Various Artists - Duck Down Presents - The Album  
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written by Evil Pun    
While nowadays every MC you can think of has got their own lame crew to back them up, the Boot Camp Clik are one of the few of these crews with several talented MCs. Black Moon, the Cocoa Brovaz, Heltah Skeltah and OGC have all delivered nice joints in the past, so it's understandable that there was a lot of hype over the BCC's poorly-received 'For Da People.' While it may have a completely different title, 'Duckdown: The Album' is really 'For Da People 2,' a compilation of new joints from Duckdown records (aka the BCC).

And, as you would expect, all of the talented BCC MCs definitely come through on the mic. While you may not be too happy that they recycled 'Ultimate MC Rush' for the umpteenth time, Heltah Skeltah prove themselves to be the best on Duckdown with the 4 tracks that at least one of them appears on. Buckshot, Tek and Steele and the Originoo Gunn Clappaz are also heavily featured on the LP, giving most of the Boot Camp fans what they'd want from this.

Unfortunately, with every crew in hip hop there's a point where the quality ends and the back-ups come in. This Duckdown doesn't fail to disappoint here, as several second string BCC groups fail to live up to the billing alongside the more experienced MCs. Tracks like Illa Noyz' 'Sleepers' aren't a total miss, but I'd have preferred more from the core members of the Clik than the other guys. Deserving a mention for sheer irrelevance is Jandan's 'Raiders of The Lost Ark,' a reggae track that is completely out of place alongside hardcore hip hop joints.

Still, it's hard not to recommend this compilation with solid moments like the huge posse cut 'Duck Down' and Black Moon's energetic 'Jump Up.' While those new to the BCC would probably be better off picking up something like 'Nocturnal' or 'Enta Da Stage' to see the crew at full strength, Duckdown fans will be satisfied with this album, if not overly impressed.









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