerly of Little Brother, has once again teamed up with legendary MC, Buckshot, of Black Moon, and the lead MC, of the mighty Boot Camp Clik, for their follow up album The Formula. The due released their first project in 2005, entitled Chemistry, as part of Duck Down Record’s “Triple Threat” Campaign, which also showcased albums from Sean Price Monkey Barz and Smif N Wessun, Reloaded and Chemistry is now the highest selling album from the campaign.
9th Wonder continues to remain a force within the Hip Hop production landscape. He recently produced the lead-single, “Honey,” for Erykah Badu’s forthcoming LP and is also slated to release a solo album, The Wonder Years on Asylum Records in 2008.
Buckshot has made recent headlines by creating original music for ESPN’s 2008 Men’s College Basketball Programming, along with producing the title track for The History Channel’s “Gangland” Series. He has also teamed up with Lil Wayne for a remake of “Who Got the Props,” which will be featured on Wayne’s latest Mix Tape, which will be in stores shortly.
When it came time to name their second collaborative opus, Buckshot lamented it was an easy choice “Every song is dealing with a topic. Each track specifically has a Formula, hence where the title of the album came from. I am The Formula and I found The Formula with 9th Wonder. I’ve always had a certain sound within Hip-Hop and 9th Wonder helps bring out my unique style. We share a comfort level that allows me to be at ease when it comes to recording and that natural sound translates into great music.”
While The Formula’s lead-single, “Go All Out” f/Carlitta Durand) is already making waves, the video for the single will feature Charlie Murphy in a series of skits with Buckshot. Two-other videos for The Formula have already been shot as well, “Hold It Down” f/Talib Kweli and the LP’s title track “The Formula” which will feature 3D animation.
Fans can watch Buckshot live in concert this year at the SXSW Music Conference, the “Paid Dues Festival” in LA (March) and as part of Duck Down’s USA Summer Label Tour, which will touch down in over 35 major cities.
Tracklisting and credits for The Formula (all songs produced by 9th Wonder):
1.) Intro-The Formula f/ The Formula Crew
2.) Ready (Brand New Day)
3.) Be Cool f/Swan
4.) Go All Out f/Carlitta Durand
5.) No Future
6.) Hold It Down f/Talib Kweli and Tyler Woods
7.) Whassup with U f/Keisha Shontelle
8.) Only For You (Lou)
9.) Just Display
10.) Here We Go
11.) Throwing’ Shade
12.) Shinin’ Yall f/Arafat Yates and Big Chops of M1 Platoon
13.) Man Listen
iTunes Proclaims Sean Price a “SUPASTAR”
iTunes released their “Best of 2007” Editor’s selections and named Sean Price’s “Jesus Price Supastar” LP one of the top 10 Rap Albums of 2007. Sean Price joined the ranks of 50 Cent, Nas, Kanye West, Talib Kweli, Little Brother, Common T.I., Prodigy and Young Jeezy, as other artists given this prestigious accolade.
Sean Price is readying three new albums for 2008 including the return of Heltah Skeltah “D.I.R.T.” (Da Incredible Rap Team), a group project with Guilty Simpson, “Random Axe,” entirely produced by Black Milk and his third and final solo project “Mic Tyson” all set to be released on Duck Down Records.
Sean Price will also be expanding his role in the music business by Executive Producing his artist, Ruste Juxx’s new album, “Indestructible” alongside Dru Ha and Buckshot, of Duck Down Records. Ruste Juxx has been featured on several Boot Camp Clik/Sean Price albums (Monkey Barz, Jesus Price Supastar and Casualties of War) and is most known for his single “Vic Flair.”
Sean Price had this to say: “I’m real appreciate to receive the latest honor from iTunes. My album came out in early 2007 so there were a lot of other records that could have come out throughout the course of the year and mine could have been forgotten, but it clearly shows that my sound is respected in the game right now.”
