Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five: 09:04:09
1) Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (Interscope)
2) Slaughterhouse self-titled (E1 Entertainment)
3) Mos Def Ecstatic (Downtown)
4) Dudley Perkins Holy Smokes (1 AM APPROACH)
5) Mr Capone-E Diary of a G (Hi Power Entertainment / KOCH)
At the Amoeba Music Hollywood store this week many of the same best sellers from the past several weeks are still holding strong in the sales charts, with the Black Eyed Peas' latest The E.N.D. locking down the number one position. Meanwhile, up north in the San Francisco Amoeba Music store, Luis reports that among the new local Bay Area releases to arrive on Amoeba SF's shelves this week include Lyrics Born's Variety Show Vol 4 on Mobile Home Recordings, whose 22 tracks include guest spots from such fellow Quannum acts as Lateef the Truthspeaker,The Gift of Gab, and Joyo Velarde. Also just arriving into Amoeba SF this week is The Grouch/Instant Messengers affiliated hometown emcee Alexander Spit, whose new full-length CD Open 24 Hours is sponsored by the hip-hop clothing company The Hundreds.
If you are in the Bay Area this weekend and hungry for some entertainment but low on funds, head to Club Six in the Dark Room, where tonight is Free Friday in the downtown SF club's ongoing weekly series with lots of good music, from hip-hop and reggae, to club classics and more, being thrown down by such DJs as Delivery, Destro, Footer, and Awesome Lee Bad. 9pm to 2am. Free. 21+ Club Six is located on 6th Street between Market and Mission. More info right here.
Not free, but worth the money is the diverse hip-hop show tonight at the Shattuck Down Low in Berkeley. San Quinn, Rankin Scroo, and DJ Apollo are all on the same bill in a One Blood Sound Presents production. And if you are an East Bay resident this might be the best bet for entertainment tonight considering that the Bay Bridge is closed for the weekend -- making travel into SF much more difficult than usual. Doors 9pm, $15. The Shattuck Down Low is located at 2284 Shattuck Ave. in downtown Berkeley. More info right here.
Also happening tonight in the East Bay at The Paramount Theater is Mos Def's The Ecstatic Tour (promoting his new Ecstactic album which is number 3 on the Amoeba chart above) with Erykah Badu joining him and also on the bill tonight (9/4) The Cannabinoids and supporting act Jay Electronica. Doors open 60 minutes before 7:30pm show time and the ticket price range is $99.50 | $79.50 | $59.50 | $39.50.The Paramount is located in downtown Oakland on Broadway near 19th. More info here.
Last week a hot storiy making the rounds in hip-hop circles was the report by New York Daily News that female rapper Roxanne Shanté had gotten Warner, the label that distributed Cold Chillin (her old label), to pony up the cash to pay for her degree. In the story, which was cut-and-pasted and reposted in the blogosphere countless times, she accused the music giant of "cheating with the contracts, stealing and telling lies," to reportedly avoid paying her what she was rightfully owed.
According to the heartwarming newspaper report, Shanté had convinced Warner to honor a contractual agreement to "fund her education for life." However, a couple of days ago The Slate did a follow up report that the whole story was bogus; such an agreement never existed, and the artist never graduated with the degree she claimed to have. Read the full Slate follow up report here.
Below is a great live hip-hop concert exceprt from about a week ago in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, when hometown hip-hop heroes The Boot Camp Clik wrecked it with performances from Clik mainstays Smif N Wessun and Black Moon, backed by live band The Cypher, and featuring several guest appearances from extended family. The video clip below from the August 24th outdoor concert is of their classic "Sound Bwoy Bureill," featuring on the mic mad skilled toaster Jahdan Blakkamoore, whose solo debut album, Buzzrock Warrior (Gold Dust Media), will be dropping in a couple of weeks. Look for it at Amoeba Music anytime after September 22nd.
Smif N Wessun- Sound Bwoy Bureill live w/ Jahdan Blakkamoore (2009)
Jay-Z is gearing up for the release of his anticipated forthcoming album The Blueprint 3 (aka BP3), which, after initially being scheduled for release on 9/11 or Friday of next week, has now been switched back to the more typical Tuesday release date of September 8th. It will be Jay-Z's first new album on his own newly formed Roc Nation label, which is distributed by Atlantic Records. BP3 features lots of sure hits, such as the head-nodding "Real As It Gets" (featuring Young Jeezy).
The new album will be the eleventh studio album by Jay-Z, an artist who once announced he had quit recording, and it will be the final installment in The Blueprint trilogy. 2001 was the year he released The Blueprint and the following year was when he dropped The Blueprint²: The Gift & The Curse.
Decon Records, the Brooklyn label with a pristine track record, will be releasing a new album titled Saturday Morning by Izza Kizza in a few months, which will include the track "Runnin,'" produced by Kwame and, based on the preview I heard of the Otis Redding sampling track, it sounds pretty darn tight -- implying that the album, slated for a February release, should be likewise.
And finally, below are two Zion I related videos. The first is an interivew with Zion I's emcee Zumbi by fellow East Bay artist and LA transplant Jern Eye, conducted in downtown Oakland very recently. Note that Zumbi is one of the several guests to appear on Jern Eye's soon-to-drop second solo album Vision on MYX Music. On October 13th it will arrive at Amoeba Music. And the other video below is of Zion I performing the song "DJ DJ" featuring Deuce Eclipse at last weekend's Outside Lands festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Not included in this video clip is the preface to the song, when Zumbi dedicated the new album track to the deceased DJ AM, whose death had just been announced a day earlier.
Jern Eye Interviews Zumbi Of Zion I (2009)
Zion I "DJ DJ" Live at Outside Lands, San Francisco (2009)