Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five
1) Q-Tip The Renaissance (Motown/Universal)
2) Black Milk Tronic (Fat Beats Records)
3) T.I. Paper Trail (Grand Hustle/Atlantic)
4) Kurupt & Roscoe The Frank & Jesse James Story (Highpowered Entertainment)
5) DJ Babu Duck Season Vol. 3 (Nature Sounds)
Thanks to Marques at Amoeba Music Hollywood for this week's Top Five Hip-Hop albums chart where, as with the other two Amoeba stores, Black Milk's Tronic, DJ Babu's Duck Season Vol. 3, Q-Tip's The Renaissance, and T.I.'s Paper Trail are all selling well. Also on this new chart is the wild west themed The Frank & Jesse James Story from Kurupt along with his younger brother Roscoe, aka the James Brothers. Guests on this all West Coast rap offering include Too $hort, WC, and Daz Dillinger. Keeping in the brotherly (though not technically siblings) mode is new crew The Temper Twins. Check out the group's cool new video/song "Change It Up" below. The Twins, comprised of Jimmy Temper & Tim Temper plus Shotgun, are a new Hollywood (by way of the East Bay) group whose seeds were first sown 17 long years ago at an Oakland BBQ when then newcomer to the local hip-hop game Sunspot "Tim Temper" Jonz, later of Mystik Journeymen/Living Legends fame, first crossed paths with Julian "Jimmy Temper" Brooks, MC and founding member of the psychedelic hip-hop pioneering duo The Mod Squad who got signed to TNT Records, and then picked up by Priority Records for a hot minute, scoring a buzz with 1992's People's Park.
Later the group fused more electronica styles along with live instrumentation and in 1995 dropped Abstract Truth. Brooks later went off into a house/rave style. Meanwhile the always innovative and prolific Jonz has been building quite a reputation for both himself and the crews he's a part of. After not seeing each other for many years, the two East Bay transplants, each living in LA for many years, accidentally bumped into each other, got caught up by sharing musical creations with one another, and decided to fuse their various styles and influences and voila, the Temper Twins were born. The Twins' style, while pretty diverse, is anchored by a deep bass funk feel coupled with an evident love of the dank. Check out their MySpace to hear such other Temper Twins tracks as "The Grind" and "The Octapuss."
The Temper Twins "Change It Up"
Spill a lil on the curb for Eric T. Breed, known as rapper M.C. Breed, who died on Nov. 22 from kidney failure. On Tuesday last a service was held for the 37 year old Michigan rapper at the House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church in Flint, Michigan. Breed became known from the early '90s when his first and biggest hit single "Ain't No Future in Yo Frontin" by M.C. Breed & DFC. The rapper, distinguished by his raspy voiced flow, collaborated with many artists including 2Pac on the song "Gotta Get Mine" (see video below). Throughout his prolific career Breed collaborated with a great many artists from all corners of the hip-hop map, including the Bay Area's Rappin 4Tay and Too $hort, both of whom he collaborated with on the 1996 4Tay track "Never Talk Down."
In very recent years however Breed's career had slowed down considerably and instead of spending time on music he spent time in prison; he served eight months for a parole violation that was a result of unpaid child support. And in April, a Flint judge sentenced Breed to 60 days in jail as a result of owing more than $200,000 in unpaid child support to three different women. Breed's family asked that instead of flowers that donations be sent to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852. Make donations "In memory of MC Breed." Call (800) 638-8299 or visit www.kidneyfund.org. Fans can also send condolences to the family by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
MC Breed feat 2Pac "Gotta Get Mine"
This past Tuesday E40's long awaited album The Ball Street Journal, which he has been talking about for a looooong time, finally got released and arrived in stores like Amoeba on his Sic Wid It label, via Warner Brothers, who have been working hard at promoting the project. The major label has also been heavily guarding the album against any form of advance leaks/downloading. Not only were the publicists working the project slow to send out review copies in advance plus only posting short clips (not whole songs) of the few video clips from the album, but even the titles of the songs had been heavily guarded right up to the album's release. Just a week before the release Bay Area rap website strivin.com, run by longtime North Bay based Yay Area rap archivist DOXX, got a warning letter from Warner Bros to immediately take down the track listing of the new E40 album. Note that he had no audio samples or downloadable links -- just the text listing the song titles.
The Bay Area (by way of Boston)'s Crown City Rockers are keeping up their usual busy schedule which includes dropping the tight two recent singles "Body Rock" and "Restless." Each features emcee Raashan Ahmad, producer Woodstock, keyboardist Kat Ouano, bassist/producer Headnodic, and drummer Max MacVeety who together capture that real hip-hop feeling so sadly absent in much of today's new music. They accomplish this sound by combining their live instrumentation with classic hip-hop samples and beats. Check out the "Restless" video/photo montage of the East Bay group's recent trip to NYC below. This well made piece was produced by the multi-talented Raashan Ahmad.
Crown City Rockers' recent NYC visit "Restless"
And finally, below is Jake One's video for "The Truth" (featuring Brother Ali and Freeway) from the extremely talented Seattle producer's highly recommended new album White Van Music, released through Rhymesayers Entertainment. The brand new video below, directed by Rik Cordero and the crew of Three 21Media, was shot on location in both Philadelphia and Minneapolis (unfortunately there are no shots of Jake One's North West Washington state hometown). Word has it that the next video from White Van Music, c/o the same director, will be for the even better song "Trap Door" by MF Doom, one of two great Doom tracks on Jake One's guest heavy album.
Jake One feat. Brother Ali & Freeway "The Truth"