Amoeba Music Berkeley Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 05:07:10
1) Madlib Madlib Medicine Show #4: 420 Chalice All-Stars (Stones Throw)
2) B.o.B. presents The Adventures Of Bobby Ray (Rebel Rock/Grand Hustle/Atlantic)
3) E40 Revenue Retrievin'- Day Shift (Heavy on the Grind Ent.)
E40 Revenue Retrievin'- Night Shift (Heavy on the Grind Ent.)
[Tie for #3]
4) Andre Nickatina Khan! The Me Generation (I-Khan Dist)
5) J-Rocc J-Rocc v J-Man (Jazzman)
Inti's Bonus Two Pick Hits of the Week:
II) Damu The Fudgemunk How It Should Sound Vol 1 & 2 (Redefinition Records)
Big ups to Inti at Amoeba Music Berkeley for this week's Hip-Hop Top Five Chart, appearing here in both text and video form. Sitting atop the latest chart is the fourth and latest installment in the ever diverse twelve part monthly Medicine Show series from the prolific producer Madlib. For Madlib Medicine Show #4: 420 Chalice All-Stars the mad-busy LA producer serves a mix of roots reggae beats and grooves, keeping it strictly in the ganja mode. In fact, Madlib, known for his love of the sticky icky, not only worked "420" into the title but also deliberately released this CD on the 20th day of the fourth month (aka 4/20) to keep in theme with a non-stop aural assault of roots rock reggae. Furthermore, Madlib oversaw the CD's accompanying 12-page booklet that includes a special supplement listing every medicinal marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles (and there are a lot!). Those who are following/collecting this Madlib Medicine Show series already know that the even-month releases (2,4,6 etc.) are mixtapes like this one while the odd numbers (1,3,5 etc.) are all original material like the Guilty Simpson (Before The Verdict) release that kick-started the series back in January and the next one, Madlib Medicine Show #5: History Of The Loop Digga, 1990-2000, which will drop later this month.
Another prolific SoCal producer (and equally busy DJ) is J-Rocc, who is back on the Amoeba charts with another release. Titled J-Rocc v J-Man, for this killer rare soul jazz groove mix he digs deep into the 200 + title strong crates/back-catalog of Jazzman Records to serve up a mix of about 30 of his personal selections from the UK label's rich funk and soul library. Artists/songs featured in this fully legal mix tape CD include the Soul Lifters ("Hot Funky & Sweaty"), Andy Loore ("Mixed Drums"), Della Reese ("It Was a Very Good Year"), Innersouls ("Take Your Time"), George Guzman ("Cacumen"), Nina Simone ("Funkier than a Mosquito's Tweeter"), Los Brasilios ("Brasilian Beat"), Soul Pleasers ("Baby Don't Cry"), Little Beaver/Sam Baker ("Do Right Man"), and Noro Morales ("Soana"). And on the topic of J-Rocc productions, as Amoeba Berkeley's Inti mentions in the video clip below, he also made a special mix from the leftovers (one hundred records in all) of the Secondhand Sureshots project that features J-Rocc along with Daedelus, Nobody, and Ras G. Made out of all the leftovers from already pretty questionable vinyl, which I guess would technically make it a Third-hand Sureshots production, this mix was created as a Podcast in the ongoing Stones Throw series (#52) and is currently available for free download. But listen to it and you will immediately realize that yes, you can weave gold out of garbage -- provided you have a good ear and J-Rocc-level production skills, not to mention the patience to wade through a ton of discarded janky vinyl.
Other chart entries this week at the Telegraph Ave. store are the new B.o.B. presents The Adventures Of Bobby Ray on Rebel Rock/Grand Hustle/Atlantic and Andre Nickatina's Khan! The Me Generation on I-Khan Dist. These two releases were written up when they appeared in last week's Amoeba San Francisco Top Five. Another current chart entry at Amoeba Berkeley that has been selling well at both the San Francisco and Hollywood stores since its March 30th release is the two part CD series from E40, Revenue Retrievin' - Night Shift and Revenue Retrievin' - Day Shift (Heavy on the Grind Ent.), which tied at the number 3 chart position. Peep the latest video below off the Day Shift volume of this great double set, "It's Gotta Get Betta (feat. Mike Marshall & Suga T)."
