Amoeba Music Hollywood Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 11:20:10
1) Cee-Lo Green
The Lady Killer (Elektra Records)
2) Kid Cudi Man On The Moon 2: The Legend of Mr Roger (Universal/Motown)
3) Eligh Grey Crow (Legendary Music/ Alpha Pup)
4) Eminem Recovery (Aftermath, Interscope, Shady)
5) Drake Thank Me Later (Young Money, Cash Money/Universal)
As Cee-Lo Green's runaway hit of a new album The Lady Killer (Elektra Records) continues to dominate charts all over the globe, including the latest hip-hop top five from Amoeba Music Hollywood this week, radio DJs everywhere debate whether playing the sanitized / FCC friendly version of the album's popular online song and video "Fuck You" is worth playing at all. As you know, in its airplay-ready version it becomes "Forget You" with all swear words getting changed or edited. So is it worth playing? I say a good song is a good song, and "Forget You" is a great song. And if you had never heard the other (real) version you would enjoy it thoroughly. It reminds me of back in '94 when listeners heard "Mack Of The Year" by Dru Down being played on KMEL long before they heard the original, much nastier version, "Pimp Of The Year," by the Oakland rapper. However, once you have heard the original Cee -Lo song, the radio version sounds like it is missing the main ingredient. Below are both versions for you to be the judge of. Please post your opinion in comments below. Thanks!
Cee-Lo Green "Forget You"
Cee-Lo Green "Fuck You"
Underground emcee Eligh's tight new release Grey Crow (Legendary Music/ Alpha Pup) is at #3 on our chart and doing well at all three Amoeba stores. He is currently out on a tour that stops at Slim's in San Francisco tomorrow, Sunday, November 21st. Billed as Eligh and The Holdup, the line up includes Eligh, The Holdup, Zion I, Scarub, Oakland Faders, and Bang Data. Note that Zion I, whose recommended new album Atomic Clock (Gold Dust) just got released last week, is also playing Slim's tonight, Saturday, November 20th, along with Locksmith, Holdup, Bayliens, and longtime Bay Area KZSU radio DJ Kevvy Kev. For more exact info on both shows click here.
Another recommended show at Slim's in the coming week is the Thanksgiving themed hip-hop event next Wednesday, Nov 24th at the South of Market club. With Souls of Mischief headlining, it is described by organizers as "a Thanksgiving themed celebration of the culture and artistry of Hip Hop. The focus of the night will be to give thanks for those aspects of the art form that positively affect our personal lives and the world around us." The event will include live artwork and art on display plus entertainment from long time SF DJ Pause spinning old school classics, CandleSpit Collective, Broken Complex, Uephoric, and the star Hieros group Souls of Mischief. Click here for all the info.
The Gaslamp Killer in Manchester, UK (2009)
SoCal artist The Gaslamp Killer blew me away when I saw him perform live at one of the Low End Theory parties (something the San Diego born DJ/producer helped co-found upon moving to LA a few years back). The artist, who puts out music via Brainfeeder, is performing in LA tonight at the House of Blues alongside Daedelus in what promises to be a great show at the Sunset Strip venue. Also on the bill are Free the Robots, Samiyama and Teebs. More info here.
Tonight in San Francisco, Stellartrax presents the monthly Analog Affair at Koko Cocktails with the resident beat selector DJ Vanka spinning a refreshingly wide mix of rare and funky grooves and beats from around the globe including Latin, cumbia, ska, disco, Afrobeat. Get all the info here.
Recommended new releases just out include Gutter Water from The Alchemist + Oh No (Gangrene) on Decon, Bomb Zombies' (DJ Nobody & NoCanDo) Sincerely Yours on Hellfyre Records, and Copywrite's latest album, The Life and Times of Peter Nelson on Man Bites Dog Records via Fat Beats Distribution. Released on Tuesday, this second album by the gifted emcee features guest spots by RJD2, Sean Price, (the late) Camu Tao, Dilated Peoples, Rhettmatic, Kount Fif, Crooked I, !llmind, MHz, Motion Man and MF Grimm.
Apathy "Make Alotta Money" = best use of a Joni Mitchell sampleAnd finally, I leave you with one song and two videos. Above is the great new song "Make Alotta Money" by Apathy off his just released EP of the same name which includes the best use of a Joni Mitchell sample I've ever heard. The sample is a line from the song "River" off of Mitchell's 1971 album Blue. Both the use of the sample and the emcee's lyrics (including his observations on the illegal downloading of his music) are brilliant! Then, below there's two videos: the first is a scratching march band from France called Jazz Combo Box Scratcho Band, a marching band with a mobile scratch DJ (amp included).
The other video is is the brand new music video by Bay Area crew Fist Fam. The Jeben Berg-directed video was shot at the Rockit Room in SF and is from the forthcoming album Posted, produced by Al Lover. Fist Fam, who are part of the Gurp City collective's Southern division, did another SF show two nights ago at Club Six along with Grand Invincible and legendary SF rapper Hugh E MC, whose career dates back two plus decades. For more info on Fist Fam click here.
Fist Fam "Posted" (2010)
Jazz Combo Box Scratcho Band (2010)