Amoeba Music San Francisco Weekly Hip-Hop Top Ten: 09:18:09 (c/o Luis)
1) Kid Cudi Man On The Moon: The End of Day (Motown / Pgd)
2) KRS-ONE & Buckshot Survival Skills (Duck Down)
3) Drake So Far Gone (Cash Money)
4) M.O.P. The Foundation (E1 Entertainment)
5) Q-Tip Kamaal the Abstract (Battery Records)
6) Nicolay City Lights 2 - Shibuya (Hard Boiled Records)
7) New Boyz Skinny Jeanz & A Mic (Asylum Records)
8) DJ Fresh The Tonite Show (The Album) (Town Thizzness)
9) DJ Shadow Diminishing Returns (Reconstruction Productions)
10) Young Cellski/aka 2Took Mr Predicter (Inner City 2000)
As Luis, the hip-hop buyer from Amoeba Music San Francisco, points out in the above video clip, due to the sheer quantity of new hip-hop releases dropping this week he has had to extend the usual Top Five into a Top Ten Hip-Hop chart. Topping this new weekly countdown is Man On The Moon: The End of Day -- the highly anticpated debut album from Cleveland-based rapper Kid Cudi who got his break thanks to Kayne "jackass" West. West is always a news headline grabbing artist and is still getting grief over his Sunday night outburst at the MTV VMA show from everyone out in the Blogosphere on up to the President of the United States (scroll down to see video of Obama offering his opinion). Another hotly anticipated new release from a new rap artist is So Far Gone from Drake, the rapidly rising young Cash Money star who owes much of his success to Lil Wayne. But note that this is not a full album but a seven song EP and it will not be completely new to all ears since it borrows from a previously released mixtape of the same name that came out earlier this year and that most diehard fans of the man most likely already have. There is one new song on the EP ("Fear"). Meanwhile, the full-length Drake album, tentatively titled Thank Me Later, is slated for an early 2010 release.
On last week's hip-hop chart we had the Large Professor release The LP, an older recorded album from the past decade that got unfairly shelved but just now is getting released. And this week we have a great new/old Q-Tip release finally seeing the light of day! Q-Tip's long-delayed album Kamaal the
Abstract, which originally was supposed to be released eight years ago, has finally come out thanks to Battery Records. Note that the album has been remastered and remixed and has the new track "Make It Work" added. It's a tight album and worth the wait.
The new M.O.P. album The Foundation boasts fourteen tracks, some (not all) in the hard street rap style that we've come to expect from this Brooklyn pair, Billy Danze and Lil' Fame, whose name is derived from their old gang Mash Out Posse. Longtime group collaborator DJ Premier lends his production skills to a track as also do Ron G, and Green Lantern.
Nicolay's City Lights 2 - Shibuya on Hard Boiled Records will satisfy fans of the great Foreign Exchange release Leave It All Behind on which Phonte from Little Brother joined forces with Dutch producer Nicolay. This is kind of sequel to that release.
In the long running Tonite Show series of mixtapes finally comes The Album, from DJ Fresh wtih rap stars from the Bay and beyond too gracing its 22 star studded tracks including E-40, Too Short, J-Stalin , Beeda Weeda , Mistah Fab, Shady Nate, D-Lo, Young Moses, Philthy Rich, The Jacka, Eligh,Bicasso, The Grouch, MURS, Kool G Rap, Money B of Digital Underground, and more.
Speaking of Bay Area classics, DJ Shadow has re-released his 2003 mix Diminishing Returns (only 1000 Cds were originally pressed up reportedly of this BBC Radio recording) in new fancier packaging to accompany this 2CD set that offers up a real deep rich mix of all flavors of hip-hop music, clocking in at two-plus hours. But note that it is filed under electronica, rather than hip-hop at Amoeba Music.
Another Bay Area hip-hop veteran is Excelsior District of San Francisco rapper Young Cellski, aka 2Took, who returns to the new chart with an old release - original pressings of his highly recommended, hard to find, 1995 album Mr Predicter. The album first came out around the same time many folks first heard of him thanks to appearing on Master P's first West Coast Bay Boyz compilation. As Luis notes in the above video, Cellski personally brought these into Amoeba Music - taken from his stored stash of the release from the mid nineties. Get this one while supplies last.
New Boyz "You're A Jerk" from this week's #7 chart entry - Skinny Jeanz & A Mic
Obama calls Kayne West "a jackass" on leaked video