SHINE WITH STAGE TIME CONTEST:
Duck Down Record’s and HipHopGame.Com are CALLING ALL ASPIRING MC’s:
Do you have what it takes? January 18th, Boot Camp Clik, Kidz In The Hall and Slaine, of La Coka Nostra, and Special Teamz will be performing at the NYC KNITTING FACTORY (74 Leonard Street b/t Broadway and Church Street, New York, NY).
Duck Down Records and HipHopGame.Com are offering the chance for one artist/group to get on stage with Boot Camp Clik during their set in front of a sold out venue. The winning artist will be announced LIVE the night of the show.
Participants can register for the contest by sending an email to CONTESTS@DUCKDOWN.COM. In the subject please write your artist name. In the Body of the email provide your Myspace URL, email address, phone number and home address. The top 20 finalists, chosen by Duck Down Management, and HipHopGame.com will be announced 3 days prior to the show.
The concert on January 18th is an all ages event. Doors are at 11PM. Tickets are available here
Duck Down Records Partners with YOUTUBE & The History Channel
On the wake of announcing its music licensing agreement with ESPN a few weeks ago, Duck Down Records continues attacking the Cable TV programming world by inking a deal with the History Channel’s “Gangland Series”. In addition the label has signed a deal with YOUTUBE, joining their exclusive list of partnered clients, which will include their very own Duck Down Records channel.
Duck Down’s deal with The History Channel’s “Gangland Series” will include Black Moon and Boot Camp Clik’s own Buckshot, commissioned through Man Made Music, creating the original theme and promo music for the History Channel’s popular show “Gangland.” (an MP3 of “Gangland” is attached). Produced by Dirty Elegance, Buckshot was recruited to create a brief intro that would set the tone for the show’s gang related theme. Alternative versions were then created from Buckshot’s original piece; including one performed by Ice-T.
YOUTUBE has extended its exclusive list of partnered clients to include Duck Down Record’s Channel. A content partnership representative contacted the label after seeing an increase in activity on their videos. The new partnership allows Duck Down to highly customize its page, upload larger video files, and receive video placement throughout YOUTUBE’s featured playlists. Dru Ha, Co-Owner of Duck Down Records had this to say about the partnership: “I believe 5 years from now we’re going to look back on Sites like YOUTUBE, MYSPACE, AllHipHop, HipHopGame, HipHopDX, etc and view them as marketing revolutions within the Music Industry. A few years ago (during our Triple Threat campaign) we were phasing videos out, because there were so few outlets for them to air, that it did not justify the expense. Today, we again have a reason to make videos, and while national TV networks like MTV and BET may not offer us coverage, YOUTUBE allows us to put our visuals in front of millions of people. It definitely levels the playing field and gives us a voice. In addition to our traditional music videos we’ve used the platform to air behind the scenes footage, comedy skits, concert clips and day in the life pieces that our fans are eager to see. I mean Sean Price has his own episode of MTV Cribs and Punk’d on the Duck Down /YOUTUBE Channel.”
The Partnership with YOUTUBE comes at a perfect time as Duck Down prepares for the release of 9th Wonder and Buckshot’s upcoming album, “The Formula,” (March 2008). 9th and Buck have already filmed the video to the lead single “NO DOUBT” which stars Charlie Murphy in a series of short skits. Behind the scenes footage from the upcoming albums from Kidz In The Hall, “The In Crowd,” and Buckshot and 9th Wonder’s “Formula” are being planned to air on the channel in conjunction with the release.
View Duck Down’s Channel Here and check out the making of 9th Wonder and Buckshot’s “NO DOUBT” Video featuring Charlie Murphy (Directed by Dru Ha and Rik Cordero) and to hear snippets of the single and the LP cover art: http://www.youtube.com/duckdown
In other related Duck Down Records news: The label has announced that they have officially re-signed one of its original core groups, Heltah Skeltah, and the duo will release a new album titled D.I.R.T. (Da Incredible Rap Team) in the summer of 2008. Buckshot, Co-owner of Duck Down Records lamented “It’s a blessing to have the super-duo of Rock and Ruck, a.k.a. Sean Price, back together on Duck Down Records for what will be their 3rd Full-Length release. There is no denying that Sean Price has re-invented himself as one of the premier solo artists in the game, but his legacy is also that of one-half of Heltah Skeltah. Rock and Ruck have been in the studio daily working on this album with early production coming from Marco Polo, Evidence and Nottz; fans can expect that real gritty Heltah Skeltah feel. Trust me these two will not disappoint.”
