Amoeba Music Hollywood Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 07:30:10
1) Rick Ross Teflon Don (Def Jam)
2) Eminem Recovery (Aftermath, Interscope, Shady)
3) Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot... The Son of Chico Dusty (Def Jam)
4) The Roots How I Got Over (Def Jam)
5) Drake Thank Me Later (Cash Money Records)
Special thanks to Marques at the Hollywood Amoeba Music store for this week's in-person Top Five Hip-Hop Chart (scroll down to see video clip) from the Sunset Blvd. store where I spent much of Wednesday and Thursday this week soaking in all the loveliness of being surrounded by so much music Damn but the huge, cavernous two-level Hollywood Amoeba is just so vast that you seriously need to pace yourself if you go shopping there. The hip-hop section alone, where I stumbled upon records and DVDs that I had never even seen before, is worth the trip.
Besides crate digging and talking music with a slew of impressively knowledgeable Hollywood Amoebites, I also had the honor of moderating Wednesday evening's Q&A session with The Teacha himself, Hip Hop legend KRS ONE, who, in support of his latest book, The Gospel of Hip Hop, came for an exclusive Amoeba Hollywood instore that involved him talking about his unique hip-hop history-meets- life- manual publication, and also responding to questions from myself and some Amoeba customers who had bought the KRS book. One such customer was General Jeff (pictured above with KRS) from the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, who had a great question about homeless youth -- something that KRS, as a former homeless youth himself, enthusiastically responded to in enlightening detail.
For the little over an hour that he spoke (and he could have easily gone on longer and clearly no one would have minded), KRS kept the the Amoeba Hollywood audience, who filled the aisles of the store's Jazz Room, enraptured with his knowledge and insights. The man, whether or not you agree with him on all he says, is a commanding orator and full of insights (sometimes totally random & obscure but always engaging) that he sprinkles throughout his talks. For example, at one stage he mentioned that Ronald Reagan was once an LA area radio DJ who went by the on air tag of "Dutch." I never knew that, and, from the surprised response of most others in the house, it seemed I was not alone.
As he had done in the recent Amoeblog interview series, KRS talked at length about the language and spelling of all things Hip Hop, stressing the importance of a group or culture taking control of their own identity by giving its own definitions and spellings; and not allowing the outside mainstream culture to ignorantly slap any old definitions on Hip Hop. As he said this and many other points he made, you could hear many in the crowd go "uh-huh" or "amen," as if in church. People were clearly loving every moment of KRS's talk and afterward, as the line of those eagerly waiting to get their books signed slowly inched forward, many were emotional when they finally got to meet the man for a moment, have their book signed, say a few words with The Teacha (he was mad cool with everyone), and get their pics taken.
If you attended the book signing (or even if you couldn't make it) and would like to see the photos taken with KRS-One, go to the photo page here on the Amoeba website. Also note that you can still buy copies of The Gospel of Hip Hop online at Amoeba. As KRS signed books and greeted Amoeba fans, out in the main open space section of the Hollywood store on the main stage, Marques, who supplied this week's top five, was spinning a killer set that included KRS-One, Guru/Gang Starr and lots of other nice sounds. LA based, Japanese hip-hip emcee/producer/multi-instrumentalist Shing02 was among the many folks who came to the event.
Shing02 recently, in collaboration with SF artist and famous skateboarder Tommy Guerrero, did the soundtrack for a TV commercial that aired on Japanese television during the recent World Cup (see clip below), which meant that hundreds of millions of people heard the music. According to Shing02, "The video was shot by director Yutaka Sano in Brazil, the home of the next World Cup. Takeshi was green screened prior to the shoot (he had to go to Cannes Film Festival), so the director had to choose the lighting based exactly on the footage." Besides this commercial, Shing02 has been extremely busy of late working with Kool Keith in the studio. In the video interview below conducted with Shing02 at Amoeba Hollywood he goes into all of what he has been up to plus his opinions on KRS-One.
Regular Shing02 collaborator and ex-longtime Bay Area resident DJ Icewater, who recently relocated to Brooklyn, will be back in the Bay this coming week when the jet setting DJ/producer joins legendary LA hip-hop crew The Pharcyde as their tour DJ at Ruby Skye in San Francisco, Thursday, August 5th. Souls of Mischief share the bill on this recommended show. 8pm 21+ $25 Ticket details here. That same night (Aug 5th) over on the other side of Market Street in San Francisco at Club 6 is another recommended hip-hop show with Myka 9, Medusa, BPos, and Magic Heart Genies. 9pm 21+ Tix $10 / $15. More info here.
Tomorrow night (July 31st) rap supergroup duo Black Star featuring Mos Def & Talib Kweli play the Fox Theater in downtown Oakland. Also on the bill are hometown heroes Zion I plus SF DJ Mr E. 8pm. All ages. Tix $41.50 More info here. And finally, while not hip-hop, something that might interest you is the two day (tomorrow & Sunday) Amoeba endorsed Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco at Fort Mason. Click here for more info.
Shing02 Amoeblog interview at Amoeba Hollywood July 28th 2010
Pocari Sweat TV commercial, Japan -- music by Shing02 + Tommy Guerrero (2010)
Marques @ Amoeba Music Hollywood with the Top Five Hip-Hop Chart