Amoeba Music Hollywood Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 06:11:10
1) Lil Jon Crunk Rock (Lil Jon/Universal Republic)
2) Yukmouth Free At Last (Smoke-A-Lot)
3) Plies Goon Affiliated (Atlantic/Slip N' Slide)
4) Chali 2Nal Fish Market (One Records)
5) Tie between two titles:
Nas + Damian Marley Distant Relatives (Republic Univesal)
Reflection Eternal Revolutions Per Minute (Blacksmith/Rawkus/Warner Brothers)
After being absent from the spotlight for what seems like an eternity, Lil Jon is back with a bang! The rapper/producer and King of Crunk is known for his shouts of "OK" and "YEAH!" (something that comic Dave Chappelle had so much fun imitating back around the time period he released his last album, six years ago). He was omnipresent at the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors The Dirty South broadcast earlier this week and his new album, Crunk Rock, released through Universal Republic on Tuesday, shot to number one on the latest Amoeba Music HIp-Hop Top Five Chart, and no doubt on other charts too.
According to several interviews with the Atlanta-born artist, part of the reason for such a long gap between releases (especially by short attention span hip-hop standards) was a combination of Lil Jon feeling burnt out and not seeing eye to eye with TVT (the now defunct record label that released Jon's last album, 2004's hit Crunk Juice). In the years since that last album Jon has not been idle -- he has been busy keeping his finger on the pulse of what people want to hear and dance to by DJ'ing clubs all over the world. And apparently that DJ'ing experience resulted in the more eclectic tone of his new album, which ranges in sounds and styles from rock/rap, electro, crunk, dance, to Bali funk.
In addition to Lil Jon's production, other producers lended a hand, including Drumma Boy, Swizz Beatz, DJ Chuckie, and Dr. Luke. There is also a most impressive list of mic guests, including Stephen and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Ice Cube, The Game, R. Kelly, Soulja Boy Tell'Em, Elephant Man, Mario, Pitbull, Pastor Troy, LMFAO, the Ying Yang Twins, and 3OH!3.
The new album's fourteen tracks include the sure club banger "Shots (feat. LMFAO)," "Hey (feat. 3OH!3)," "Outta Your Mind," and "Ms. Chocolate" -- the latter two of which are also both singles/videos. The "Ms Chocolate" video featuring R.Kelly and Mario is below.. Lil Jon may have been gone for a while but you can be assured that we will be hearing an awful lot from him for a while. In addition to his own album he has contributed to numerous other new releases, including the new Jersey Shore soundtrack and the forthcoming new releases from both Christina Aguilera and Miley Cyrus. I say that the time is also ripe for the return of Dave Chappelle!
Other new chart entries include Chali 2Na (formerly of Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli), who follows up Fish Outta Water and Fish Market with Fish Market Part 2 (One Records), featuring cameos from Planet Asia, Fat Ray, Dez Andres, Elzhi of Slum Viilage, J-Live, Sha Born, Shockwave & Street Cred, Ang 13, and X-Clan. The 22 track album also includes a dedication track to the late great LA DJ Dusk. The prolific Plies returns, with help from Big Gates, with his fourth release in two years, the fifteen track Goon Affiliated on Atlantic/Slip N' Slide, featuring such notable tracks as the lead single "Becky" and "First 48" which was inspired by the A&E documentary detective TV show The First 48. Below is a video interview with Plies talking about his new album.
Yukmouth, who initially came to fame as one part of Oakland duo the Luniz, is back with another solo venture: Free At Last on Smoke-A-Lot Records. True to form, Yuk is keeping it real gangsta and hardcore, as proven by the lead single video "211" featuring L.E.P. Bogus Boys, which is about a sinister home invasion with the refrain, "get him with the duct tape, hit him with the 38, make em bring the yellow tape" and, "Don't make me turn this 211 to a 187," meaning don't make this robbery (code 211) become a murder case (code 187). Below is the video for the song, which, be warned, is neither tame nor politically correct.
Yukmouth "211 (Feat L.E.P. Bogus Boys)"
Lil Jon "Ms Chocolate (feat. R. Kelly & Mario)"
Plies talking about his new album Goon Affiliated
Chali 2na + band "Hype 2night" from Fish Market Part 2 live @ MoBoogie Loft in Denver
Former San Francisco Amoebite DJ 4AM (aka Jason Chavez) is presenting a mixed media event tomorrow (June 12) entitled DJ4AM's Pop Culture Video Smackdown Extravaganza (Video Girls) at the Madrone Lounge at 500 Divisidero in San Francisco.
Also tomorrow is Electric Relaxation party with DJs Max Kane, Teeko, and RCade at the Easy Lounge at 3255 Lakeshore Ave. in Oakland.
Meantime, San Francisco hip-hop crew BPos plays a free instore at Amoeba Berkeley today at 6pm (Friday, June 11th). The active trio, who played Element Lounge in San Francisco last night, are celebrating the recent release of their debut album The Upside on One League.
And finally, I leave you with the great new video from longtime San Francisco emcee Z-Man -- the new track "Cupcakin'" (feat Eddie Def on the cuts).
Z-Man "Cupcakin' (feat Eddie Def)"