Amoeba Music Berkeley Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 03:26:10
1) Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) (Interscope)
2) Souls Of Mischief Montezuma's Revenge (Clear Label Records)
3) Slum Village Fan-Tas-Tic, Vol. 1 (Barak Records)
4) Ludacris Battle Of The Sexes (DTP Recordings/Def Jam)
5) Wu Tang Clan Wu-Tang Meet the Indie Culture, Vol. 2 (Enter The Dub Step)
Somehow the phenomenally popular Black Eyed Peas' (BEP) current singles-driven album The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) on Interscope continues to sell well everywhere, including at Amoeba Berkeley where it returns to the number one slot (based on sales) a full nine and a half months after its initial release date. The album's continual slew of hit singles of course helps the BEP stay on top, combined with such other factors as their successful ongoing world tour which arrives in California next week with two shows in LA at the Staples Center (March 29 & 30) and one show in San Jose at the HP Pavilion next Friday (April 2nd). On April 3rd they play San Diego's Sports Arena and on April 7th they play ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Additionally, on Tuesday of next week the group's tour movie The Black Eyed Peas: The E.N.D. World Tour arrives in movie theaters on 500 screens. No doubt this will only further fuel their popularity. For more BEP tour and event info click here.
Inti, who supplied this week's Amoeba Music Berkeley hip-hop chart, reports that a lot of older hip-hop albums never seem to go out of style with customers and that Pete Rock & CL Smooth's 1992 album Mecca And The Soul Brother is one of those classic hip-hop albums that people continue to buy as if it was a new release. As for Inti's favorite recent releases? He says he is feeling a lot of the instrumental hip-hop coming out lately including Mike Slott's Lucky 9teen that was released on the LuckyMe label three months ago.
Meanwhile Dave Paul of San Francisco's BOMB Hip-Hop says one of his favorite new releases is Pittsburg, PA hip-hop duo Lucid Music and their full-length Adventures of the Invisible Band. Bay Area radio DJ Japanic, who along with King Eljen hosts Frequency Jam on KZSU Stanford Sundays at midnight, cited his top three favorite new releases: Grand Invincible's Cold Hand In The Dice Game (Zero Friends), which was written about here last week; the various artists collection Low Budget, No Budget (A West Bay Underground Rap Compilation), featuring Grand Invincible's Luke Sick, Ninski, MC Stinkweed & others; and Canibus' Melatonin Magik on RBC Records. Bay Area club DJ and turntablist DJ DnZ tells the Amoeblog this week that his favorite recent release would have to be First Space Kitt On The Moon from Toronto, Canada based artist Kit Knows, which is produced by fLako.
My personal favorite new releases include the full length debut from powerful & commanding Long Island, NY emcee (and Immortal Technique collaborator) Diabolic's Liar & A Thief (Viper Records) and the soon to drop full-length Murder At The Discotech on OM Hip-Hop from Amp Live of Zion I, who offers up a perfect balance of all instrumental tracks and emcee guest tracks (including Zumbi, The Grouch, Myka 9ne). Amp Live is an amazingly diverse producer who can create a perfect pop hook but also keep his production edgy, proven by his Radiohead remixes and the musically diverse last Zion I album. The production on this album, which should be available at Amoeba in a little over a month, brilliantly goes from infectious poppy sounds to quirky and offbeat.
Dres of Black Sheep "Forever LuvLee"
Fans of golden era hip-hop group Black Sheep will be pleased to know that Dres of that legendary group is gearing up to drop his anticipated solo album From the Black Pool of Genius featuring such great tracks as the lead single "Forever Luvlee" (video above). In the meantime the artist is encouraging hip-hop producers and remixers to get involved in the new project by entering the Dres' Prelude Remix Contest.
Another golden era hip-hop artist still making relevant music today is Sadat X (of solo and Brand Nubian fame), who this week just dropped his seventh solo album Wild Cowboys II (Fat Beats), which is, naturally, the sequel to 1996's Wild Cowboys. Joining the emcee with the instantly recognizable unique vocal style are such guests as Kurupt, ILL Bill, Umi & M-1 of Dead Prez, Andre the Giant (A.G.), Rhymefest, Grand Puba, and Lord Jamar with production by 9th Wonder, DJ Spinna, Sir Jinx, Pete Rock, Diamond D, Buckwild, Will Tell, Grant Parks and Pete Rock, who appears with Sadat X in the video below for the off the hook album track "Turn It Up."
Sadat X (feat Pete Rock) "Turn It Up"
Trailer for Bouncing Cats which screens @ 330 Ritch March 27
Tomorrow night (March 27th) legendary old school NYC B-boy & Rock Steady Crew original member Crazy Legs, who appears in the documentary Bouncing Cats (trailer above in German & English) will be in SF doing a special DJ set at the mixed media party Styles Upon Styles at 330 Ritch. He will also be doing a Q&A session following a screening of the inspiring film, which tells the story of one man’s struggle to make better life for the children of war torn Uganda by utilizing b-boy culture and breaking as an effective tool. Also DJing will be Dennis Infante plus performances by Philtered Soul and The Syrenz. The one hour documentary screening begins at 7"30pm sharp (doors open at 7:15pm). Q&A runs for an hour immediately following documentary and the party kicks off at 9:45pm. 21+ $10. Click here for more info.
Dan the Automator hosts the third in his new bi-monthly Audio Alchemy party series at Yoshi’s in San Francisco tomorrow (March 27th) with Canadian turntablist / producer and ever entertaining performer Kid Koala as his special guest this time out, in addition to resident DJ Shortkut plus the live band the Jazz Mafia All-Stars. 10"30pm show. $20 Click here for more info.
Tonight at the Shattuck Down Low in Berkeley distinctively deep voiced LA emcee Chali 2Na will be performing with a live band plus Kev Choice. 9pm to 2am. $15. 21+ Click here for more info.
And as written about here yesterday, longtime San Francisco skateboarder / musician Tommy Guererro is among the organizers & performers involved in tonight's music & film themed Soul Food No. 2 benefit for MuST (Music In Schools Today).
And finally, I leave you with an inspired video clip titled "Urban Scratch," which was part of the advertising campaign for the Pro X Fader from a couple of years back.