BERKELEY AMOEBA MUSIC HIP-HOP TOP FIVE: 08:08:08
1) Diplo Top Ranking Santogold (Mad Decent)
2) NaS Untitled (Def Jam)
3) Zo! & Tigallo Love the 80's (Hall of Justus Records)
4) Lil Wayne Tha Carter III (Cash Money/Universal)
5) The Roots Rising Down (Def Jam)
Just 366 days to 09:09:09. Meantime, happy 08:08:08 and thanks to Tunde at the Berkeley Amoeba Music for this week's hip-hop top five on which the number one album of the week comes care of superstar DJ/producer Diplo who, in keeping with what he did on MIA's Piracy Funds Terrorism mix, delivers the goods with a killer 75 minute mix of Brooklyn female vocal force Santogold mixed with a ton of other sources. Incorporating music off of her recent debut release along with other material, Diplo serves up original blends/mixes of Santogold and other artists' that run the gamut from dubstep to Dirty South. The non-stop, hour and a quarter, 35-track mix, which is heavy on the old school and reggae flavors, includes a refreshingly diverse mix of music that Diplo makes fit perfectly together. Included are Barrington Levy, Three 6 Mafia, Devo, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Sister Nancy, The Clash, and B-52's.
Zo, along with Tigallo (aka Phonte) from Little Brother, have merged forces to record and release this week's chart's number 3 entry: the limited edition (reportedly only 2,500 copies pressed & individually numbered) Love the 80's. A throwback, fun r&b based EP (right down to the cover art), it combines the smooth, slick production by Zo topped with Phonte’s vocal chops as they cover some of their favorite songs from that colorful decade known as The 80's. Also included are remixes by Trackacademicks and Nicolay.
Still selling well at the Berkeley Amoeba are Lil Wayne's unstoppable Tha Carter III; The Roots latest, Rising Down; and NaS' new untitled album on Def Jam. The Queens emcee has been busy this past week, turning in really good performances at the NY version of the Rock The Bells show at Jones Beach, Long Island on Sunday. The show was an appropriately New York hip-hop centric fest with lots of ol skool acts including the recently reformed A Tribe Called Quest. NaS' set included Jay-Z and Busta Rhymes each joining him onstage for different tracks. The following day NaS was on the Wendy Williams television show in NYC (filmed Monday, broadcast Tuesday) for an interview and a performance (with full band) of "Hero" -- the single off the new album.
DJ Teeko from San Francisco DJ crew 4onefunk is preparing for a trip out to New York to display the new turntable creation Controller One that he, along with DJs Ricci Rucker, Mike Boo, Woody, and D-Styles, designed from scratch (pun intended) for Vestax. The DJ, along with a group of musicians, unveiled the creation a few months back at the Elbo Room club on Valencia in SF. His New York appearances will include demonstrating the new turntable on a bill with DJ QBert and Ill Insanity with Roc Raida at the Knitting Factory here in NYC on Tuesday (August 12) and on WFMU on Friday (August 15).
The DJ, pictured right with hometown hip-hop colleague emcee Z-Man, describes this new turntable invention as "almost like a mellotron-- instead of the tape spinning, it's a record that you can scratch and receive midi." Check out the video below of Teeko at the Elbo Room on May 31st playing the Controller One and check back here in the coming weeks for an in-depth Amoeblog interview with him about this turntable creation. Meanwhile, for more info check out his site or 4onefunk's.
Recommended hip-hop shows in the Bay Area this weekend include Step tonight (8/8) and every second Friday at Otis, where DJ heavyweights Vinroc, Shortkut, and Brigidope promise to "shed the typical party formula and bring you something a little different.... from soul to house to hip hop... downtempo ambient to reggae... all tastemakingly mixed in a way only veteran DJs can."
And tomorrow night (Saturday Aug 9th) in the East Bay is the Stunna Shades Nite Seven party at The Manor in San Leandro on a bill that includes Kefani, Plain, Drew the Duke, DJ Eddie, and A.G. Cubano.
U Don't Hustle. U Don't Eat are not just words to live by. They are also the title of the forthcoming album from promising Bay Area rap talent A.G Cubano, who is working busily in preparation for the Fall release of his album U Don't Hustle U Don't Eat. Vol 1. Lately A.G. Cubano has been hella busy running round town dropping off flyers at places like Amoeba and doing whatever he can to promote his great new single "I'm Winnin,'" which features The Jacka, San Quinn, and Matt Blaque.
The rapper's flyers both hype the song, the first single off his forthcoming album, and encourage peeps to call into KMEL radio to request it. Has it gotten into rotation? "No, not yet," said the always positive thinking artist who, by naming his album Vol. 1 is already prepping for the 2009 sequel. Furthermore, A.G., who currently has the underground CD SIX50 California Lifestyle available, understands that getting ahead in the Bay rap game is a mixture of talent and hard work, combined with who you know.
Who you know also translates into who guests on your CD, which in turn can often guarantee grabbing the attention of radio station programmers and rap fans alike. And for the appropriately titled U Don't Hustle U Don't Eat, he has enlisted such names as the aforementioned San Quinn, The Jacka, and Matt Blaque as well as album guest shots from Nate Dogg, Turf Talk, Big Rich, Goldy Gold of The Federation, Click Clack Gang and others.
Another marketing approach, as any rapper these days will tell you, is to release a mix tape CD, preferably just in advance of the official album release. A.G. has planned for his mixtape to drop about a month in advance of U Don't Eat's scheduled November street date. Feet To The Street will be the name of the A.G. Cubano mix tape being laced up by the Bay's top mix tape masters the Demolition Men and will feature "I'm Winnin.'" Look for both releases at the two Bay Area Amoeba stores and keep an eye on the artist's MySpace for updates and sneak previews. Meanwhile, peep at the video clip below of the studio session for "I'm Winnin" with The Jacka. And check back over the weekend for the second installment in this week's two-part Hip-Hop Round Up.