Amoeba Music San Francisco Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 08:13:10
1) Exile Am/Fm (Traffic)
2) Bun B Trill O.G. (Rap A Lot)
3) Slum Village Villa Manifesto (E1 Entertainment)
4) Trek Life Everything Changed Nothing (Mello Music)
5) Messy Marv Thizz City (SMC)
In continuing the theme of his wonderful solo release from last year, Radio, Exile delivers this week's number one album at Amoeba, the brand new AM/FM, which is actually culled from that 2009 release. By reworking and remixing elements of Radio the talented Los Angeles producer born Aleksander Manfredi, who many came to know as one half of the emcee/producer duo of Blu & Exile, has crafted a whole new twenty one track album. In fact some of the tracks on AM/FM sound completely new with nary a trace of the earlier album's sound to them. And while Radio was more of an instrumental album (with the occasional vocal sample off the radio) showcasing Exile's studio chops with little other distraction, AM/FM shines more light on the mic wreckers. These include many of his compadres such as Blu (check out a track featuring Blu, "Love Line," below), Alchemist, The Grouch & Eligh, Evidence, and Aloe Blacc (with whom he formed his first group, Emanon). Standout tracks include the the Shafiq Husayn remix of "It's Coming Down," "Mega Mix" featuring Fashawn, Big Tone, and ADaD, and the DJ Day remix of "In Love." In addition to AM/FM, I would recommend tracking down both Radio and Exile's 2006 album Dirty Science.
Exile "Love Line (feat. Blu)" (2010)
Southern rapper Bun B returns with a vengeance with his killer new album Trill O.G., which is number two on the latest Amoeba hip-hop chart courtesy of Luis at the San Francisco store. Trill O.G. concludes the Texas artist's Trill trilogy (as in Trillogy -- you get it?) that began with 2006's Trill and was followed up with 2008's II Trill.
The Dirty South rapper, who came to fame as one half of UGK (UnderGround Kingz) along with the late Pimp C, has been getting rave reviews for this album since it dropped last week, with The Source magazine bestowing a five mic classic status on the new release. It's a damn good album, alright, with some top notch cameos from artists both living and deceased, including his late UGK partner and 2Pac. Both appear along with Trey Songz on the song "Right Now."
Bun B "Right Now (feat. Pimp C, 2Pac, & Trey Songz)" (2010)
Dedicated Tupac Shakur fans will recognize the late great rap legend's verse on the new song (audio above) from the Boot Camp Click presented "Worldwide Dime Piece" with Greg Nice, Asu, and Snoop Dogg. Other microphone guests on Trill O.G. include the very much alive Drake, Young Jeezy, and Yo Gotti. Production contributors to this final Trillogy installment include DJ Premier and the Justice League. Other new chart entries include the final album from Slum Village, Villa Manifesto, and the latest and second album from LA artist Trek Life. With production being handled by Oddisee (he toured Europe with Oddisee's Diamond District), Trek Life shines on tracks such as "So Supreme" (video below) and the title track, which features Olivier Daysoul. Other album collaborators include Audio Live, J.Bizness, Ralph Real, Skeem Price, and DJ Bud, who adds scratching throughout.
Trek Life "So Supreme" (2010)
Also charting in the top five at Amoeba San Francisco this week is the latest from the ever prolific Bay Area rapper Messy Marv, who has teamed up with the creators of Town Thizzness to launch the label Thizz City and drop the album of the same name, featuring the very best of (mostly San Francisco) rap talent, including Seff Da Gaffla, San Quinn (with whom Marv is no longer on the outs), Cellski, Big Rich, Killa Keise and DaVinci, who is finishing up a short stretch in Santa Rita right now. DZ also appears with Marv on the track "Ride With Me" (audio below).
Messy Marv "Ride With Me (feat. DZ)" (2010)
Jay-Z as opening act for the World Basketball Festival @ Radio City Music Hall last night
Last night at Radio City Music Hall in New York Jay-Z provided the opening act entertainment (above) for the World Basketball Festival as part of the kick-off ceremony for the weekend event. The performance followed an on-court appearance by the fifteen finalists for the U.S. team. As well as the American team, teams from France, Brazil and China are also part of the festival, which includes appearances around New York City before an exhibition doubleheader Sunday (August 15) at Madison Square Garden.
Earlier that same day (8/15) in New York City, Public Enemy will perform for free in Central Park, with Blitz the Ambassador opening, as part of the wonderful SummerStage series. Two nights ago Doug E Fresh performed in the Jackie Robinson Park in Harlem as part of the same NYC summer outdoor program. Also in the house (or park, rather) that same night were such legendary old school hip-hop figures as T Ski Valley, LA Sunshine from the original Treacherous Three, and Spoonie Gee, who also performed briefly.
Meanwhile, back in the Bay Area this weekend, Boots Riley of the Coup will host tomorrow's big eco-friendly themed Fresh Fest 2010 with performances from such artists as Erk tha Jerk, Nu Dekades, and Pete Rock, whose DJ set will be all solar powered. Billed as "The largest youth led eco music festival in the nation," it is being presented by Grind for the Green, Global Exchange, and the Get Fresh Coalition. The Fresh Fest 2010 happens tomorrow, Saturday, August 14th, in Oakland's Mosswood Park at Broadway and MacArthur Boulevard (near Kaiser). The free, all ages event will also feature food and hands on demonstrations of various "green tech" items.
In San Francisco tonight, as part of the ongoing In-House produced We All We Got local talent showcases, veteran Frisco hip-hop artist Rappin’ 4-Tay will headline a show hosted by SF's underrated Sellassie at Club Six. New artists being showcased tonight (August 13th) include The Coroner, Temujinn, T-Reezy, and The Dirty Bird. Click here for more info.
And finally, I leave you with the video to the great new pop rap track from Cassidy, "Face To Face," which will be on his forthcoming album C.A.$.H.
Cassidy "Face To Face" (2010)