Amoeba Music Hollywood Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 09:10:10
1) Nate Dogg G-Funk Mix (Thump Records)
2) DJ Muggs vs Ill Bill Kill Devil Hills (Fat Beats)
3) KRS-One & True Master Meta-Historical (Fat Beats)
4) Fabolous There Is No Competition 2: The Grieving Music Mixtape (Def Jam)
5) Madlib Madlib Medicine Show #8: Advanced Jazz (Stones Throw)
Thanks to Michael at the Hollywood Amoeba Music for this week's hip-hop top five chart, which includes new releases from both Fabolous and Nate Dogg. Well, technically Nate Dogg's CD is a new release but it is actually all classic material from the Long Beach, CA legend who suffered a stroke three years ago. In his prime the singing/rapping Nate Dogg was kind of like the T-Pain of his day and this dozen track collection features most (but not all) of his G-Funk era classics. Included in this guest-heavy collection are "Friends (feat. Snoop Dogg & Warren G.)," "Bag O' Weed (feat. Tray Deee)," "Me & My Homies (feat. 2Pac & Nancy Fletcher)," "Sexy Girl (feat. Big Syke)," and "First We Pray (feat. Kurupt)." Def worth copping if you don't already have the 1998 2CD Nate Dogg release G-Funk Classics, Vol. 1 & 2.
The ten track There Is No Competition 2: The Grieving Music EP from the Brooklyn born Fabolous is really a teaser/pre-promotional release for his main 2010 offering Loco's Way 2: Rise To Power -- the follow up to last year's successful Loco's Power, which is expected to be released sometime in late November by Def Jam. It is also the follow up to his DJ Drama mixed 20 track mixtape released earlier this summer, There Is No Competition 2 (The Funeral Service). This Def Jam release features an update of a song off that other summer 2010 mix -- the I.N.F.O. produced "Body Bag Remix (featuring Cam'ron & Vado)" as well as such other tracks as "I'm Raw," and the brand new "You Be Killin Em" and "Lights Out."
Turntable TV & DJ QBert's Wave Twisters
DJ Times magazine and Pioneer DJ just announced that the votes have been tallied up in the America's Best DJ 2010 contest! The winner is San Francisco skratch master DJ Q-Bert, who will be honored October 2 in Las Vegas, which will include a press reception at Ghost Bar in The Palms Hotel & Casino. For winning the award QBert will be given a special gold-plated Pioneer mixer from last year's America’s Best DJ winner Z-Trip.
"Skratching Lives! What a great opportunity to show that we DJs are musicians. Thank you to everyone at DJ Times, ThudRumble.com, and everyone for supporting the skratch art!" said DJ Qbert after being told he was the top choice by voters. Above is the 45 minute YouTube video of QBert's Wave Twisters movie.
Too $hort "Life is.....Too Short" (1988)
Back in 1988 in his then new song "Life is.....Too Short" (video above), veteran Oakland rapper Too $hort famously rapped, "Eight years on the mic and I'm not joking, Sir Too $hort coming straight from Oakland." Should the Bay Area rap pioneer perform this song this weekend when he plays an "unplugged" session ($hort and a five piece live band), he could update that to "30 years on the mic and I'm not joking," since that is how long this artist (perhaps hip-hop's most consistently relevant artist over such a long period) has been putting it down. Too $hort Unplugged Encore 911 happens at The Mezzanine in San Francisco tomorrow (Saturday, September 11th). Hosted by Chris Rachel also on the bill will be Raw Deluxe and DJ Pos Red spinning a warm up set. Click here for more information!
Also happening in San Francisco tomorrow night is a highly recommended show at Mighty with a set by DJ legend Mixmaster Mike plus a special performance by Del the Funky Homosapien. The event is being presented by EA (Electronic Arts) and is part of the gaming company's Need for Speed Hot Pursuit promotional tour. Del, a noted gamer, will be right at home at this event, which will be all about the new racing game. Also spinning will be DJs Sake One, Teeko, Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist, and Justin Johnson. Admission is (wait for it) free since it is a product promotional event but you have to RSVP asap here.
DJ Tripp will be doing something novel tomorrow night when he spins his set at Bootie SF at the DNA Lounge. He will be doing his entire mash-up set off a pair of iPads! The party will also include sets from regulars / organizers A+D (Adrian and Mysterious D), who are just back from Burning Man; DJ Dada; the Future Universal DJs Pete; Kirin Rider; & Kidhack, plus an 11pm set from live mashup band Smash Derby, and a midnight mashup show with live beatboxers Infinite of Felonious & Syzgy of Vowel Movement All-Stars. More info here.
The brand new Michael Franti & Spearhead song/video "The Sound of Sunshine" (2010)
The main event tomorrow, which is free with a suggested $5 donation, runs from 11am until 5pm at Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park with Franti & Spearhead again performing along with Rebelution, Crystal Bowersox, Rupa & the April Fishes, Loco Bloco, and Sellassie. In the festival's DJ Tent will be Fort Knox Five, DJ Adnan, DJ Heyman, and Adam Strauss. The big event, which attracts tens of thousands annually, also features a kids stage, an eco village, and (beginning early) at 9am a call for 1000 Yogis with Seane Corn. Meanwhile, Sunday's daytime events start early and include Franti & Spearhead back at the Fillmore at both 10:30am and 1pm for the festival's yoga & Brazilian dance workshop ($30) followed by the Family Matinee at the same venue at 4pm ($20). For complete exact times, locations, prices and other information for the festival and all related events visit powertothepeaceful.org.