Amoeba Music San Francisco Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 05:28:10
1) Nas + Damian Marley Distant Relatives (Republic)
2) Reflection Eternal Revolutions Per Minute (Blacksmith/Rawkus/Warner Brothers)
3) Madlib Madlib Medicine Show #5-History of the Loop Digga-1990-2000 (Stones Throw)
4) Guilty Simpson OJ Simpson (Stones Throw)
5) Mystik Journeymen Return 2 The Love (Outhouse)
Thanks to Luis at Amoeba Music San Francisco for the above hip-hop chart that features the brand new duet album from Nas and Damian Marley, Distant Relatives, in the number one slot. According to Nas, this successful full length collaboration goes deeper than just music. It is about hope and empowerment and education. “We tryin' to build some schools in Africa… and trying to build empowerment,” the Queensbrige emcee recently told MTV News about the album, whose proceeds go to building a school in the Congo. Distant Relatives, which was mostly produced by Damian “JR Gong” Marley and his brother Stephen Marley, addresses the ongoing unrest in the continent of Africa on such songs as "Count Your Blessings." The song "Africa Must Wake Up," the album's closing track that fittingly features Africa's best known hip-hopper, K'Naan, spitting verse in his native tongue, is a powerful message song about the need for positive change across the continent of Africa.
Nas & Damian Marley "Patience" from Distant Relatives
Continuing in the theme of hip-hop's interest in the politics and economics of Africa is the track "Black Gold" by Reflection Eternal about Nigeria's corruption-riddled oil business. The song is found on the recommended new joint by Reflection Eternal, Revolutions Per Minute, which is the latest from Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek and the long awaited follow up to their 2000 Train of Thought collaboration. Revolutions again showcases Kweli's mic mastery and Hi-Tek's effortless production skills with appearances throughout the new album by such talents as Mos Def, Jay Electronica, Estelle, Bilal, Bun B, J. Cole, Res and Chester French.
On Monday of this week the group did an Amoeba Music San Francisco instore which, despite a delayed start and some sound issues, went really well. "Yeah, the instore was cool," reports Luis. "They ended up doing eight songs and were real cool with the crowd, even doing a question and answer session with the Amoeba audience."
Guilty Simpson "OJ Simpson" (2010)
Other chart entries include the fifth installment in the twelve-part 2010 series from Madlib, Madlib Medicine Show #5 History of the Loop Digga-1990-2000, and the Madlib produced Guilty Simpson album OJ Simpson, also on Stones Throw and which was teased earlier this year on one of the Medicine Show releases.
Longtime West Coast underground hip-hoppers Mystik Journeymen return with Return 2 The Love on Outhouse, an EP that they had released back on Valentine's Day as a digital download but are now releasing in a physical version.
The two longtime masters of the independent hip-hop hustle, Sunspot Jonz and Luckyiam, are still readying their anticipated Return to Eternia full length album to drop this year.
Total Devastation "Many Clouds of Smoke" (1993)
The ongoing Frisco Legends Tour, overseen by legendary San Francisco rap producer TC and featuring many of the star acts he produced back in the vibrant 1990's San Francisco rap scene, is going strong with shows up and down the state every weekend for a month. Tonight (May 28th) TC and the traveling Frisco rap crew will perform at Mo's Place in South Lake Tahoe. The line up varies from city to city. Tonight's is another good line-up with performances from Totally Insane (TC's original rap crew), Total Devastation (who had the national hit with the 1993 weed anthem "Many Clouds of Smoke" -- see video above), C Fresh from IMP (Ill Mannered Posse), and SB from UNLV. Click here for more info on Mo's Place.
Tonight at Levende East in downtown Oakland there is a listening party for the new Leela James album My Soul from 9 to 10pm followed by a DJ set with NYC DJ/b-boy/basketball fanatic Bobbito Garcia, plus live painting by artist and curator Carly Ivan Garcia. Click here for more info on Levende East.
This year's US DMC battles have been building momentum with lots of wonderful sets from the competing DJs last Friday in Long Beach, California. Bay Area female turntablist trio La Femme Deadly Venoms (DJ Celskiii, Deeandroid & Lady Fingaz) competed in the 2010 DMC USA Team Competition (see video below of their set) in which they came in second. BattleStar (DJ Phonics & DJ Turbulence) was in first place and Estos Vatos are the Angry Exs (Etronik & Lodus) were third. And here are the 2010 DMC West Coast Battle results: 1st - Etronik from Pico Rivera CA, 2nd - DJ Image from Hawthorne CA, and 3rd - Juyadek from Huntington Beach, CA. Full DMC results and battle details are right here.
Tonight (Friday, May 28th) the competition moves to San Antonio, TX, where, in addition to the battles, there will be a set from the reigning DMC World Champion, DJ Shiftee, plus special showcases by 2005 DMC US Champ, DJ Kico and DJ Manila Ice. Tonight's Texas host will be DJ Donnie Dee with the panel of judges including DJ Kico, DJ AK & DJ Manila Ice. The all ages event starts at 7pm and goes til late and takes place at Sam's Burger Joint.
And finally, I leave you with a video by Bay Area newcomer, and Vallejo emcee Moe Green. His brand new video (directed by Chris Kiker in the artist's North Bay hometown) for the song "Ride" is one of many bangers off his forthcoming album Rocky Maivia, to drop this summer on Interdependent Media.
Moe Green "Ride" (2010)