DJ Babu

Duck Season, Vol. 2

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While autumn may be the most wonderful time of the year for hunters, Babu's ongoing Duck Season series makes it excellent as well for beat-digging fans. This second volume balances quite a few Babu-produced breaks for friends and fam (Talib Kweli, Phil da Agony, Defari, and his Dilated Peoples bandmates) with up-to-the-minute shots from the hottest producers in street-level rap (Madlib, DJ Premier, Evidence). The mix gets harder and darker during the first half, reaching a horrorcore peak with an '80s-B-movie production by Alchemist on 1st Infantry's "Serious (The New Message)." From there, Babu pulls back with some soul sauce courtesy of some prime West Coast talent: a remixed DP joint ("Behold My Life"), Planet Asia's "Right or Wrong," and a soundclash with Stones Throw affiliates Medaphoar, Oh No, and Wildchild on "Time to Rep." Near the end, Babu has some fun scratching on tracks from two classic artists: Gang Starr ("Deadly Habitz") and KRS-One ("Underground").

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
1:45
2
feat: Talib Kweli
4:09
3
2:43
4 3:49
5
feat: Jaylib
3:24
6
4:03
7
4:03
8
3:04
9
3:43
10
3:50
11
feat: Planet Asia
4:14
12
3:30
13 3:34
14
3:17
15
feat: Gang Starr
3:29
16
4:35
17
5:09
18
feat: KRS-One
3:38
19
feat: Sly Boogie
4:12
20
3:35
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