Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Six: 08:21:09 (c/o Luis)
1) Gas Mask Colony Genuine Masters of Ceremony (Gurp City)
2) The Boy Boy Young Mess Prices On My Head Vol. 2 (Click Clack Records)
3) J-Billion The Beautiful Loser (Risky Bizness Productions)
4) Kaz-Well FIsh Outta Water (Tape Vault Records)
5) Heliocentrics Fallen Angels (Now Again)
6) Slaughterhouse self-titled (E1 Entertainment)
As my man Luis @ Amoeba Music San Francisco points out in his quick run-down of the new hip-hop top six CDs of the week, two thirds are Bay Area homegrown releases, proving the Bay (and SF in particular these days) is in a most healthy and prolific state of rap creativity. In the number one chart position is Gurp City's own Gas Mask Colony with the brand new full-length Genuine Masters of Ceremony. Also repping the Bay is Messy Marv under his alias The Boy Boy Young Mess and his second installment in the mixtape series Prices On My Head (The Money On Yo Family) Vol 2 with an impressive lineup that includes guests Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy & Lil Webbie. Meantime, SF rap artist Kaz-Well -- self described “hip-hop geek" -- has a nice retro hip-hop feel to his brand new CD Fish Outta Water which, note, is titled exactly the same as the new release from SoCal hip-hopper Chali 2na. Great minds think alike, I guess.
Meanwhile J-Billion titled his new release The Beautiful Loser, which is similar to a Leonard Cohen book (titled Beautiful Losers) and he's packed it with passionate ryhmes. In the inside spine of the CD he writes: "Tomorrow only exists in the minds of dreamers and losers." Keep on eye on this act -- he's good. Meanwhile, I've only checked out two songs off the new Heliocentrics album Fallen Angels, but they were really nice, and the sort of hip-hop that pushes the envelope rather than regurgitating the same old, same old, which is what you would expect from a talent studded project like this. It includes DOOM, Vast Aire, Guilty Simpson, Percy P, and others. Slaughterhouse's self-titled relase is being launched as a hip-hop supergroup since it consists of the popular current rap heavyweights Joe Budden, Royce Da 5' 9, Crooked I and Joell Ortiz, who join forces for this release.
In national rap news, this week rapper Bow Wow announced via Twitter that he has inked a deal with Cash Money Records. "It's official, BOW WOW IS A CASH MONEY MILLIONAIRE," he tweeted this week in his announcement that he would be joining the ranks of Lil Wayne and Drake. Maybe he can help Weezy finnish that damn album we've been waiting on.
And in not so pleasant and nice news, rapper Corey "C-Murder" Miller (brother of Percy "Master P" Miller with whom he was a member of TRU, the group that also featured their other brother Silkk The Shocker) has been sentenced to life in prison for his second-degree murder conviction. The ruling came down last Friday when District Judge Hans Liljeberg gave Miller the mandatory life sentence, just days after the rapper was found guilty of the 2002 killing by a Louisiana jury. The 38-year-old Miller was convicted of shooting 16-year-old fan Steve Thomas at a now-closed nightclub in Harvey. It was the second time that a jury convicted Miller in the case, but a 2003 conviction was overturned.
DJ Quest feat Bas-1 "Who! What"
Above is the newly produced video for the DJ Quest song "Who! What" featuring Bas-1 off the San Francisco turntablist/producer's current album Questolous. Tonight (Friday, August 21st) from 6pm til about 7:30pm, the Mission District's DJ Quest, who has performed several times already on the Amoeba Music San Francisco stage, will be at the center of an instore that will feature the kids from Horizons Unlimited/DJ Project and DJ Quest's School of DJ Arts Youth DJs as part of the ongoing Amoeba Music Mandala DJ Series. Check out more info here.
Tomorrow (Saturday) night in San Francisco the Emergence Music Series SF featuring Kev Choice Ensemble and J Myers will be jumping off at the Elbo Room. Kev Choice, who headlines, was the former musical director for Lauryn Hill and is typically joined onstage by the full ten-piece edition ensemble. Emcee/singer, guitarist and producer J Myers produced two tracks on Nas' last album and was featured as a spotlight artist on BET's 106 & Park. Also on the bill is DJ BeatsMe from local TV show Distortion 2 Static. 10pm showtime. $10 advance/$12 at the door. Elbo Room is located at 647 Valencia St. [near 18th] in the Mission District of San Francisco.