Wednesday, January 14, 2009 | Posted in ,,

Ex-Beat Junkie and Dilated Peoples refugee Babu takes the time-honored hip-hop tradition of the master mix and twists it up a bit. A well-traveled and well-respected man, the Los Angeles turntablist is an emcee's DJ who got his start during the early '90s, a fact reflected in Duck Season, Vol. 1's almost lazily nostalgic selection. Overall, the production work reigns supreme over fairly mediocre lyricism. However, the album's old-school feel is strengthened by Babu's tight mixing skills. Not only are the songs well blended, he actually chops things up a bit with a taste of cut 'n' scratch and some nice backspin techniques. Random snippets of dialogue and sound effects tie into the Duck Season theme. New York is repped to full effect by solid cuts from Bumpy Knuckles, M.O.P., and the Beatnuts, while Phil Da Agony and Jurassic 5 hold it down for the West.

01. Duck Season Intro
02. Watch Out (Feat. De La Soul & Jose “Perico” Hernandez)
03. Kronkite (Feat. The Creators & Phil Da Agony)
04. Duck Season (Feat. The Beatnuts & Al' Tariq)
05. Concrete Nigga (Feat. Major)
06. Patch Up The Pieces (Feat. DJ Muro & Bumpy Knuckles)
07. Follow Instructions (Feat. M.O.P.)
08. Cake (Feat. Pete Rock & The U.N.)
09. Sight For Sore Eyes (Feat. Kankick & Visionaries)
10. Stand Clear (Feat. Baby Blak & Crushall)
11. Behold My Life (Feat. Defari)
12. Microphone Mathematics (Remix) (Feat. Quasimoto)
13. Center Of Attention (Feat. Dilated Peoples, Souls Of Mischief & Pep Love)
14. Gold Chain Music (Feat. Bumrush Bros., Planet Asia & Evidence)
15. The Man: The Icon (Feat. Big Daddy Kane)
16. Ducky Boy (Feat. Jurassic 5)

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