In addition, Duck Down will be releasing a new album from 9th Wonder & Buckshot titled “Formula”. Co-Owner of Duck Down Records, Dru Ha says “While there has been tremendous growth and excitement surrounding Sean Price over the past few years, not to be lost in the mix is that from a sales standpoint Buckshot and 9th Wonder’s “Chemistry” from our Triple Threat Campaign (2005) has been our biggest independent release to date for the label. The combination of 9th’s production and Buckshot’s rhymes are as seamless as you get”. “Formula” will be entirely produced by 9th Wonder and will feature appearances from Talib Kweli, Raheem Devaughn, Tyler Woods, and a video for the LP’s lead-single, “No Doubt” has already been shot and will also star Charlie Murphy.
Duck Down Records Inks 5-Track Deal with ESPN:
Duck Down Record’s and their various artists were hired by ESPN to create five original tracks for ESPN’s coverage of Men’s College Basketball. Buckshot, of Black Moon, Heltah Skeltah (Sean Price and Rock), Smif N Wessun, and Tek, of Smif N Wessun all recorded original music for ESPN’s College Basketball programming.
The music will be featured throughout the complete season of men’s college basketball, which kicked off this week.
Buckshot “All Business” produced by Tai Dealz
Tek, of Smif N Wessun “Get in the Game” produced by KB
Heltah Skeltah feat Buckshot “Getcha Team” produced by Optiks
Smif N Wessun “Push It” produced by Sic Beats
For more info visit www.duckdown.com
Below is a link to download the Heltah Skeltah’s “Getcha Team” featuring Buckshot (produced by Optiks).
Heltah Skeltah’s “Getcha Team” was created singularly for this seasons ESPN coverage of college basketball and is not a sample track from Heltah Skeltah’s forthcoming LP “D.I.R.T.” which will be released in the summer of 2008.
“Gotta Say It,” from Smif N Wessun featuring Chuckii Starr, taken from taken from their forthcoming 4th LP, The Album, which will be released on 10-23-07 by Duck Down Records. Tek & Steele getting all political on us? Say Word!!
Smif N Wessun’s “Gotta Say It”
“Dirty Money”, from Special Teamz debut, Stereotypez, which is now in stores today via Duck Down Records. “Dirty Money” features a guest appearance from Ill Bill!
Special Teamz “Dirty Money” featuring Ill Bill
Last but not least, new audio, “Psycho Ward,” from the Away Team’s sophomore effort, Training Day, which will be released on 10-30-07 on Hall Of Justus Records. “Psycho Ward” features a guest spot from your favorite rappers favorite rapper–Sean Price!
Away Teams “Psycho Ward” featuring Sean Price
DUCKDOWN RECORDS TO RELEASE SMIF N WESSON’S THE ALBUM
THE ALBUM TO BE RELEASED
ON OCTOBER 23rd, 2007
SMIF N WESSON Returns With THE ALBUM
Bucktown, USA—–Duck Down Records announces the return of SMIF N WESSON! Tek N Steele will return on 10-23-07 with the release of their 4th LP THE ALBUM.
Ever wonder who originally coined the phrase “Bucktown,” the slang which has since become synonymous in the Urban landscape to describe the concrete borough? That’s right, SMIF N WESSON’s Tek & Steele.
