Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Weekly Chart Top Ten: 10:16:09
1) People Under The Stairs Carried Away (OM)
2) Ghostface Killah Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City (Def Jam)
3) Crown CIty Rockers The Day After Forever (Gold Dust Media)
4) Del the Funky Homosapien & Tame One Parallel Uni-Verses (Gold Dust Media)
5) Jern Eye Vision MYX
6) BK-One with Benzilla Radio Do Canibal (Rhymesayers)
7) Skyzoo The Salvation (Duck Down)
8 Antipop Consortium Fluorescent Black (Big Dada)
9 Jay Are (J Rawls & John Robinson) The 1960's Jazz Revolution Again (Groove Attack)
10) Nump Student Ov Da Game (30-30 Sic Wid It Records)
People Under The Stairs (PUTS) are both back on San Francisco label OM Records for their latest album Carried Away, and back on top of the new San Francisco Amoeba Music Top Ten chart, which comes courtesy of Luis at the Haight Street store. "It's a real good album," enthused Luis of the new Thes One + Double K (PUTS) release, which is album number seven from the ever popular pair, who have been busy the past several months performing many large scale shows, including several festivals such as Coachella and Bonnaroo (where Spin magazine dubbed their set “Best Performance. Period.”). To keep that ol skool hip-hop feel, PUTS deliberatley recorded the new album entirely on reel to reel, sampling lots of classic bits, including numerous rock samples. Note that the first pressing (now at Amoeba) of the CD is wrapped around a die cut O-card and a fold out “PUTS Party Safety Guide” poster. Each album also comes with a special VIP (Very Important Partier) lanyard that will allow fans to acquire exclusive material at the ongoing People Under the Stairs World Tour.
Also charting high this week at the SF Amoeba is Ghostface Killah's Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City on Def Jam and Bay Area based Crown CIty Rockers' The Day After Forever on Gold Dust Media. On that same Brooklyn, NY label with a love for the Bay comes Del the Funky Homosapien & Tame One's Parallel Uni-Verses, which was written about here a few days ago. Also charting at Amoeba this week is Oakland based emcee Jern Eye with his anticipated full length Vision on MYX, which I really like because of how it effortlessly melds true skool hip-hop with distinctly Yay Area rap flavors. Meanwhile, up-and-coming Bay Area act Nump arrives with a bang with a radio-ready album Student Ov Da Game on the E40 overseen label 30-30 Sic Wid It Records.
The ever prolific Rhymesayers camp has a tight new release with BK-One with Benzilla's Radio Do Canibal, which is a compilation from Brazil's DJ BK-One and his production partner Benzilla. The record serves up a really nice, diverse mix of tracks, ranging from artists such as Raekwon & I Self Divine and Slug & Brother Ali to Tom Ze and Caetano Velosa. The 19 track CD comes in a nice package with liner notes that pass along, in a quote from famed Brazilian drummer Ivan Tricicia, who performs the album's intro track plus an interlude, that "The influence of James Brown was to help the self-esteem of black Brazilians. Everything began with James Brown. That was the influence and we would play everything on top of that music."
BK-One "Tema Do Canibal" (featuring Hypnotic Brass Ensemble) (2009)
Brooklyn-raised emcee Skyzoo follows up a string of mixtape releases that circulated mainly on his home turf with an official album release The Salvation on Duck Down with production assistance from such studio heavyweights as 9th Wonder, Just Blaze, Black Milk, and Best Kept Secret (Wale), and, thankfully, just him blessing the mic -- no flood of guest rappers taking away the focus.
After disbanding back in 2003, racking up only five years together as a group, NYC's Antipop Consortium reformed a little over a year ago and since have been busy doing shows and preparing for their latest (highly recommended) new album Fluorescent Black on Big Dada. It's good news that they gotten back together, since they have always been light years ahead of the rap game, forging a unique sound driven by non-stop stream-of-consciousness lyrics that is beautifully quirky and unlike anything else out there. Only difference is that now -- several years later -- the hip-hop fanbase has expanded enough for there to be a substantial amount of people who will get what Antipop Consortium are doing. Meantime, Jay Are (J Rawls & John Robinson)'s The 1960's Jazz Revolution Again on Groove Attack takes the vibe or spirit of the 1960s to explore jazz music as the direct predecessor to hip-hop.
Last Saturday night BET hosted its Hip-Hop Awards show from Atlanta's Civic Center. Hosted by Mike Epps, the annual awards event included such winners as Jay Z, who nabbed the M.V.P. of the Year award, Ice Cube, who was presented with the "I Am Hip-Hop" Icon award, Cash Money's rapidly rising star Drake, who won Rookie of the Year award, and an absent (incarcerated) T.I., who won the Album of the Year award (T.I.'s fiancée, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, accepted on his behalf). Also noticably absent was nine time nominee Kanye West, who is still trying to downplay the across-the-board negative reaction received for his infamous recent MTV Video Awards outburst when he bum-rushed the stage during Taylor Swift's moment in the spotlight.
Also in this past week, VH1 presented its 2009 Hip-Hop Honors, in which they honored the legacy of Def Jam Recordings' 25 years in the hip-hop game. Hosted by Tracy Morgan, who did a fun, albeit not so well received, gospel style intro to the show, the event's numerous performers included Public Enemy, The Roots, Redman, DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Chuck Chillout, Ghostface Killah, KRS-One, and Street Sweeper Social Club featuring Tom Morello and Boots Riley. Watch excerpts of it here.
And finally, I leave you with my man DJ ALF's pick of his fave emcee he's heard in recent times. It is Matt Gamin, who hails from San Jose by way of LA, and whose great song/video "Mozart & Bach" appears below. For more info on Matt Gamin click here.