Meantime, Inti's two pick hits of the week include the two-in-one CD release Hi-Hat Club Vol. 1: Testiculo Y Uno + Hi-Hat Club Vol. 2: Suff Draft from Melting Pot Music, which Inti calls, "very J-Dilla sounding." Previously released in two parts on vinyl, this compact CD release includes Hulk Hodn & Twit One premier volume as well as the second volume from Suff Daddy, who, over the years, has produced for the likes of Miles Bonny, Oddisse, Kissey Asplund and Flomega.
A diehard of fan of abstract instrumental hip-hop, Inti's other pick hit is the latest from Washington DC producer Damu the Fudgemunk; How It Should Sound Vol 1 & 2 on Redefinition Records. Like HI-Hat, this CD comprises two vinyl released volumes from the artist, who is also a member of the groups Y Society & Panacea and who, thanks to YouTube videos of his live park sessions (like the one below done in Washington Square Park, NYC), has gained much appreciation.
Inti @ Amoeba Berkeley with new Hip-Hop Top Five + his Two Picks of the Week
Damu the Fudgemunk in Washington Sq. Park, NYC
E-40 "It's Gotta Get Betta (feat. Mike Marshall & Suga T)"
It may not officially be summer, but in the Bay Area and the rest of California right now it sure feels like it between the nice weather and all the events going on, especially this weekend. A monthly party titled Fuck Fame kicks off tonight at The Showdown in downtown San Francisco. It's going to be a birthday celebration for DJ Pony P (aka. Mercy) with music by Lady Fingaz of Females Wit Funk and Shredone, plus legendary San Francisco turntablist/party rocker DJ Quest, who has played at Amoeba countless times. (In fact, he plays at Amoeba SF in one week -- more details here closer to the date).
The Fuck Fame party gets its name because they "don't give a fuck" about adhering to any one genre. Gangster rap, heavy metal, breaks, funk, electro, pop punk, and anything else, they will non-discriminately and proudly play. Tonight's opening event, which starts at 10pm, is hosted by TOAST (Erika B. & Rachael VonCookie). The Showdown is at 10 Sixth St., San Francisco.
Also this evening in San Francisco, but earlier and free, is Celebrate the PREFUNK Happy Hour (four hours, actually, from 5pm to 9pm) at the Eve Lounge with resident DJs Boogie Brown and NeoGeo plus this week's guest, DJ BRIDGIDOPE of the Amazing Zoo Crew. Eve Lounge is in downtown San Francisco at 575 Howard (near 2nd).
Tomorrow (Saturday May 8th), Oakland's unique high energy female rap trio Hot Tub (who should be huge by now and will soon cameo on the upcoming Amp Live album Murder At the Discotech on OM) is headlining a recommended gig at the Uptown in Oakland along with Isis G and Party Effects. Uptown is located downtown Oakland at 1928 Telegraph Ave. The party starts at 9pm and is $10.
Tomorrow in the City by the Bay there will be another one of Dave Paul's Prince vs Michael parties (round #78, in fact, for this long running event). Paul, along with Geoff Harris, will spin Michael Jackson and Prince all night long for the party that happens directly across from Amoeba San Francisco at Milk Bar, 1840 Haight St. San Francisco, 9pm - 2am. $5 before 11pm, $10 after 11pm / 21+.
Funk For Free will be jumping off in LA on Tuesday (May 11th), when Del The Funky Homosapien will be continuing his streak of giving back to his fans at no cost. The artist, who released a recent album for free download to fans, is doing a free show at the Roxy on Sunset in Los Angeles. Aptly titled Funk For Free, he will be sharing the bill with hometown hip-hop hero Aceyalone plus the Bay Area's Bukue One. And earlier that day (Tuesday afternoon 4pm to 6pm), Del will be hanging out and meeting fans over at the wonderful Venice Beach Skate Park for the launch of Skate 3, the new EA Games product. The emcee/producer made music for the Skate 3 soundtrack, including the instrumental track below. Also below is the classic Del 1994 video for "Wrong Place" off his 1993 second album No Need For Alarm. Thanks for reading!
Del the Funky Homosapien "Skate 3 Soundtrack"
Del the Funky Homosapien "Wrong Place"