Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Weekly Top Ten: 11:06:09
1) GIft of Gab Escape 2 Mars (Cornerstone Ras)
2) Masta Ace + Edo G Arts & Entertainment (Traffic Entertanment)
3) Mr. Chop For Pete's Sake (Now Again Records)
4) Sene & Blu A Day Late & A Dollar Short (Shaman Work)
5) R.A. the Rugged Man Legendary Classic Vol 1 (Green Street)
6) CunninLynguists Strange Journey Vol Two (Piece So Strange Music)
7) Jern Eye Vision (MYX)
8) Themselves CrownsDown (Anticon)
9) Killa Keise Yellow Tape Zone (Step It Up Entertainment)
10) Kam Moye (aka Supastition) Splitting Image (MYX)
Special thanks to Luis (pictured below) at the San Francisco Amoeba Music for this week's Amoeba Music Hip-Hop Top Ten Chart. The chart has a really nice, diverse mix of new releases, including several homegrown Bay Area albums such as the Haight Street store's top selling rap album this week, GIft of Gab's Escape 2 Mars. This is the second official solo album release, a follow up to 2004's 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up, from the talented Quannum emcee. Gab is also is one half of Blackalicious (with Chief Xcel) and a founding member of Bay Area rap-supergroup The Mighty Underdogs (with Lateef the Truth Speaker of Latyrx and producer Headnodic of the Crown City Rockers). To help celebrate this new release, which hit Amoeba shelves on Tuesday, the much loved Bay Area MC did an Amoeba SF instore on the release day. "It was really cool and he [Gift of Gab] was awesome on the mic," reported Luis of Tuesday evening's free concert. The artist was joined onstage by Dnae Beats who produced Escape 2 Mars, which was released by Cornerstone Ras.
Other new releases that Luis is excited about, he says, include Oakland based Jern Eye's Vision on MYX (pronounced "mix") Records and the brand new release from Mr. Chop (aka Coz Littler), For Pete's Sake, on Now-Again Records which, as Luis notes, is the producer/multi-instrumentalist's "great interpretation of Pete Rock songs...it's awesome!"
Most hip-hop fans already know Mr. Chop from various projects, like his recent work as both co-producer and co-writer on several of the tracks on DOOM's (aka MF Doom) Born Like This album from earlier this year. On For Pete's Sake, Chop doesn't simply cover Pete Rock's beats -- he totally dismantles them, and then reassembles & reinterprets them, taking them to new places that true fans of Rock will really appreciate. The new album was recorded in the UK at the artist's Ape Studios in Cheshire where he was joined by Malcolm Catto of The Heliocentrics and others in crafting this heartfelt ode to one of hip-hop's greatest producers, one known for effortlessly melding jazz into his sound.
Traffic Entertainment, the Boston area label that can seemingly do no wrong, has just unleashed another great hip-hop album in the form of a collaboration between the two hip-hop legends Edo G and Masta Ace. The new album Arts & Entertainment includes numerous mic guests from both Boston and New York, such as De La Soul's Posdanus, Large Professor, DJ Spinna, KRS-One, Mr. Lif, Akrobatik and Chester French. The album's production comes courtesy of Double O of Kidz in the Hall, M Phases, DJ Supreme One, and Frank Dukes.
Oakland based Anticon duo Themselves (Doseone and Jel), whose joint past memberships include the groups Subtle, cLOUDDEAD, and Deep Puddle, has been hella active this year and the two are about to go back out on the road (again) in support their just-released new album CrownsDown, which is this week's number 8 in the new hip-hop chart. The sequel to FREEhoudini from earlier this year, this latest release features songs that the duo were performing on the road earlier this year on their Euro and US tours.
The prolific Bay Area based MYX Records has just released an album by Charlotte, NC emcee Kam Moye (aka Supastition) entitled Splitting Image that features such guests as Buff 1, Phonte & Ayah, One Be Lo, Baba Zumbi of Zion I, and Tiffany Paige. The album holds down the number 10 slot in the new hip-hop chart. Meanwhile, the number 6 chart entry, Strange Journey Volume Two, is the sixth album from Southern hip hop group CunninLynguists and the sequel to Volume One in the Journey series, released back in March of this year.
Other chart entries this week include Sene & Blu's A Day Late & A Dollar Short on Shaman Work, which has also been doing well at the Hollywood Amoeba; Long Island, New York emcee R.A. the Rugged Man's Legendary Classic Vol 1 on Green Street; and Killa Keise's Yellow Tape Zone on Step It Up Entertainment. This new Bay Area release features a lot of well known local guests joining the Killa, including Guce, J-Stalin, Shady Nate, Philthy Rich, Yung June, Beeda Weeda, Young Montana, A.G., and Messy Marv.
Below are some videos corresponding to the above Top Ten, including Kam Moye doing a dope acapella at Southpaw in Brooklyn during the CMJ Music Marathon a couple of weeks ago; Themselves featuring Serengeti for the song "Keys to Ignition," which is actually from their last release FREEhoudini; and Edo. G & Masta Ace's "Little Young", a track that cleverly pokes fun at all the Lil and Little named rappers out there and does a nice little hip-hop history lesson in the process.