Amoeba Music Berkeley Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 09:03:10
1) The Roots How I Got Over (Def Jam)
2) Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot... The Son of Chico Dusty (Def Jam)
3) Madlib Madlib Medicine Show #8: Advanced Jazz (Stones Throw)
4) DJ Muggs vs Ill Bill Kill Devil Hills (Fat Beats)
KRS-One & True Master Meta-Historical (Fat Beats)
Rick Ross Teflon Don (Def Jam)
Cut Chemist Sound of the Police (A Stable Sound/Soul Kitchen)
El P Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3 (Gold Dust Media)
The anticipated new KRS-One and True Master collaboration Meta-Historical on Fat Beats is among the new entries to this latest Amoeba Music hip hop chart. The record puts the Teacher and the Master together for the first time -- blastmaster KRS-One and Wu-Tang Clan producer True Master. This cross-pollination of these two legendary talents works on many levels; True's sharp production brings out the best in KRS, and will appeal to fans of both camps, including the army of Wu Tang fans who will automatically gravitate towards such tracks as "Here's What We Gonna Do (feat. RZA)" and "Street Rhymer (feat. Cappadonna)." Longtime BDP/KRS fans will appreciate the fact that the new album, with tracks such as "Knowledge Reigns Supreme" (hear below with the great line, "I'm not on the radio coz I don't rap about coke or reefer"), "Old School Hip Hop," and the title track, is a continuation of so much of KRS-One's previous work and sounds perfectly compatible next to a track off, say, his 1993 classic Return Of The Boom Bap (Jive).
KRS-One & The Master "Knowledge Reigns Supreme" (2010)Another longtime hip-hop producer consistently putting it down over the years is DJ Muggs (Cypress Hill, Soul Assassins), who has done collaborative projects with GZA (Grandmasters), Sick Jacken (Legend of the Mask and the Assassin) and Planet Asia (Pain Language). This time he has teamed up with ll Bill of Non-Phixion, who is known for his raw, gritty style. As its title, Kill Devil Hills, might imply, this is not kick-back easy listening music; rather, it is dense, dark, rugged and raw, in-your-face, end of the world type hip-hop.
A sampling of the some of the album's apocalyptic lyrics: "Abandon all hope, buy more guns and more coke, build a bunker under your home, it's all over, before the C.I.A comes and takes us away, I'll be lighting up the kush and go out in a blaze," from the track "Amputated Saints" that features guest spots from Slaine and Everlast.
Other familiar guests here include B-Real (Cypress Hill), Raekwon (Wu Tang), and Sick Jacken, who cameos along with Uncle Howie on the title track and also on the 16 track CD's opener "Cult Assassin" along with Sean Price & OC.
DJ Muggs vs Ill Bill "Cult Assassin" (2010)
Madlib Medicine Show #8 Snippets (2010)
Madlib's Madlib Medicine Show #8: Advanced Jazz on Stones Throw is another exciting new chart entry this week. And this latest installment in the DJ/producer/emcee's ongoing 2010 monthly Medicine Show series, which comes with an informative eight page booklet, sports a title card that sums up this release from the LA artist: "Imagine an 80-minute music history course talking place in a dusty, hazy studio with wall-to-wall jazz vinyl -- records from the past 40 years – jazz, fusion, funky, obscure. This course will not be graded. There will be no lecture. Madlib’s at the turntable. Class is now in session."
Thanks to DJ Inti at the Berkeley store for the latest hip-hop top five. Inti says he is feeling the Big Boi release the most out of the list. "Like I said before, as one half of the Outkast Big Boi got unfairly overshadowed. That's why this long overdue solo debut is most welcome," said Inti, who, when not at Amoeba, is busy keeping up with all strains of his favorite genre, including instrumental hip-hop and also DJ'ing parties. He is the resident DJ at Radio (435 13th St, at Broadway) in downtown Oakland every Thursday, where he spins all night.
As far as events to attend this weekend, Inti says he is heading over to the three-day Hoodstock in downtown and West Oakland that some of his buddies are organizing. Who knows, he may end up DJing at the event! The official line-up includes Hot Tub and Juiceboxx, who both play opening day, tomorrow, Saturday, Sept 4th, at the Oakland Metro.
A truly DIY event (not to mention a more affordable, closer to home alternative to Burning Man), Hoodstock showcases a diverse mix of music that includes hip-hop (thanks to organizer / DJ Miggy Stardust) and was started by Albert Luera (DJ Handsome Neto) and Gabe Santos. The second day of the festival, Sunday, Sept 5th, is "Bikestock" day and takes place all day at Bikes 4 Life in West Oakland at 7th and Peralto. And on the just added third and final day of the informal fun fest, Monday, Labor Day, there will be “Acoustic Hangover Relief.” For locations and exact details on all three days of Hoodstock visit kickitforlife.com, bikes4life.com, and endlesscanvas.com.
Due to ticket demand (the first night sold out in a few hours), a second show has been added at the New Parish in Oakland tonight for an amazing lineup with comedian/social commentator Dave Chappelle (who just played a headlining series this past week at the downtown club, Sunday thru Wednesday) along with Black Star (Mos Def and Talib Kweli) and DJ Mr E. At $75, tickets are not cheap, but they are bound to be worth it. More info here.
And the busy DJ Mr. E will also be part of the lineup at this weekend's free Doin' It In The Park 2010 event along with Mind Motion, DJ Apollo, DJ Sake One, DJ Platurn, D-Sharp, Jah Yzer, GoldenChyld & Cutso and others, which happens on Sunday (Sept 5th) at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park, San Francisco. The music & BBQ event is done in the tradition of the now legendary Informal Nation gatherings in SF back in the nineties. For more info on this weekend's event click here.
Last night Jay-Z and Eminem did their first of two nights of big shows in Detroit at the Motor City's Comerica Park. See fan video below of Em's opener, "Won't Back Down" (from his phenomenally successful new album Recovery).
Both rap artists will perform again tonight at the same large venue in Eminem's hometown, and then they will be together again later this month (Sept 13 & 14) in Jay-Z's city at his favorite team's ballpark, just in time for those New Yankee Stadium shows! Jay-Z just recently announced that he has inked a lucrative deal with the NY baseball team. Tickets for the NYC event will be sold exclusively at Yankee Stadium for two weeks, until September 14th.
Last night's kick-off of the Jay-Z/Eminem Detroit/New York Ballpark Concert Series
To coincide with the recent release of NorCal rap duo Potluck's 2CD retrospective Greatest Hits with Our Buds, Humboldt County's second favorite export, who rap a lot about the home of the sticky green's number one export, has just produced a video for the CD track "Vapors" (see below). Comprised of 29 tracks, the two disc collection by Potluck's 1 Ton and Underrated features a grip of guests, including Tech N9ne, D12, E-40, Chali 2na, The Luniz, Twiztid, and Equipto.
Potluck "Vapors" (2010)