Appearing under the name, Smif-N-Wessun, Tek and Steele’s first-ever recorded experience dates back to fellow ‘Bucktown’ representatives and Boot Camp members, Black Moon’s stellar LP, 1993’s Enta Da Stage. Textured with the murky, dungeon-core production of Da Beatminerz, and crackling with the flavor of a reggae vocal long-forgotten, the collaboration would set the stage for the unique blend of sound clash street-speak which was to follow. And follow it they did– nearly 2 years later, when the fast-rising pair dropped their groundbreaking Dah Shinin’ debut on Nervous Records. Acclaimed by both hip-hop and pop press alike, the record would feature an abundance of single-worthy cuts, including the now-classics, “Sound Bwoy Buriel”, “Stand Strong”, and “Bucktown.” And the fans liked it too, copping enough copies during its opening week to ensure both a #1 slot on Billboard’s Rap Album chart and #3 debut on its R&B measure– impressive stats for a new artist release in any genre.
By the time Tek & Steele began recording their sophomore LP, Rude Awakening, Duck Down had a new recording home and distribution deal with Priority Records and was the talk of the underground scene. But just as things looked ready to take off, Tek & Steele were served a cease and desist order from gun manufacturer Smith And Wesson, which banned them from being able to record under their original recording moniker SMIF N WESSON; hence, when Rude Awakening was finally released in 1998, Tek & Steele were forced to release the LP as Cocoa Brovaz—a road block which would have crippled most artists with lesser talent. Though Tek & Steele signed a deal with former Indy Powerhouse Rawkus Records in 2000, it was short lived, as Rawkus folded its door’s shortly after Tek & Steele had finished recording their Rawkus debut. Yet, the duo remained busy, as they stayed active by contributing to Rawkus’ Soundbombing II (“Get Up”) and SB III (“Spit Again”) and appearing (“Gun Talk”) on Talib Kweli’s 2002 release Quality.
In 2005, SMIF N WESSON released their third LP, Reloaded, the integral and final piece to Duck Down’s “Triple Threat” campaign (which also included releases from Buckshot & 9th Wonder (Chemistry) and Sean Price’s solo-debut (Monkey Barz) and more recently Tek & Steele added their unique flows and deliveries to collective BCC efforts The Last Stand (2006) and Casualties Of War (2007).
After working with some of Hiphop’s great artists, Tupac, M.O.P., Mobb Deep, Talib Kweli and Aaliyah, on their latest opus, THE ALBUM, SMIF N WESSON left their comfortable surroundings in Bucktown to seemingly reinvent their sound, as in a quaint studio in Sweden, Tek N Steele worked diligently for three weeks recording tracks with producers such as Ken Ring (who previously produced “Trading Places” off BCC’s Last Stand album, and “Reloaded” off Smif N Wessun’s Reloaded album), Tommy Tee (who produced “Church” on Sean Price’s Jesus Price Supastar album), Rune Rotter, and Soul Theory. THE ALBUM’s lead-single, “Stomp Thru” f/Rock (from Heltah Skeltah) and Joell Ortiz is already gaining considerable momentum!
After 14 storied years in the rap game, Smif N Wessun are back with their signature name and have created a personal reflection of their experiences in the music industry with THE ALBUM.
Tracklisting and credits for SMIF N WESSON’s THE ALBUM:
1.) See The Light (produced by Ken Ring and Collen & Webb )
2.) Gotta Say it f/Chuckii Star (produced by Ken Ring and Collen & Webb)
3.) Trouble (produced by Ken Ring and Collen & Webb)
4.) K.I.M. 200 f/Loudmouf Choir
5.) P.N.C. For Life (produced by Ken Ring & Rune Rotter)
6.) Gangsta Prayer f/Million Styles (produced by Ken Ring & Rune Rotter)
7.) Stomp Thru f/Rock and Joell Ortiz (produced by Ken Ring and Collen & Webb)
8.) Who Gonna Save Us (produced by Ken Ring & Tommy Tee)
9.) Still Fighting (produced by Ken Ring and Collen & Webb)
10.) Yeah (produced by Ken Ring & Tommy Tee)
11.) Movie (produced by Ken Ring & Tommy Tee)
12.) Can’t Stop (produced by Ken Ring & Soul Theory)
13.) Can’t Feel My Face f/Loudmouf Choir (produced by Ken Ring & Tommy Tee)
14.) Still Here (produced by Ken Ring and Collen & Webb)