Duck Down Music Inc is a New York City based record label, talent management, music-marketing, and consulting company founded by Drew “Dru-Ha” Friedman and Kenyatta “Buckshot” Blake in 1995.
Home of established hip hop groups Black Moon, Smif-N-Wessun, Sean Price, Pharoahe Monch, Black Rob, 9th Wonder & Buckshot, KRS-One & Buckshot, B-Real of Cypress Hill (solo), Heltah Skeltah, Boot Camp Clik, as well as relative newcomers: The Away Team (group), Statik Selektah, Skyzoo, Random Axe (Sean Price, Black Milk, Guilty Simpson), Promise, David Dallas, Marco Polo, Ruste Juxx, Torae, Blue Scholars, and Kidz in the Hall.
Duck Down (whose name derived from Boogie Down Productions’ 1992 hit single of the same name) was originally established as a management company in 1994 to manage the careers of Buckshot’s group Black Moon and Smif-N-Wessun. In 1995, co-owners Drew “Dru Ha” Friedman and Kenyatta “Buckshot” Blake launched Duck Down Music.
After successful debut releases from Black Moon (Enta da Stage) and Smif-N-Wessun (Dah Shinin’), Duck Down entered into a label distribution deal with Priority Records, at the time EMI’s top hip hop label, which was home of N.W.A and Master P’s No Limit Records. Within the first year of the deal, Dru Ha & Buckshot introduced its two newest acts simultaneously: Heltah Skeltah and O.G.C. merging the two groups, forming a quintet, which they dubbed the Fab Five. At Priority/EMI, Duck Down eventually brought over the rest of its core roster, which consisted of the Boot Camp Clik, members: Black Moon, Smif-N-Wessun, Heltah Skeltah, and O.G.C.. They released nine albums with Priority Records between 1995-2000.
In 2002, Duck Down entered a new physical distribution partnership with Navarre Corporation for their CD and DVD products in the U.S. and Canada. Duck Down retained its Digital Distribution rights and has its own direct deal with iTunes. Duck Down produces, manufactures and markets its products independently.