Amoeba Music Berkeley Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five: 12:11:09
1) Souls of Mischief Montezuma's Revenge (Clear Label Records)
2) FELT FELT 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez (Rhymesayers)
3) Wu-Tang Meet the Indie Culture, Vol. 2: Enter The Dubstep... (Ihiphop Distribution)
4) Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (Interscope)
5) Aesop Fables Living The Dream While Awake (Weed Tracker Music)
Shout out to Inti at Amoeba Music Berkeley for this week's Hip-Hop Top Five chart which finds a local hip-hop crew on top, Oakland's Souls of Mischief and their first new studio album in a decade, the Prince Paul produced Montezuma's Revenge on Clear Label Records. The new album also includes production input from Domino (responsible for their amazing debut 93 Til Infinity). The four emcees, A-Plus, Phesto, Opio and Tajai, are in top notch form here. And, not surprisingly, these diehard Hieroglyphics members, who dropped their debut sixteen long years ago when they were still teenagers, have matured quite a bit, all the while keeping that Hiero/Souls flavor that made them so endearing in the first place. It sounds like veteran yet ever-envelope pushing producer Prince Paul got the best of out of the crew, as witnessed on standout songs such as "Home Game," "Postal," "Proper Aim," and "Dead Man Walking." Also, Prince Paul can be credited with creating a cohesive album (complete with skits, of course) that deserves listening to in its entirety -- the way albums used to be.
FELT, the collaborative, innovative hip-hop duo of Murs and Slug, who first teamed up in 2000, recently released their third outing to date, FELT 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez on Rhymesayers. Thanks to their amazing lyrical interplay coupled with the killer production of Aesop Rock, this time around is their best album yet. Below is the video for the new album track "Chewed Up."
Not to be confused with Long Island, NY hip-hopper Aesop Rock is the West Coast hip-hop artist Aesop Fables, who is part of the Living Legends crew (of which Murs is also a member) and whose new release Living The Dream While Awake on Weed Tracker Music is number five on this week's Amoeba Music chart. Also known as Aesop the Black Wolf, the Fresno native moved to the Bay Area over a decade ago and met up with the Mystik Journeymen and the rest of the Living Legends crew when they lived in Oakland. Ever since then he has been recording some quality underground hip-hop.
A long time coming (seven years since his last official release), Living The Dream While Awake is long overdue, to say the least. But it has been worth the wait! The 18-track new album features such impressive cuts as the title track, "Waking Dream,"and "Moving At The Speed of Life" (feat. Slug), "Ace of Hearts" (feat. Eligh), "Hidden Memories" (feat. Del the Funky Homosapien). Other guest appearances on the new album include Bicasso and General Populous.
FELT (Murs + Aesop Rock + Slug) "Chewed Up" from FELT 3 (2009)
Wu-Tang's Meet the Indie Culture, Vol. 2: Enter The Dubstep... which takes Wu-Tang acapellas and blends them with dubstep tracks by a variety of DJs/producers, continues to sell well at Amoeba Music. This week it is number three on the chart. But the surprise entry of the week is from the ever popular crossover dance/pop rap group the Black Eyed Peas (aka BEP), who are back on the chart yet again with their album The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) six months after its original release. The resurgence in sales of this June 9th release is no doubt partly thanks to the Peas' recent performance on stage at the 2009 American Music Awards (AMAs) where they won the first award of the evening for best Pop Rock Group.
As outlined in the promo video above, longtime Hollywood hip-hop label Delicious Vinyl (Pharcyde, Masta Ace, Tone Loc, Young MC, Brand New Heavies, etc.) recently teamed up with Apple to co-produce a new App called Delicious Vinyl DJ that allows you to remix on your iPhone or iTouch such bygone hits from the label as Young MC's "Bust a Move," Tone Loc's "Wild Thing," The Pharcyde's "Passin' Me By," or Masta Ace's "Born To Roll." The app has custom scratches supplied by DJ M. Walk and features that include scratch and trigger samples using two touch turntables and a mixer. For more information on the Delicious Vinyl DJ App, click here.
As announced by Yahoo's UK/Irish TV news website this morning, MC Hammer is seen as a likely participant in the upcoming new series of the extremely popular British reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother, which begins its new season January 3rd on Channel 4. Other likely participants who may join the former Oakland rap star are Pamela Anderson, Boy George, and Heidi Fleiss.
Tonight Raindance and C.O.N present LOVE n' Beats: A World AIDS Day Benefit for NextAid at Club Mighty at 119 Utah Street in San Francisco with performances from a ton of artists, including Daly City's Mochipet. It may not be strictly hip hop, but it's for a good cause. More info on flyer, right, or by clicking here.
Sunday night at the Elbo Room on Valencia is the long-running SF club Dub Mission, which serves up a unique blend of reggae dub, dubstep, roots reggae, dancehall, and beyond each weekend with DJ Sep, Vinnie Esparza, and this week, guest DJ Lud Dub. The Elbo Room is located at 647 Valencia Street in the Mission District, SF. 21+ $6. 9pm to 2am. More info by clicking here or calling this number: 415 552 7788.
Tomorrow, Saturday, December 12th, at the Double Punch Gallery in North Beach, San Francisco, is the opening of the Mark Nagata curated Kaiju Toy Show, featuring four of the popular Kaiju makers and collaborators Dream Rockets, Sunguts, Dead Presidents Designs and the Max Toy Company.
In the house at the opening will be Yajima-san (Dream Rockets), Ichimiya-san (Sunguts), Matt Walker (Dead Presidents) and the Max Toy Company's Nagata.
The art show runs through the end of December. The opening kicks off at 7pm tomorrow at 1821 Powell. More info here.