I had intended to write a review of the Duck Down 15th Anniversary show at Sonar, but the week got away from me (read: real job responsibilities), and in the meantime, my old pal Rhome Anderson wrote this great review for the Washington Post. Although Rhome’s review is actually of the DC show the night after the Baltimore tour stop, he pretty much summed up my thoughts on the show. One highlight of the Baltimore show, though, was watching Smif-N-Wessun (remember when they went by Cocoa Brovaz for a little while?) perform an entire song on top of the bar.
Running a successful independent hop hip label for 15 years is no easy feat. Equally remarkable, I think, is the way Duck Down made itself know from the beginning. The phrase “it’s a movement” is so over- and erroneously used nowadays, but from the time they started, it seemed like Duck Down really was a movement and presented an entire aesthetic that helped them establish their identity and make a strong name for themselves. While the tour was billed as a 15th Anniversary celebration–and certainly all of us of a certain age indulged in our fair share of nostalgia–it was great to see a newer Duck Down artist, Skyzoo, win over the crowd with an impressive command of the stage.
Check out Skyzoo’s latest video, for his single “Speakers on Blast”:
I just came across this episode of D-Nice’s True Hip-Hip Stories, in which Buckshot talks about the making and meaning of “How Many Emcees”, among other things:
(Click the photo at the top for the full photoset from Sonar.)