Psycho Realm's "Sick Dogs" from reissue of A War Story: Book 1
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five: 07:17:09
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five: 07:17:09
1) Fabolous Loso's Way (Desert Storm/Def Jam)
2) Mos Def The Ecstatic (Downtown)
3) Dudley Perkins Holy Smokes (1 AM APPROACH)
4) Psycho Realm A War Story: Book 1 (Sick Symphonies)
5) Chali 2na Fish Outta Water (Decon)
Brooklyn, New York rapper Fabolous is back with a bang. His fifth and latest album, Loso's Way on Desert Storm/Def Jam, is this week's number one new hip-hop album at the Hollywood Amoeba Music store this week. Like Jay-Z [who, incidentally, appears here on the track "Money Goes, Honey Stay" (When the Money Goes Remix)] and his American Gangster record, the new Fab album also comes complete with a gangster movie inspired theme. Loso's Way is based on Carlito's Way. And the "Deluxe Edition" of Loso's Way comes complete with a DVD of the half-hour plus movie of the same name that is reportedly a semi-autobiographical film. The film also draws many parallels with the original movie character Al Pacino plays in Carlito's Way.
"I think we had some similarities. Carlito was a street dude trying to make the transition from the streets to something better. That's where I felt I was at...transitioning from the streets to a hip-hop artist," the artist told SOHH.com in a recent interview. See a trailer clip of the film below. Meanwhile, the new album, which initially was supposed to be a completely solo work, with no guests joining Fab, now features many cameos, including Lil Wayne, The Dream, Jay-Z, Keri Hilson, and brand new Def Jam artist Jeremih, who appears on the popular single off the new album called "It's My Time."
At the Hollywood Amoeba, Mos Def's latest greatest release, The Ecstatic on Downtown, is still charting and selling well almost two months after its early June release. The other three top selling hip-hop releases at the Los Angeles Amoeba this week are all local artists, including Chali 2na's recommended Fish Outta Water on the Decon label; the reissue of the 1999 (formerly hard to find) Psycho Realm album A War Story: Book 1 from Sick Symphonies; and the Oxnard, CA born and raised singing & rapping hip-hop talent Dudley Perkins, whose latest album Holy Smokes appears not on Stones Throw but on the 1 AM APPROACH label. Standout tracks off this 26-track album include the hard-beat driven "Funky Soul," the socially concsious "Cricket Cop," and the hard funk fueled "The God" that recalls -- for this writer, anyway -- the vibe of Volume 10's classic "Pistol Grip."
Loso's Way trailer
Lots of fun shows happening this weekend in the Bay Area, including, of course, our very own Amoebapalooza at Mezzanine in San Francisco on Sunday, August 2nd, with eighteen (count em) Amoebite related acts peforming, including 40 Love, Rap Review Wintz, W.C. Von der Berc's Gothic Cabaret (featuring Miss Trixie Grace), and Shark Taint, plus Amoeba SF hip-hop buyer Luis, under his DJ alias EL-S, as one of the on-stage hosts. Admission is $5 in advance or $7 at the door (not bad for 18 bands!). 8pm doors. Mezzanine is located at 444 Jessie Street @ Mint in SF.
Tonight, Friday July 31st, at the Madrone Lounge at 500 Divisidero in San Francisco will be some classic hip-hop, dancehall, electro and funk (all vinyl all night) in a faux fun battle between two longtime Bay Area DJs, TophOne vs. B-Love. Doors at 10pm. $5 cover. Also, fans of DJ/producer/artist/journalist Toph One can check him out spinning this coming Thursday, August 6th, at Jupiter in Berkeley. No cover.
Also tonight in SF is the True Skool presented event The Big Payback party with an all star local DJ line up that includes DJ Sake One (PST/Local 1200), Fuze (Digital Underground), Pam the Funkstress (The Coup), D-Sharp (Quannum), and Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist (True Skool), who will be spinning a rich, diverse mix including hip-hop funk, breaks, old school, nu skool, and dancehall. The party is at 330 Ritch (between Brannann & Townsend). 9pm to 2am. $5 cover. More info here.
Best of luck to longtime SF turntablist/DJ Mista B who, as reported here in a recent Amoeoblog interview with the 4OneFunk member, is out this weekend in New York City representing the Bay Area in the 2009 DMC US Finals Battle, which takes place tomorrow at Santos Party House downtown. Check back here for a post DMC battle report from my man DJ ALF who will be driving up from DC for tomorrow's anticipated battle.
And finally, I leave you with my pick of best new UK hip-hop artist to watch: Speech Debelle, whose video for her second single "The Key" is below. She is an amazing talent whose soon to drop (Stateside) debut album, Speech Therapy, released on Big Dada will arrive in Amoeba Music on August 18th. Earlier this week I caught a live video stream of the talented 25 year old South Londoner and her hella tight funk/jazz back up band in a London studio and it was amazing.