Population Control will be released on Oct 25th via Duck Down.
Pharoahe Monch is on the front lines once again and this time it’s bigger than just album talk. Monch is gearing up to release his new project W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) through a partnership with Duck Down Music, while establishing his company W.A.R. Media as a viable entertainment portal. W.A.R. is the follow-up album to Pharoahe’s “Desire” project from 2007. Fans can expect what they’ve come to love from Pharoahe on the new LP; complex rapping techniques that are both intricate and intelligent.
Monch states, “I’m incredibly excited about my upcoming release W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) and my new partnership between my company W.A.R. Media, LLC, and Duck Down Music. This album deals with conflicts and resolutions of the spirit, the soul, the government, and the industry among other things. Thus far it features Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, Jean Grae, Styles P, Phonte, Black Thought, with more to come. It also features production from M-Phazes, Marco Polo, Mike Low, Fatin, Lee Stone, Exile and others to be announced. I am working diligently to finish the work for a summer release and I am honored to join forces with the Duck Down family during their 15 year anniversary.”
Shout out to Matt Conaway of MAC Media who has been keepin LBB posted with recent news for the past couple of months.
Kidz In The hall “Jukebox” music video directed by BB GUN. The video is the first off their LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE album in stores March 9th on Duck Down Music.
The Blue Scholars will be releasing material through Duck Down Records in a partnership with Seatle’s Caffe Vita Coffee Company. The first release in this partnership, Oof! will be dropping on August 25, 2009. September will see the re-issue of the group’s Bayani release with Bayani Redux, which will feature one brand new song and two previously released tracks that were once available through digital download only. A press release from the label promises more full length projects to follow.
This move allows The Blue Scholars to maintain creative control as well as power over how the music is marketed and distributed.
Dru-Ha, the CEO of Duck Down, spoke on what this deal means to his label.
“I believe Blue Scholars is positioned to be one of the next important groups, not just in Hip Hop, but in music worldwide, and I want Duck Down to be a part of that. They bring their progressive ideas not just to their music and lyrics, but also in the way they think about and do their business.”
Distriubition of actual CD’s will be handled by E1, which currently acts as Duck Down’s distribution partner. Digital distribution will be handled by Tunecore and other marketing options will be worked out by the Blue Scholars and Topspin web marketing tools.
For Geo, of the Blue Scholars, the move was one that needed to be made.
“After weighing all the options, remaining independent is without question, the best look. Duck Down shares that vision and their track record speaks for itself. With them, we get that national and international push while still owning and controlling our music.”
Why the partnership with coffee makers? Caffe Vita founder Mike McConnell says this shouldn’t be too surprising.
“Coffee is both international and local, it effects the lives of millions, and it has tremendous ability to generate culture. We believe strongly in the work of the Blue Scholars and their power to look beyond the basic commodity that music has become. We are honored that Sabzi and Geo see that Vita is striving for the same goals.”
*Thats very DOPE news*
Long rumored to be releasing on B-Real‘s own imprint Audio Hustlaz, the Cypress Hill frontman announced yesterday, through Duck Down Records, that he was releasing his solo debut Smoke N Mirrors on the historic New York label.
The deal comes as the latest in a series of the label acquiring veterans, including KRS–One, DJ Revolution and Diamond. Smoke N Mirrors will feature production from Fred Wreck, Scoop Deville, DJ Quik and guest appearances from Snoop Dogg, Buckshot and Cypress Hill member Sen Dogg.
The album is slated for January, 2009 release.
Readying A September 30th Release Heltah Skeltah Are Coming With D.I.R.T.
02. Insane (Produced by Marco Polo)
03. Chipmunk 3000 (Produced by Fatim)
04. Everything Is Heltah Skeltah (Produced by ILL MIND)
05. D.I.R.T. (Another Boot Camp Clik Yeah Song) (Produced by Khrysis)
06. So Damn Tough (Feat. Buckshot & Ruste Juxx) (Produced by ILL MIND)
07. WMD (Feat. Smif N Wessun) (Produced by M-Phazes)
08. That’s Incredible (Produced by EZ Mo Bee)
09. Ape Muzik (Feat. The Representativz) (Produced by Stu Bangas)
10. The Art of Disrespekanization (Produced by Khrysis)
11. Hellz Kitchen (Produced by Evidence)
12. Shmack Muzik (Produced by Sic Beats)
13. Twinz (Produced by Ken Ring)
14. Ruck N Roll (Produced by Stu Bangas)
Very excited for this project…….