Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five: 12-05-08
1) E40 The Ball Street Journal (Sic Wid It/Warner)
2) San Quinn From A Boy To A Man (SMC/Fontana)
3) Bored Stiff The Sad Truth (SolidarityRecords)
4) Kanye West 808s & Heartbreak (Roc-A-Fella Records)
5) Ludacris Theater of the Mind (Disturbing tha Peace/Def Jam)
Thanks to Luis at the San Francisco Amoeba Music store for this week's Hip-Hop Top Five chart. Three of these five best sellers are homegrown Bay Area rap talent, including E40's anticipated The Ball Street Journal which, according to Luis, has been "selling well since it was released last Tuesday." The other two Bay Area new chart entries are from longtime San Francisco hip-hop acts: the Fillmore's San Quinn, whose latest From A Boy To A Man is selling especially well at the SF Amoeba, and Bored Stiff, whose The Sad Truth features many guests joining the multi-member crew including The Grouch and The Jacka of the Mob Figaz. Check the video interview below with Bored Stiff to learn more about this slept-on longtime local act.
Regarding the other two new chart entries Luis says he is feeling one more than the other although, he stressed, each are "good in their own right." What does he think of Kanye West's new album 808s & Heartbreak which many, myself included, have been disappointed in? "Yes, it is hard to listen to as a whole, but if you play certain tracks individually you can see why many people are liking it and buying it. It deserves checking out," insisted Luis. And to his credit Kanye West deserves praise for always trying something new, as well as always sticking to his beliefs. Even if I am not always a fan of the man's music I will forever give him props for his brave outspoken post Hurricane Katrina "George Bush doesn't care about black people" statement.
Similarly Ludacris has been vocal in his criticism of Dubya. In the pro-President elect song "Politics (Obama Is Here)" from the artist's mixtape The Preview, released earlier this year as a sort of teaser for the new album, he rapped ”Yeah I said it, ‘cuz Bush is mentally handicapped/ Ball up all of his speeches and throw ‘em just like candy wraps/ ‘Cuz what you talkin’ I hear nothin’ even relevant/ And you the worst of all 43 presidents.”
"The one that I am bumping a lot right now," said Luis of the latest Top Five entries, "is the new Ludacris album." The ever popular Southern rapper, born Christopher Bridges', latest album Theater of the Mind is the ATL based artist's sixth full-length and Luis picks as his favorite new album track the DJ Premier collaboration "MVP."
San Francisco's Bored Stiff
Bay Area based ABB Records, the Oakland label whose initials stand for Always Bigger and Better and is run by longtime hip-hop fan/DJ Beni B, has just announced its latest release, the first single from Philly by way of Baltimore's Fusion Unltd (FUP), "The Sun" featuring Little Brother, Nickelus F., Hall Of Fame & Skillz. The track is taken from the artist's forthcoming album Cold Fusion, whose goal is, "to bring hip-hop back." For more info check out Fusion Untld.'s MySpace.
There's some damn good hip-hop parties jumping off this weekend in the Bay Area including several highly recommended ones tonight, Friday Dec 5th. Everyone's favorite emcee Murs of the Living Legends will be performing tracks from his recent major label debut Murs For President and other songs when he headlines at the Shattuck Down Low in Berkeley. 9PM door. 21+ $20.
Meanwhile across the Bay Bridge in SF tonight two former members of the long defunct Invisibl Skratch Piklz scratch DJ crew, Mixmaster Mike and DJ Shortkut, will both be working their magic on the wheels of steel at Club Six for the downtown SF club's ten year anniversary party. To buy advance tix and for more info click here.
Also jumping off tonight in San Francisco at the happening club Mezzanine, the video mashup themed SF360 Film + Club party at Mezzanine which is organized by the San Francisco Film Society. The party features the Bay's video mixmasters Mike Relm (whose recent YouTube Live performance won over many new fans) and Stones Throw's main man Peanut Butter Wolf headlining. Also on the bill is mash-up mixmaster Party Ben (of Live 105 and Bootie SF fame). Doors 9PM, 21+. Buy advance tix for $20 by clicking here.
And finally in the cool new gadgets/fun Xmas gifts department, scratch DJ fans will love the new mini turntable speaker (with some simple in-built scratch features), which is available for approx $50 with shipping. It is called "Dreams DJ Speaker" and it is a portable turntable/speaker that, in addition to acting as a regular lil speaker, allows users to flex three types of scratch modes along with the music being played on the iPod or digital player playing through this very compact and very cute looking device. Check out the video display below. And for more info on purchasing one of these cool gizmos click here.