Amoeba Music San Francisco Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 04:02:10
1) E40 Revenue Retrievin'- Day Shift (Heavy on the Grind Ent.)
2) E40 Revenue Retrievin'- Night Shift (Heavy on the Grind Ent.)
3) Madlib Medicine Show 3-Beat Konducta in Africa (Stones Throw)
4) Meth, Ghost & Rae Wu Massacre (Def Jam)
5) DonWill Don Cusack in High Fidelity (Interdependent Media)
In both the number 1 and 2 chart positions this week on the San Francisco Amoeba Music Hip-Hop Chart is longtime Bay Area rap artist E-40 with the his simultaneously released pair of CDs titled Revenue Retrievin' Day Shift and Revenue Retrievin' Night Shift. Released this past Tuesday, both the Day Shift and Night Shift parts shot to the top of the chart partly in response to the well received lead off single/video "The Weed Man (feat. Stressmatic)" (see video below). Other guests who join the pioneering, "slanguage" making Vallejo wordsmith on the new two part CD series include such known names as Snoop Dogg, Too Short, Mistah F.A.B., Ya Boy, Laroo, Dru Down, The DBz, Turf Talk, The Jacka, Gucci Mane, B-Legit, Mike Marshall, Suga T, J. Valentine, Droop-E, Mac Shawn and Clyde Carson & Husalah of Mob Figaz, who appear together on the song ""Lightweight Jammin'" which is on the Day Shift volume of the two CDs. As usual, Forty Water keeps it true to the Bay with all of those local artists joining him throughout the two CDs, which total up 38 new tracks --19 on each CD.
With these two new releases, E40 now has a dozen solo albums to his name from over a two decade period. Additionally he has released albums with his family group The Click, with whom he released his first EP record All The Kings Men (then under the name MVP) back in 1988 (a record I once found a copy of for a dollar at Amoeba Berkeley). What is most impressive about E40 as an artist is that he has been unwavering in his creativity and output, and has continually innovated and been at the forefront of Bay Area rap. And 22 years later he is still making music that can go to number one on a chart with a bullet!
E40 "The Weed Man (feat. Stressmatic)" (2010)
Also on this week's chart is the latest in the ongoing Madlib Medicine Show series, part 3 --Beat Konducta in Africa on Stones Throw, the Wu Tang themed release from Meth, Ghost & Rae Wu Massacre on Def Jam. Also on the chart is DonWill's release Don Cusack in High Fidelity on Interdependent Media. Hailing from Cincinnati, DonWill is better known as one-third of hip-hop crew Tanya Morgan whose album Brooklynati was one of 2009's best, with its golden era throwback style. On this new solo album the flavor is more RnB. The album cover and theme is a throwback to John Cusack's 2000 movie about music and relationships High Fidelity (based on the Nick Hornby novel of the same name). On High Fidelity he is joined by many producers, including Von Pea, Brick Beats, Keelay & Zaire, and A-Plus. Fellow Souls/Hiero member Opio and also Che Grand are mic guests.
Snoop Dogg 2010
Above is Snoop Dogg's brand new latest video, the Jay Z featured track "I Wanna Rock" King G Mix version, taken from Snoop's extremely successful current album Malice N Wonderland. Meanwhile, fellow LA rap legend Ice Cube will have the debut of his new movie Straight Outta L.A, about the L.A. Raiders football team, at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival (April 21 - May 2nd). With a subject matter close to Ice Cube's heart from back to his NWA days, the documentary chronicles the move of the Raiders from Oakland to Los Angeles in 1982 over the objection of the NFL, and how the Raiders became an inspiration to LA's hip-hop scene. It is hard not to think of NWA without the Raiders logo. “In 1980, Ronald Reagan was elected president, few white kids were listening to rap and I was an 11-year-old kid in South Central Los Angeles. I was into sports and watched as many games as I could on TV; the Lakers, USC Football, UCLA," Ice Cube said in a prepared statement about the film. "But I hadn’t developed a connection to any particular football team. But that fall, something clicked as I watched the Oakland Raiders.” The film (produced as part of ESPN Films’ “30 for 30” series) premieres at the Tribeca Film Fest but will be shown on ESPN on May 11th.
OB on The All City Tivoli Jam - Graffiti & B-Boy Festival in Dublin This Weekend
Here in Ireland, where I am writing this Amoeblog, it is the long holiday (Easter) weekend and there are two hip-hop festivals taking place on both sides of the country. In Dublin All City Records is throwing their third annual All City Tivoli Jam, which is a three day graffiti and b-boy event that began last night and has artists traveling from all over Ireland and from the European continent to partake. There's the ‘Graffiti on Canvas’ exhibition at Exchange in the Temple Bar that featured pieces by RIME MSK, SMASH, ZEBSTER, MASER, CIST and others. Today there will be an instore blackbook signing from 2-6pm local time. Tomorrow (Saturday, April 3rd) is a big day, with the official 3RD Annual All City Tivoli Jam in the grounds of the Tivoli Theatre with writers including SMASH 137, RIME MSK, ZEBSTER, SCOTTY, SOTEN, KUBE all doing live outside wall pieces. Also set up will be the ‘On The Run Sketch Corner,’ where artists can enter a sketching competition. This is the All CIty Tivoli Jam's third year.
Meanwhile, over in Galway in the West of Ireland, it is the fourth annual Community Skratch Games, which kicked off last night with an experimental turntable based concert with turntablist Jimmy Penguin (from Vince Mack Mahon DJ crew quartet), Galway glitch artist Ventolyn & Becotyde, and Dublin noise artist Fydor, who played off both a wooden turntable and another distort heavy turntable with a variety of effects pedals and noises added. Tomorrow, Saturday, the festival will start at 4pm til late at the Bierhaus in Galway's west end of town and will focus on skratch DJs. Sunday (see flyer above) at the same time and venue the focus will be on the producer. Today (Good Friday) is a big freestyle jam at a cool Galway bookstore and record store called Bell, Book & Candle with turntables and other instrumentation. The three hour session starts at 8pm local time and will include Vince Mack Mahon (Jimmy the hideous Penguin, Deviant, Mikey Fingers, Tweek), MyNameIsJohn, Bitwise and Madek, Tony Higgins, Anne-Marie Deacy, and Fidel Cutstro. I will be broadcasting this live set on WFMU today (noon to 3pm Cali time).
And finally, I leave you wit two great videos plus some free music links. Amoeba Music free downloads offers a direct link to free new music downloads courtesy of your favorite record store, where currently there are free downloadable tracks available off both the tight new releases from K-OS and from Freeway & Jake One. Meanwhile, the two videos below include the new Bored Stiff video for "Posta Sound" from their new eight song album Now More Than Ever, which is the latest in a string of quality releases from this longtime talented Frisco hip-hop crew who from day one have been down with all four elements of hip-hop. Other new album tracks include "Pound For Pound," "Hard Work," and "Sucka Free Spirit" (sucka free being both slang for SF and for being free of sucka haters), with such memorable lines as "I'm so sucka free I stopped eating lollipops."
The other video clip below is a truly inspired turntablism display, but with a slight twist. It is a video of Arizona's DJ Ruthless Ramsey doing a mind-boggling scratch routine not on turntables but on a couple of cassette decks and a mixer. Really nice!
DJ Ruthless Ramsey wrecking the cassette decks ones and twos
Bored Stiff "Posta Sound" from Now More Than Ever