New York based Duck Down Records has just signed Seattle based hip-hop group, Blue Scholars, to their label after the duo turned down numerous offers.
Via the the deal, the group will release several upcoming projects through a unique partnership between Duck Down and Seattle’s Caffe Vita Coffee Co.
The first release is titled OOF!, a collaborative multi-media project, due in August. Then, on September 1st, Blue Scholars will re-issue their 2007 album Bayani, which has already sold over 20,000 units to date. The re-issue will include one brand new track and two songs that were previously available only via digital retail outlets. There will also be a brand new full-length Blue Scholars album and other projects coming soon.
The sales and distribution model developed by the group for their upcoming releases will allow them to maintain complete ownership of their music and total control over how it is marketed, sold, and even given away.
“After weighing all the options, remaining independent is without question, the best look,” explained Geo, of Blue Scholars. “Duck Down shares that vision and their track record speaks for itself. With them, we get that national and international push while still owning and controlling our music.”
“I believe Blue Scholars is positioned to be one of the next important groups, not just in hip-hop, but in music worldwide, and I want Duck Down to be a part of that,” added Duck Down co-founder Dru-Ha. “They bring their progressive ideas not just to their music and lyrics, but also in the way they think about and do their business.”
Blue Scholars consists of Filipino emcee Geologic (George Quibuyen) and DJ, Sabzi (Saba Mohajerjasbi). They formed in 2002, and have been rocking ever since.
Over the course of their career, the duo has sold over 60,000 albums and played over 400 live shows. They have developed a dedicated following in the Northwest (selling over 4,000 tickets for each of their last few Seattle performances) and have shared the stage with an impressive list of nationally acclaimed artists such as Kanye West, Q-Tip, De La Soul, Immortal Technique, Hieroglyphics, GZA of Wu-Tang Clan, Matisyahu, Zion-I, Flobots and the Coup.
For more info and to download a free Blue Scholars track off their upcoming album, visit BlueScholars.com.