Amoeba Music Hollywood Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 03:12:10
1) Ludacris Battle Of The Sexes (DTP Recordings)
2) Madlib Medicine Show No. 2, Flight To Brazil (Stones Throw)
3) U-N-I A Love Supreme 2.0 (Traffic)
4) Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (Interscope)
5) Strong Arm Steady In Search of Stoney Jackson (Stones Throw)
Ludacris is back and back on top with this week's number one album at Amoeba Music Hollywood. Battle of the Sexes on DTP (Disturbing Tha Peace via Def Jam), which is the ATL based rapper's seventh studio album, tackles the timeless, universal theme of the difference between the two sexes. Taking over a year to record, the album features guests spots from the likes of Flo Rida, Ne-Yo, Nicki Minaj, Trey Songz, Lil' Kim, Eve, Monica, and Trina. A little reminiscent of his fun early work, this album, featuring the already successful club banger single "How Low" (see video below), is likely to be one of Luda's most successful releases to date. Great tracks include "Everybody Drunk" featuring Lil' Scrappy and "Party No Mo" featuring Gucci Mane. The battle of the sexes, the relationship between men and women, and the double standards that sometimes occur, are squarely addressed on such album tracks as "Hey Ho" feat. Lil' Kim, "I Know You Got A Man" feat. Flo Rida, "B.O.T.S. Radio" feat. Shawna and Lil' Fate, and "I Do It All Night" feat. Shawna. And on the 15 track album's entertaining, Neptunes-produced closing track "Sexting," the rapper talks about Tiger Woods' marital woes and the issue of sex addiction.
Ludacris "How Low" from this week's number one album Battle Of The Sexes (DTP/Def Jam)
Another brand new release on the latest Amoeba Hip-Hop chart is U-N-I's A Love Supreme 2.0. As you may recall, A Love Supreme by U-N-I came out last year when it was given away for free via digital download. U-N-I is an y Inglewood, California duo comprised of Y-O and Thurzday. As its name implies, A Love Supreme 2.0 is the new and improved version of Coltrane's seminal album with reworked & remixed tracks plus several new songs. Guests include Fashawn, Kes Kaos, Evidence and Bun B, who appears on a remixed version of “Land of the Kings." The new release also includes a companion 89 minute DVD with six music videos plus interview & behind the scenes footage. Below is a teaser for this video/audio release.
Other chart entries at the Hollywood Amoeba this week include the two Stones Throw releases (Strong Arm Steady and the second installment in the Madlib Medicine Show series) and the album that just keeps on selling; Black Eyed Peas' The E.N.D., which this time (nine months after its release) is no doubt fueled by their latest high budget, mini movie like, Sci-Fi themed (Transformers meets Iron Man?) video "Imma Be Rocking That Body."
After luckily having his sentencing postponed twice, Dwayne "Lil Wayne" Carter Jr. was not so lucky this week when he returned to State Supreme Court in Lower Manhattan on Monday to have his sentence of one year in Rikers Island finally passed down to him. He had plead guilty to gun possession in a case from three years ago. If the famous rapper behaves and doesn't get into any trouble while incarcerated, he should be out in eight months.
When asked in court during the sentencing by the judge if he had anything to say, Wayne just shook his head no. But someone else had something to say. "Keep your head up Weezy," one of the many fans who had gathered shouted out in support as Wayne was been led to a holding pen by court officers.
Last night I tuned in online and caught Rated Z Radio, which is the live Thursday night internet radio show hosted by longtime Vallejo producer Johnny Z. Several years back he moved down to Las Vegas, where he produces this V-Town flavored rap & talk radio show. On this week's show the prolific producer played tracks by Vallejo acts he's produced such as N2Deep and the late Mac Dre. In addition to playing both new and classic tracks, his in studio guests this week included "Bob from V-Town," who between songs chopped it up with Johnny about the old days at Rated Z Studios in Vallejo where many great Vallejo records were made. Last night and each week Johnny opens up the phone lines at 702-609-7626 for folks to call in live to the All Talk Radio internet station (which breaks up its usual all talk format for this show). Rated Z Radio broadcasts live every Thursday 9 to 10pm (PST). To contact the host directly, email him at JohnnyZ@RatedZRecordz.com.
As you know, this is Women's History Month and DJ Zita and a group of Bay Area female hip-hop talents representing each of the genre's four elements are celebrating it perfectly tomorrow night (Saturday March 13) with an all female hip-hop showcase at La Pena in Berkeley titled Queendom: Fly Ladies Reppin The 4 Elements. 9pm, all ages show. TIx $10 or $8 for students with ID. For more detailed info, read the Amoeblog interview with DJ Zita on Queendom: Fly Ladies Reppin The 4 Elements.
Another Women's History Month event in the East Bay this weekend (and featuring Pam the Funkstress) is the two-day 25th Empowering Women of Color Conference at UC Berkeley Campus Hall Saturday and Sunday. Described as the nation's largest women of color conference, the focus this year, say organizers, is "on embracing our collective histories, acknowledging our impact on the present & supporting our lifelong development across generations." Saturday keynotes are Rebecca Walker & Aurora Levins Morales and highlights include Youth Speaks Poets, Azucar con Ache, DJ Pam the Funkstress, Avotcja, One Love Oeana and Aquacero, among others. Sunday’s events will be geared towards youth. The two day conference that includes workshops, performances and networking, costs $25 per day or $45 for two days. It takes place on the UCB campus at Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, located on Bancroft Way & Telegraph Ave from 9:30am to 5:30pm. If you plan on attending, RSVP here first.
Tonight, Friday, March 12th, is the thrice monthly (they skip the first Friday of the month) weekend warmup party Prefunk at new SF night spot Eve Lounge with host DJs NeoGeo and Boogie Brown throwing down some nice hip-hop and other related musical flavas like funk and soul each Friday early evening. Today their special turntable guest will be Oakland's DJ Styles. Prefunk (Happy Hour Fridays) happens every 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Friday from 5pm to 9pm. 21 +. No cover. Lots of drink specials. Eve Lounge is located at 575 Howard Street (at 2nd Street) in San Francisco. For more info click here.
And in celebration of Women's History Month, I leave you with the classic Queen Latifah video for "Ladies First" featuring her "European partner" Monie Love.