Jamoeblog Top Ten 10:15:08
1) Paris "Don't Stop The Movement" (Guerrilla Funk)
2) The Mighty Underdogs "UFC remix (cuts by DJ Shadow)" (Definitive Jux)
3) Madlib "Gamble On Ya Boy (feat. Defari)" (Rapster/BBE)
4) People Under The Stairs "Up Yo Spine (Live at the Fishbucket pt. 3)" (Gold Dust)
5) Mike Relm "Everytime (feat. Del & Adrian Hartley)" (Radio Fried Records)
6) Jake One "Trap Door (feat. MF Doom)" (Rhymesayers)
7) Hu$tle Simmons "Over and Out (feat Buff 1 & DJ Cru Cut)" (Break Bread/Traffic)
8) Murs "The Science" (Warner)
9) Mulatto Patriot "Audio Terrorist (feat. Ras Kass, Casual, & Proper Jones)" (MP Productions)
10) Tech N9ne "Blackboy (feat. Ice Cube, Brother J, & Krizz Kaliko" (Strange Music)
The number one track on the (song-based & subjective) Jameoblog Top Ten chart this week is "Don't Stop The Movement" -- the first single off Bay Area political emcee Paris' amazing new album Acid Reflex (Guerrilla Funk/Fontana/Universal). The record's release date has been pushed back and delayed by several weeks until October 28th. The inspired video (above) for "Don't Stop The Movement," which was just completed this week, was directed by Cory Shaw of Buildestroy Inc. who also did the video for The Grouch's great song "Artsy" earlier this year.
One of the goals outlined by Paris on the new album is for more of an equal balance between positive and negative influences in entertainment, particularly in hip-hop, and he targets many superficial hip-hop and entertainment figures on the new album. The video above mocks Flavor Flav, even though Flav's long time musical partner Chuck D appears elsewhere on the new album and Public Enemy's music has been released by Paris' record label. Note that Flav and his cartoon image also got heavily criticized recently by both Chris Rock in his HBO special Kill The Messenger that aired a couple of weeks ago, and by David Allen Grier on the premiere edition of Chocolate News, in "The Death of Hip-Hop" skit to air tonight on Comedy Central.
As always, Paris pulls no punches on this new release and tells it like it is, preaching non-stop about what he sees as the ills of our society and their causes. But more importantly, the stubbornly socially and politically charged Paris (born Oscar Jackson), who constantly fights on behalf of the poor and oppressed, practices what he preaches and is offering a unique prize to those who buy the new album: a chance for three lucky individuals to each win $10,000 towards either a college education or housing down-payment.
Three randomly placed tickets will be slipped into CD copies of Acid Reflex with the three winners' prizes being a ten-thousand dollar award redeemable as a scholarship towards any kind of post-high school education or towards housing expenses. "I realize that money is tight for many people and that music is becoming less and less of a priority when everything is rising but wages," said Paris. "We're living in the hardest economic times in recent memory, and this is a perfect way for me to try to ease the pain for my supporters." To win, you must purchase an Acid Reflex CD at a physical retail location such as Amoeba Music. Only the 3 winning CDs will have notifications inside them. The contest does not apply to vinyl versions of the new album. Check back here for an interview with Paris when Acid Reflex drops in two weeks. Meantime, for more information on the album and the artist visit the websites GuerrillaFunk.com and myspace.
Also reppin' the Bay Area in the above chart is the new Quannum/Definitive Jux collaborative project Droppin' Science Fiction from The Mighty Underdogs featuring Quannum emcees Lateef the Truth Speaker and Gift of Gab, along with Bay Area producer Headnodic. This is one tight-ass album that demands repeated listens and features a ton of other talent incuding DJ Shadow, Lyrics Born, Chali 2na, Mr Lif, Afrobatik, Tash (Alkaholiks), MF Doom, Zion I, and Casual. Longtime Oakland emcee Casual is busy these days. In addition to this album and the new Jake One joint (read below), he also is one of the several guests on the new album Sonic Visuals from Illinois' Mulatto Patriot. Ras Kass and Proper Jones also cameo on the track "Audio Terrorist" by the Chicago-based producer Mulatto Patriot. Other guests include Pumpkinhead, Pugslee Atomz, and Mena. Emcee Czar Absolute and singer Maggie Vagle appear on the first single off the new album (out next Tuesday), "Cadillac Vinyl." Peep the video for this single below, which is an ode to the original music that directly inspired hip-hop and shows much love to the art of record store crate-diggin. (I believe that is Revolver Records in Chi-town where it was shot.)
Madlib and People Under The Stairs' new albums, both of which are selling well at Amoeba Music, are off the chain. PUTS' Fun DMC is an instantly engaging, sincere tribute to the art of hip-hop, and songs like "Up Yo Spine (Live at the Fishbucket pt. 3)" perfectly capture an old-school flavor while somehow simultaneously managing to sound fresh and new. It'll restore your faith in hip-hop if you had lost hope lately. Click here to see pics from the PUTS Amoeba Berkeley in-store on October 1st and also check out information on the LA duo's upcoming PUTS Amoeba Hollywood in-store here. The show will be Thursday of next week.
Meanwhile Madlib the Beat Konducta's guest-heavy new album WLIB AM: King of the Wigflip is loosely structured like an old AM soul/rhythm & blues radio show with lots of old school samples in the mix. Of the numerous great tracks on this album by the talented producer, I like the ones with Talib Kweli, J-Rocc, Murs, Frezna, Karriem Riggins, Oh No, and Defari ("Gamble On Ya Boy").
Other entries on the Jameoblog this week include Seattle producer Jake One's track with MF Doom -- one of the two dozen, plus guests (aforementioned Casual as well as Keak Da Sneak rep the Bay Area) on his new White Van Music album, and Cali emcee Murs who tore it up at his Amoeba Hollywood in-store two weeks ago.
Also on the top ten is Tech N9ne, whose new ablum Killer is a double CD set featuring a total of 32 tracks including the song "Blackboy" featuring Ice Cube, Brother J, & Krizz Kaliko. There's also SF DJ Mike Relm, whose debut album Spectacle (featuring the track "Everytime" with Del the Funky Homosapien and Adrian Hartley) is going to blow up, I'm predicting. Check out a live concert video of the DJ, who incorporates lots of video into his audio sets, below:
MIKE RELM LIVE IN CONCERT
MULATTO PATRIOT's "CADILLAC VINYL" FEAT. CZAR ABSOLUTE & MAGGIE VAGLE