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BILLY JAM'S WEEKLY HIP-HOP (W)RAP UP: 07:18:08

Posted by Billyjam, July 18, 2008 08:31am | Post a Comment
AMOEBA MUSIC SAN FRANCISCO HIP-HOP TOP FIVE 07:18:08

1) Lil Wayne Tha Carter III (Cash Money/Universal)

2) Messy Marv Hustlas Motivation Mixtape

3) Jean Gray + 9th Wonder Jeanius (Blacksmith/Warner)

4) Immortal Technique The 3rd World (Viper)

5) Nas Untitled (Def Jam)


This week's number one seller at the Amoeba Music San Francisco store should come as lil surprise. It was Tha Carter III by Lil Wayne, which, despite advance leaks and rampant downloading of its tracks, still managed to sell big numbers (by today's music industry standards) and hit the number one spot on countless charts (both airplay & sales) from Billboard (3 weeks straight @ #1) to KMEL toFillmore, San Francisco rapper Messy Marv Amoeba etc. Luis in the hip-hop department at the Haight Street Amoeba, who kindly supplied this week's Hip-Hop Top Five, said that Bay Area music buyers love Lil Wayne just as much as national audiences (especially considering the historic Bay Area/Dirty South connections), but that their dedication to Bay Area rap/hip-hop, including this week's chart's number two album, is unbridled.

San Francisco rapper Messy Marv (aka The Boy Boy Young Mess), who has been putting it down for a minute, just released his anticipated new Hustlas Motivation Mixtape which went straight to number two this week on the Amoeba SF chart. It's really good too: straight up hardcore Bay shit delivered in Marv's trademark raspy flow with lyrics that give lots of love to the Bay including, of course, Mac jean grae - classic hip hop album inspired designDre (RIP).

The always busy Messy Marv will continue to bring that straight up heat when he releases his next mixtape, Cake & Ice Cream, scheduled to drop next month.  Meanwhile Marv, along with Matt Blaque, makes a cameo on the latest Keak Da Sneak single "Nothing Without You," taken from the self-described "King of Hyphy"'s new album Defied (KOCH) which also features E40, Jacka, Prodigy, and The Alchemist, among others.

Emcee MURS is gearing up for his major label debut in late September, when the popular LA based Living Legends member will release MURS For President on Warner Brothers. In the meantime, leading up to the 9/30 scheduled release date, he is planning on unleashing online, via his site, for free or specifically "for suggested donations," a series of various tracks including "Sweet Lord," produced by 9th Wonder.

The hella busy, ever-in-demand 9th Wonder, who began his career with Little Brother, is everywhere these days it seemjean grae - classic hip hop album inspired designs, including on the much-delayed new release from Jean Grae, Jeanius (her major label debut) on which the Raleigh, North Carolina producer shares album credits with Ms. Grae. 

Longtime fans of the female emcee are collectively emitting a sigh of relief, since rumors were flying earlier this year (based on a cryptic entry by the South African born, NYC raised vocal force written on her MySpace) that she might be hanging up the mic for good and retiring from the music game -- an industry she has been vocally critical of for many years. Thankfully she has not quitjean grae - classic hip hop album inspired design the gender unbalanced rap game, since we need as many quality female emcees as possible.

I think the lack of female voices in hip-hop today, especially empowered ones, speaks volumes about the sexist state of the art form in 2008. The way I remember it, there was more gender equality even back in '88/'92 hip-hop when artists like MC Lyte and Queen Latifah shared the spotlight with their rap brethren than there is today.

Speaking of golden era hip-hop, you've gotta love the series of classic rap album based covers designed for the new Jean Grae/9th Wonder collaboration that are displayed in this Amoeblog. Can you name their sources? If so, please post your answers in the COMMENTS box below. jean grae - classic hip hop album inspired design

Oakland's most famous rapper, Too $hort, has been in the news this past week. It wasn't about any new recordings, but rather about the fate of his recording studio. $hort (real name Todd Shaw) made headlines at sources including the Oakland Tribune and CBS 5 TV, who ran the Associated Press story on their website about how  $hort-dog is having difficulty coming up with the $1 million settlement still due to theToo $hort family of the victim of a 1991 auto accident.

Tireless, hard-working Berkeley Amoebite Juan (aka emcee/DJ Won Way of Secluded Journalists fame) is inviting everyone to come down to the premiere tomorrow night (Sat July 19th) of the novel new club night that celebrates the Bay Area/Brooklyn connection at the Shattuck Down Low (2284 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley).

HELLA MAD is the name of this brand new monthly party that, Won Way says, "pays tribute to the daily, monthly and yearly commuters on the Bay Area-Brooklyn shuttle" and promises "the hardest hitting DJ's from coast to coast and [will] build on creating a conscious community of artists, educators, and everyday change agents." As outlined in the flyer (right) for Hella Mad numero uno, tomorrow night's turntable lineup includes Won Way, Kevvy Kev, DJ Leidis, Jah Yzier, and DJ Profeta, plus performances by The Genie, MC Santero, and Los Rokas.

Martin Luther will be performing live at the Rebel Soul Summer Music Fest on Sunday July 20th with DJ Rich Medina and special guests that will include Kev Choice (who was featured at last weekend's East Bay Express party @ Oakland Museum), longtime Richmond, CA artist Silk E (who many discovered via her affiliation with The Coup in recent times),  Tracy Bartlow & the Starchild Dance Company, and many more -- all at the DNA Lounge, 375 Eleventh St. in San Francisco.

On that same San Francisco street block tomorrow night (Saturday July 19th) at Slim's (333 Eleventh St.), Living Legends' The Grouch will be performing along with much talked about (soon to blow up majorly) East Bay rap trio The Bayliens (who The Grouch has shared the stage with in the past). The Bayliens, who initially crossed paths at Chabot College and whose fourth member is DJ True Justice, are still riding high on the success of their radio hit "Bubble Gum" (feat. Cait La Dee). Immediately below is the crew's EPK (electronic press kit) video clip. 



Finally, check out the video to the fun Christian-message (no, that's not an oxymoron) cover, or rather re-appropriation of Sir Mix A Lot's "Baby Got Back" by Dan Smith, "Baby Got Book" (as in the good book, the bible) taken from Southpaw's Greatest Hits. The video below comes courtesy of GodTube -- the religious YouTube styled website which tags itself as "a video driven social network where users can explore their faith and the tenets of Christianity" and which is "safe for the whole family." Amen!



PS: Check back at this Amoeblog space tomorrow (July 19th) for an indepth interview with hip-hop author Marcus Reeves about his new book Somebody Scream! Rap Music's Rise to Prominence in the Aftershock of Black Power.

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