Now that we are officially into the holiday shopping period there are more new hip-hop releases than ever arriving on the Amoeba Music shelves. Some are brand new recordings while others are older (slept-on or forgotten) musical material that has been remastered and/or repackaged. As reported in the most recent Amoeba Weekly Hip-Hop Rap Up, new hip-hop releases last week included Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Gangrene (Alchemist & Oh No), Shady Nate, and Messy Marv, to name but a few.
This week's new releases, which are at Amoeba now (Tuesday, Nov 30th), include albums from two of today's more popular, high-profile rap artists: Flo Rida and Soulja Boy. Soulja Boy (aka Soulja Boy Tell Em) drops his fourth studio album, The DeAndre Way (Stacks on Deck/Interscope), which, in addition to the regular ten track CD, comes in a deluxe edition that features four bonus tracks plus a DVD. Meanwhile, Flo Rida's latest Only One Flo (Part 1) (Poe Boy/Atlantic) is the Florida artist's third studio album and the follow up to last year's full-length, R.O.O.T.S. Only One Flo (Part 1). (Note Part 2, which was supposed to drop simultaneously, has been postponed until 2011.) The new record clocks in at less than half an hour and features guest appearances from Akon, Kevin Rudolf, Ludacris, and Gucci Mane and includes the singles "Club Can't Handle Me" and "Turn Around (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)."
The Black Eyed Peas' last album, The E.N.D., which was released back in June of 2009, continues to sell well at Amoeba, but it is finally being replaced by the phenomenally popular LA group's anticipated sixth and latest album, The Beginning (Interscope), which musically continues in the electronic-driven, AutoTune happy, dance floor & pop-radio ready vein that made the singles-heavy The E.N.D. such a globally popular release. And for those BEP fans that can't get enough of The E.N.D., the Super Deluxe Edition of the new album comes with a bonus disc titled The Best of the E.N.D.
Click here to check out the new video for the recently released The Beginning's lead single "The Time (Dirty Bit)." The song, which reworks/samples the theme from the movie Dirty Dancing -- "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," features Fergie. However, overall she seems less present on this album than on The E.N.D. Nonetheless, it's still a great album, flawlessly crafted to be another huge pop hit for the group.
Older hip-hop albums that have been dug up and re-released include East Coast emcee AZ's 1995 release Do or Die. Originally released by EMI, this 15th Anniversary copy of the album comes from Traffic Entertainment. Do or Die includes cameos by Nas and Miss Jones, production from the likes of Pete Rock and Buckwild, and has been nicely re-mastered and re-packaged.
Other classic hip-hop albums resurfacing are two true classics from NYC female emcee MC Lyte: her 1988 debut Lyte As A Rock (which I was just playing the other day -- what an album!) and 1991's Act Like You Know. Both have been reissued by Rhino/Elektra.
Other new releases this week include Joell Ortiz (Free Agent), Freeway (Diamond In The Rough), and Copywrite (The Life and Times of Peter Nelson). And next week, Tuesday, December 7th, there will be many more new hip-hop releases from artists such as Redman, Wale, and Sheek Louch. Check back on the Amoeblog for updates.