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In concert: Duck Down anniversary show at Liv

boot camp clikTek of Smif-N-Wessun leaps on Sean Price's back during Duckdown's anniversary show Monday at Liv. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP)

By Rhome Anderson

On Monday at Liv, Boot Camp Clik made a compelling case for the all time hip-hop supergroup title over the course of a nearly four-hour show celebrating 15 years of its label, Duck Down Records.

The rap world was different in 1995, and the assemblage of hoodies, Timberland boots and baggy jeans at the U Street club recaptured that era's hardcore, underground New York scene, down to the contact highs, spontaneous rhyme ciphers on the sidewalk and scarcity of female fans.

While nostalgia ran high, a strong opening set by Duck Down's youngest member Skyzoo proved the iconic label is looking to the future. From conceptual tracks like "Frisbees" to club and street banger "Speakers On Blast," Skyzoo quickly won over the few who weren't already familiar.

Lyrics descended in torrents via Sean Price's dense, menacing deadpan, Smif-N-Wessun's nimble line trading and Buckshot's explosive energy. Pharoahe Monch brings one of hip-hop's most complex flows to the camp and the crowd roared its approval when he opened his set dropping the line "I'm top 5 all time, alive or dead" before ripping through a collection of tongue twisting highlights including "Let's Go," "Desire" and "Clap." At the first strains of the Godzilla theme that it samples, Monch's biggest hit "Simon Says" triggered a full venue mosh pit.

boot camp clikSkyzoo's performance bodes well for Duck Down's future.

Smif-N-Wessun kept the energy high over the marathon evening with precise team delivery of "Let's Git It On" and "Stand Strong" from their classic album "Dah Shinin' " before the purest Boot Camp spitter Sean Price led a rap-along over a collection of his multi-layered verses.

Playing the twitchy bantamweight to Sean P.'s hulking heavyweight, Buckshot bounced onto the stage almost three hours in and powered through Black Moon standards like "Buck 'Em Down" and "I Got Cha Opin" then set off the night's second mosh pit with the whole Boot Camp performing the Jamaican dancehall influenced smash "Sound Bwoy Bureill". Noting that they should finish the way the collective started, Buckshot then launched into the 1992 hit "Who Got Da Props?" which brought the show to a riotous close.

boot camp clikSkyzoo.

boot camp clikBuckshot and Skyzoo.

boot camp clikTek of Smif-N-Wessun.

boot camp clikSteele of Smif-N-Wessun.

By Click Track  | October 19, 2010; 2:45 PM ET
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Boot Camp Clik, Buckshot, Duck Down Records, Pharoahe Monch, Sean Price, Smif-N-Wessun  
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Last night was awesome!!! I've been to all of the shows that HIP HOP LIVS produced and this one was by far the best. I look forward to your next show!!!

Posted by: AM34 | October 19, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

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