Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Weekly Chart: 10:02:09
1) Jay-Z The Blueprint 3 (Roc Nation/Atlantic)
2) Kid Cudi Man On The Moon: The End of Day (Motown / Pgd)
3) Drake So Far Gone (Cash Money)
4) Brother Ali Us (Rhymesayers)
5) Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Links Pt II (ICEAL)
Five of the big hip-hop releases from over the past few weeks are still selling well at Amoeba Music Hollywood this week, including Jay-Z's final installment in his Blueprint trilogy, Kanye West protege Kid Cudi's debut, and Cash Money's newest star Drake. Also doing well are Only Built 4 Cuban Links Pt II by Wu Tang member Raekwon and the new joint from the Rhymesayers' Brother Ali, which was number one at the San Francisco Amoeba last week. Other tight new hip-hop releases include the brand new The Day After Forever (Gold Dust) by Bay Area crew Crown City Rockers, which has great tracks such as "Clap Your Hands" (feat. Aima) and "That's Life" (featuring Jason Jasper). Tonight there's an album release party for the album at The Independent in San Francisco that will be hosted by Lyrics Born along with DJ D-Sharp and, of course, Crown City Rockers performing. And if that ain't enough, they will be joined by LA’s Breakestra, whose new album Dusk Til Dawn is also just out, and Spaceheater (Blast Furnace is also just out). Tickets $20. Doors 8pm. More info here.
Speaking of undeniably great Bay Area hip-hop talent, the Souls Of Mischief just launched a big worldwide tour and have also just released a track from their forthcoming Prince Paul produced new album, Montezuma's Revenge. The corresponding "Montezuma's Revenge Tour '09" consists of 35 stops in six weeks, including Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Berlin, and LA, where the group played the Troubadour two nights ago. They play Slims in San Francisco on October 20th (with Ghostface) and the Avalon in San Jose the following night. Prince Paul plays on select dates with the longtime Oakland Hiero crew, comprised of emcees A-Plus, Opio, Phesto, and Tajai. So does Swollen Members. Montezuma's Revenge will arrive in Ameoba Music and other stores on November 10th on their Hiero Imperium Records.
Dropping in less than three weeks on October 20th, will be Oakland based Anticon duo Themselves' (comprised of Doseone and Jel) new album CrownsDown. Coming hot on the heels of FREEhoudini, which they released earlier this year while they were out on the road touring extensively in both the US and Europe, the new album displays Dose's unique rhyme flow and the pair's real hip-hop beats, which they play live (no samples) in concert.
Described as a careful and vicious exhibition of mastered rap tactics and sampling ethics, the group draw from their past experiences with the groups Subtle, cLOUDDEAD, and Deep Puddle, and continue to innovate in a genre that often gets stale.
Sad news for hip-hop today with the report that legendary hip-hop radio DJ Mr Magic has passed following a heart attack. The DJ, who was recognized as the first hip-hop radio DJ, was a major influential figure in early hip-hop, especially to those in the New York area who heard his show. Many outside of New York knew Mr. Magic's name via the Mr Magic Rap Attack compilation series -- directly inspired by his radio show -- released on Profile Records.
On the sudden sad news, DJ Premier made a statement: "His (Mr. Magic's) history is so long due to him being the first rap mixshow to ever be on commercial radio on New York's WBLS (107.5) with Marley Mark and Fly Ty in 1982 - 1984. Then he went on to WHBI in October of 1984 and then he went back to WBLS in 1985 and WDAS in Philly simultaneously. He paved the way for all radio stations that ever did mixshows and also sparked the career of Boogie Down Productions due to the diss he showed when they came to shop their demo to him and were turned away, which then sparked 'South Bronx' and 'The Bridge Is Over.'"
Meanwhile, former Tommy Boy Records CEO Monica Lynch said, "Magic played a critical role in Tommy Boy's history. He was the first DJ to play "Planet Rock" on the radio. I remember driving up to WHBI's studio on Riverside Drive with Tom Silverman to deliver him an acetate of it. He played it that night. He also had a talent contest that resulted in Tommy Boy signing the winners, Stetsasonic. Before Red Alert came on WRKS, Magic ruled the rap radio airwaves in the early-mid 80s on WBLS. Sad day for hip-hop. He was a nice, low key guy, family man. Fly Ty did most the talking off air."
And finally, we leave you with one of Amoeba.com's Rameen's fave videos of the past few weeks. This video was floating around on various websites, including YouTube, where it was posted by RapUpTv just two weeks ago. It has already attracted 300 + thousand views/listens and is described as "pure proof that sometimes all you need is a little creativity...Lyric aka Lyrical God."