Amoeba Music Berkeley Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 06:04:10
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) Andre Nickatina Khan! The Me Generation (I-Khan Dist)
5) Devin The Dude Suite 420 (Koch)
Thanks to Inti at the Berkeley Amoeba Music store for this week's Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart. It picks up where last week's San Francisco Amoeba chart left off, with continued Amoeba love being shown for LA producer extraordinaire Madlib and his ongoing twelve-part Medicine Show series, the hip-hop super-duo Reflection Eternal (producer Hi-Tek and emcee Talib Kweli), who had a memorable instore performance at Amoeba San Francisco May 24th, and the ground-breaking new Distant Relatives project, which is number one for the second straight week on the Amoeba hip-hop charts. Packed with an uplifting message of empowerment and clearly a work of activism through music, the son of Bob Marley, Jamaica's Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, and the son of jazz musician Olu Dara Jones and hip-hop icon in his own right, Nas, join creative forces with pitch perfect results. Distant Relatives, which can be bought online from Amoeba at a reduced cost, is a reggae meets hip-hop album that never sounds forced. A project that undoubtedly will be raved about for a some time to come, Distant Relatives tackles pertinent issues about the continent of Africa. What is most impressive, though, is that the two artists manage to do so in a forcefully coherent but never overbearing way.
Longtime San Francisco rapper Andre NIckatina's much lauded latest release Khan! The Me Generation continues to sell well at both Amoeba San Francisco and Amoeba Berkeley, as does the new joint from Devin The Dude, Suite 420 on Koch Records. Devin The Dude, who initially came to fame as a member of Rap-A-Lot artists The Odd Squad that morphed into the Coughee Brothaz, is one of those unique hip-hop artists who defies categorization.
He is technically a Southern rapper, but the emcee, who has collaborated with a diverse range of acts from De La Soul to Dr Dre, transcends any one style and always has his distinct sense of humor (something typically lacking in hip-hop today). On the15 track Suite 420, which not surprisingly is themed around his love of the sticky icky, he lyrically demonstrates this fondness for the dank on such tracks as "We Get High," "Ultimate High" and "What I Be On" (see entertaining video for this song below):
Devin The Dude "What I Be On" (2010)
Andre NIckatina "Pimp Hop (feat Paul Well)" (2010)
Madlib "Static Invasion" from Medicine Show 5 (2010)
Nas + Damian Marley "As We Enter" live @ Roxy in LA c/o Carson Daly Show (2010)
Reflection Eternal perform "In This World" live on Sirius Radio's Hip-Hop Nation (2010)
Tomorrow afternoon at 2pm (and until 8pm) nearby 111 Minna in San Francisco is a free event put on by the Farmers Block -- a community & neighborhood supported gathering of music & culture and local organic independent health food grocers. The all day event includes performances from Z-Man, BOAC,
Dj Quest & Eddie Def, Spank Pops, Rheteric Ramirez, United States of Mind Crew, Magnolius & Leo37, Dj Centipede, and many more. Click here for more information.
Today, Friday, in late afternoon & early evening Prefunk jumps off during happy hour at San Francisco's Eve Lounge at 575 Howard St, SF, with DJs NeoGeo and Boogie Brown laying down a variety of beats. Today's guest spinmaster is DJ Crimson. Click here for more info. Tomorrow (Saturday) DJ Platurn and his extended Oakland Faders DJ crew kick off Fade -- a new East Bay monthly that happens the first Saturday of the month at the Era Art Bar.
And finally, I leave you with a brand new Bay Area joint from E40's Sick Wit It label-- the video for "Bay Area 51" by Cousin Fik featuring E-40 and produced by DecadeZ:
"Bay Area 51" Cousin Fik Feat. E-40 produced by DecadeZ (2010)