Amoeba Music San Francisco Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 12:17:10
1) T.I. No Mercy (Grand Hustle)
2) Andre Nickatina/Smoov-E The King & Mr. Biscuits (I-Khan Dist.)
3) Big Rich Built to Last (Big Rich Music)
4) Buff1 & Rhettmatic Crown Royale (ASide)
5) Redman Reggie (Island Def Jam)
Special thanks to Luis at the San Francisco store for this week's top five chart. Beyond the top five, Luis notes that, "Then there's the Kanye, Curren$y and Damu the Fudgemunk, which is super dope!" The latter is also a favorite of DJ Inti at the Berkeley Amoeba, where it was a hip-hop chart contender last week. The latest SF Amoeba chart includes some local Fillmore district SF flavor from both Big Rich and Andre Nickatina. His latest outing is a joint project with his regular studio collaborator, the Tennessee to The Bay transplant Smoov E, who also sometimes goes by the name Smoov Biscuits. That explains the title of their new joint release, The King & Mr. Biscuits, which appears on Nicatina's label, I-Khan Distribution. The eleven track album features great tracks such as "For The Green (Remix) and "Genuine Draft (Remix)."
Andre Nickatina & Smoov-E "Genuine Draft (Remix)"
Meanwhile, Big Rich, who last year dropped Heart Of The City, is back with his impressive latest two-part release. Built to Last (Big Rich Music) is both an album and a documentary (CD + DVD) from the successful SF artist who has had a mixed year. Musically, he's kept busy and been artistically satisfied, he says, having spent the greater part of 2010 out on the road.
However, in his personal life 2010 was a challenging year that got off to bad start when his father died back at the start of 2010. "He has always motivated and encouraged me to live out my dreams and I haven't stopped since," said Rich, adding that Built To Last was made to, "take you through my experiences in the music industry as well into my personal life and see it all." The album's numerous impressive cameos include Paul Wall, San Quinn, Jay Rock, Too Short, the Jacka, Husulah, and R.O.D. Production duties are shared by D'animals, Money Alwayz (R.O.D.'s "Can't Stand You"), and VT (E40 ft. 50 Cent "B*tch"). You can preview the album on RIch's MySpace. Then go cop it at Amoeba.
The Fillmore, San Francisco rap scene has birthed an incredibly prolific group of artists for such a small area and has offered the rap world talents such as rap vets San Quinn, JT The Bigga Figga and Rappin 4-Tay, and recent artists such as DaVinci and Ya Boy. Another famous Fillmore rap artist, and one of the originals from the district of SF, is Hugh E MC, who is back doing shows and about to release a new double album. Truly an OG, Hugh E MC began his career over two decades ago, blew up back in the day, then disappeared for a while, but recently has been back at it 100%, doing shows and busy recording. The forthcoming album will be titled Da Bay Originatorz and will feature the track "Waterloo, aka Murder Dem." Check out the brand new video for this below along with the new video from Big Rich's Built to Last.
Hugh E MC "Waterloo, aka Murder Dem" (2010)
Big Rich "Built 2 Last" (2010)
Other new releases on the latest Amoeba chart include No Mercy from the legally troubled ATL rapper T.I., Crown Royale from the super MC/DJ duo of Buff1 & Rhettmatic, and Reggie from Brick City (Newark, NJ) emcee Redman. The seventh studio album from the artist born Reggie Noble, it of course features a cameo from his regular collaborator Method Man as well as contributions from such artists as Kool Moe Dee and Faith Evans.
As we head into the holidays there are lots of parties to choose from including many this weekend, like the Friday, December 17th event at Mighty in San Francisco with DJ sets by Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest and also Lucy Pearl fame, along with local turntable fanatics J-Boogie, Haylow, and Xarius, plus Amoeba Music fave 40Love hosting the event. More info here.
Also Friday night, at Club 6 in San Francisco, is the talent- packed Gurp Fest with TopR, Grand Invincible, DJ Quest, Foul Mouth Jerk, Z-Man, Trunk Drank, Fist Fam, Rec League, BOAC,, DJ 2 Fresh, and many more. This will be an amazing show, and the Amoeblog will be running a in-depth breakdown of the artists involved in it and the Gurp City movement overall. Check back here on Friday afternoon to read it. Meantime, club & show details here.
Saturday night, the always fun 45 Sessions will be throwing its final gig of 2010 and its final night ever at The Layover (it will resume in 2011 at a new TBA location) in downtown Oakland with mainman DJ Platurn plus special guest Paolo Cutso Bello aka DJ Cutso of the world Finger Bangerz crew out of San Jose spinning seven inch 45RPM singles exclusively all night. More info here.
And speaking of good scratch DJs, Tuesday, December 21st will be the last Skratchpad session of the year and it is going to be a memorable night. Happening at The Cellar in San Francisco, the long-running scratch-DJ specialty party, put on by female DJ duo Deeandroid and Celskiii, will include the legendary Bulletproof Scratch Hamsters, DJ 8- Ball, Mista B, Max Kane, Snayk Eyez with Hopie Spitshard, Amerrica, Chicken Skratch, and many more. If you are into scratch music then you have to attend this event -- even if you are not, you should go! It's always free and there's always lots going on so you never get bored. This final 2010 Skratchpad will be hosted by Johnny Krush and will also include an open turntable session. More info here and in flyer below.