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15 Years of Duck Down [PA]
1. Who Got the Props (Enta Da Stage) - Black Moon
2. Sound Bwoy Burial (Sa Shinin) - Smif-N-Wessun
3. Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka (Nocturnal) - Fab 5 - (featuring Heltah Skeltah/O.G.C.)
4. No Fear (Da Storm) - O.G.C.
5. Headz R Readee, Pt. 2 (For the People) - Boot Camp Clik
6. Black Trump - Smif-N-Wessun - (featuring Raekwon)
7. 2 Turntables & a Mic (War Zone) - Black Moon
8. Super Brooklyn [Single] - Smif-N-Wessun
9. Don't Say Sh*t to Ruck [Single] - Sean Price
10. And So (Chosen Few) - Boot Camp Clik
11. Stay Real (Total Eclipse) - Black Moon
12. D&D Soundclash [Collect Dis Edition] - Smif-N-Wessun
13. No Comparison (Chemistry) - 9th Wonder/Buckshot
14. Here We Come (Last Stand) - Boot Camp Clik
15. P-Body (Jesus Price Superstar) - Sean Price
16. Drivin Down the Block (The In Crowd) - Kidz in the Hall
17. Robot (Survival Skills) - KRS-One/Buckshot
18. I'm Better Than You - Skyzoo/Promise/Sean Price/Buckshot
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 12160
Had it been labeled "The Best of Duck Down," this compilation would likely provoke protests from hip-hop historians craving greater representation for such seminal LPs as Black Moon's Enta da Stage and Smif-N-Wessun's Dah Shinin' and questioning the inclusion of more gimmicky cuts like "Super Brooklyn" and "I'm Better Than You." Nonetheless, 15 Years is more of a retrospective than a greatest-hits comp, and as such, there's not much room for dwelling on individual moments of glory. Instead, the chronologically ordered track list keeps things moving from year to year, and many of the label's best LPs (Heltah Skeltah's Nocturnal, O.G.C.'s Da Storm, Cocoa Brovaz's The Rude Awakening, Boot Camp Clik's A Chosen Few) are represented by a single track each. The fact that Sean Price has two whole solo joints included here (aside from appearances as a part of Heltah Skeltah and the larger Boot Camp collective) should speak to his status as the label's biggest and most active star. The fact that this comp is centered on the Boot Camp Clik and its members should come as no surprise. Still, the sole track with absolutely zero Boot Camp affiliation, Kidz in the Hall's "Drivin' Down the Block," feels out of place. The 18-deep track list could have better reflected the label's recent diversification, with releases by non-Boot Camp (and non-New York) artists like Special Teamz, DJ Revolution, Marco Polo, and B-Real, among others. Nonetheless, a start-to-finish listen to 15 Years of Duck Down provides an enjoyable sampling of the enduring label's output as well as an inkling as to how East Coast rap evolved over a decade-and-a-half. ~ Matt Rinaldi
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