Album: Duck Down Presents… Collect Dis Edition
Label: Duck Down Records
Rating: 7 / 10
Reviewer: DJ MF
On the heels of their well received return to the rap game as a collective, “The Chosen Few”, Duck Down and the Boot Camp Clik drop “Collect Dis Edition”, a collection of previously vinyl only singles, collaborations on outside LP’s, and a smidgen of new material to keep the hardcore BCC fans who bought all the singles in the first place, happy… ie. ME.
If by the above statement you’d reason that “Collect Dis” is a disjointed LP with a mishmash of material abound, you’d be very wrong. Amazingly, much like “The Chosen Few”, “Collect Dis” manages to sound cohesive throughout, which in itself can be considered a success.
For those who haven’t been checking for the Boot Camp Clik these past few years, the older cuts with a few exceptions will perhaps wake you up to the fact that even though the Clik didn’t have the publicity or the distro to move units and get their name heard, they nonetheless were still producing stellar music. The two Starang entries, both produced by Black Market Entertainment show a different side of ‘Hurricane Starang’ as he flips over more clubby type beats on ‘It’s A Game’ and ‘That’s What’s Up’, with the former pounding harder solely because the lyricism and the message are much more focused. Other tracks such as the M-Boogie produced (and DJ Premier soundalike) ‘The Real’ by Buckshot will have you furiously nodding your head as Buck breaks down why he’s still the man in this rap game today, even though the superior remix would have been better appreciated. It would also be a mistake not to mention a track like the police questioning ‘No Justice No Peace’ by Buck and Smif-N-Wessun, yet another example of how the Clik can flip from the usual thuggisms to more inspirational messages. About the only ‘older’ entry that will let you down in all honesty is the cliched and boring as hell loop utilized by Steele on ‘You Could Get Shot’ by Buckshot, which by about 1 minute in will have you nodding off.
Of the ‘older’ entries though, the standouts without a question are the tracks contributed by Mr. Sean Price, aka Ruck of Heltah Skeltah. ‘Don’t Say Shit To Ruck’ and ‘Tellemundo’, both produced by 8 Off Agallah are bangers to the highest degree imaginable. Listen to Agallah as he uses Aaron Copeland’s ‘Fanfare For The Common Man’ for his main sample on ‘Don’t Say Sh*t’, and be amazed as you hear Ruck drop lines like-
“I, Sean Price tough like Semper Phi
Sent a fly bitch to kill you when most would have sent a guy”
I mean that line alone had me laughing for a solid five minutes.
‘Tellemundo’ is an entirely different animal, using the same sort of horn inflected sample, but this time with some window rattling bass thrown in. For whatever reason, Ruck and Agallah work really well together, so here’s to hoping they continue to do so.
Moving on from the older stuff however, you get to the real meat of the LP – the new stuff. What you get is a mixed bag.
‘Rush’ by Black Moon is probably the dopest Black Moon track I’ve heard since “Enta Da Stage”. In all honesty, if you don’t like ‘Rush’, you don’t like hip hop. ‘What’s Poppin’ originally was slated to have 50 Cent and Smif-N-Wessun on it, but due to label issues, had 50 replaced with Sean Price… and the improvement is instantaneous as Sean P KILLS it with the verse of the album. Another one of the ‘new’ highlights is the brilliant ‘Fire Burn’ which brings back that old ‘Sound Bwoy’ sound but with yet another conscious message, and MUCH heavier bass. Just dope dope dope.
For every few tracks like those mentioned above though, you get some serious poo poo like ‘Luv Em Or Leave Em Alone’, which although is a ‘sarcastic’ type of R&B flavoured track, is an R&B flavoured track nonetheless, which is something I wouldn’t have ever believed from the BCC 3 years ago even. ‘Mastered The Style’ also shows that Steele has mastered the ‘same old loop on repeat’ style of production too, wasting some ill verses from Ruste Juxx and Tek of Smif-N-Wessun.
The last issue I have with the album is how some of the tracks abruptly just ‘cut off’. It’s done a couple of times, most notably on the aformentioned ‘That’s What’s Up’ and ‘Tellemundo’. Just unnecessary considering it’s not even a MIXED CD. Oh well.
In all, whether you buy this LP is dependent on whether or not you own the singles already. If you’ve been die hard BCC from 94, this is probably unnecessary, seeing as how there’s new vinyl coming out with 4 of the new tracks anyways, including ‘Rush’. If you haven’t bought the older singles, then “Collect Dis” is definitely something you’ll want to look into, especially if you felt “The Chosen Few”, and the new ‘old’ direction the BCC is taking.