Amoeba Music Hollywood Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 09:24:10
1) Black Milk Album of the Year (Fat Beats)
2) Eminem Recovery (Aftermath, Interscope, Shady)
3) The Roots How I Got Over (Def Jam)
4) Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot... The Son of Chico Dusty (Def Jam)
5) Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (Interscope)
Thanks to Ricky Ray Rivere at the Hollywood Amoeba Music for this week's hip-hop top chart, which features some releases that have been out for a minute -- most notably the still-going-strong Black Eyed Peas' summer 2009 album The E.N.D. "It's a singles driven market," noted Ricky, adding that the Peas "always have a current hit single it seems." One of the newer chart entries is Black Milk's recently released follow up album to Tronic, the twelve track Album of the Year on Fat Beats that most people seem to be feeling.
Last Sunday, Sept. 19th, 2010, marked the one-year anniversary of the tragic death of New York DJ extraordinaire Roc Raida of the X-Men/X-Ecutioners fame. He was a much loved champion DJ & gifted turntablist (and really nice guy). The occasion has been marked by many over the past week both online and in the clubs.
On Tuesday night at ongoing San Francisco club Skratchpad (run by Deeandroid & Celskiiii) they honored Roc Raida as part of the night that included a special set by Strictly Albert (Albert Mathias of Live Human fame). "It was a great night; Albert was awesome, surprise guest DJs, Roc Raida doubles tribute when a bunch of DJs rocked it. It was crazy," reported DJ Deeandroid.
Tonight in Los Angeles is an even bigger tribute event to the DJ, who died as a result of complications of cardiac arrest after participating in a rigorous military-level, self-defense/martial arts system training course under Krav Maga. Titled The Official Roc Raida L.A. Tribute, tonight's event (flyer left) at the Echoplex will feature members of both the X-Ecutioners and the world famous Beat Junkies. Individual turntablist talents will include renowned DJs such as Boogie Blind, Precision, Rob Swift, Rhettmatic, Babu, D-Styles, J-Rocc, Melo D, Mr. Choc, Curse, and P-Trix. Also expect some special surprise guests for this must-attend event. If you cannot make it but wish to make a donation online they can be sent via paypal.com by using this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. 100% of the $15 door cover for tonight's LA show goes to the late DJ's wife and their children. Click here for all the details!
And after the benefit for his fellow X-Ecutioner/X-Men member, the Queens, NY based Rob Swift will travel from LA up to the Bay Area tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 25th) for another benefit when he will perform a special Roc Raida tribute set at SOM Bar in the Mission District of San Francisco.
Also on tomorrow night's bill will be DJ Platurn, DJ Blaqwest and DJ Mr E, plus Rakaa (of Dilated Peoples, who recently dropped an amazing solo album, Crown of Thorns, on Decon). Click here for more info.
DJ Muggs vs Ill Bill "Illuminati" (2010)
Above is the new video for the song "Illuminati" from the recently released DJ Muggs vs Ill Bill album Kill Devil Hills on Fat Beats Records, an album that is popular at Amoeba. In that same rough, rugged, and raw school of hip-hop is La Coka Nostra member Slaine, whose forthcoming solo album A World With No Skies on Suburban Noize Records will be released on October 26th. The solo joint will feature guest appearances from many of Slaine's regular cast of co-conspirators: Everlast, B-Real, Vinnie Paz (Jedi Mind Tricks), Ill Bill, Statik Selektah, Reef The Lost Cause, and DJ Lethal. Statik Selektah, who produced 3 tracks on the new album, also joined Slaine on the non-album track “The Worst,” which is available for listening and also as a free download here. Slaine and Statik Selektah also collaborated on the song "Run It," featured in the new Ben Affleck directed, number one at the box office movie The Town. Additionally Slaine is in the movie, playing a Boston bank robber and ably acting alongside Affleck and Jeremy Renner.
Donwill of hip-hop group Tanya Morgan with Luis @ Amoeba SF (2010)
Above is a great recently posted What's In My Bag? video clip featuring Donwill of hip-hop group Tanya Morgan doing some digging (music and video-wise) at the San Francisco Amoeba and chopping it up with Luis. One of the releases he picked up was Dam Funk, an excellent choice from the Stones Throw label. The ever prolific and increasingly diverse Peanut Butter Wolf founded Stones Throw, which continues to surprise and impress with its releases. Upcoming releases include a new album by Steve Arrington, formerly of the legendary funk/soul group Slave. The album will be produced in its entirety by Dam-Funk and will feature such tracks as “4 My Homiez” and “I Be Trippin,” both of which I've heard and both of which are dope.
And finally, I leave you with the brand new track and video "Baseball Numbers" from longtime Portland, OR artist Cool Nutz, who is on the cover of the new Murder Dog magazine. The song is from his latest album, Incredible, which was produced by Northwest producer Terminill and features appearances from Mistah Fab, Bosko, Liv Warfield, Mic Crenshaw, and Maniac Lok. The video was directed by Beejan Iranshad.
Cool Nutz "Baseball Numbers" (2010)
Cool Nutz "Baseball Numbers" (2010)