2) Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
3) Nicki Minaj Pink Friday (Cash Money/Universal)
4) Ghostface Killah Apollo Kids (Def Jam)
5) Cee Lo Green The Lady Killer (Elektra Records)
This week's Hip-Hop Top Five Chart from the Hollywood Amoeba store comes to you at this generally quiet time in the music business right before all the new year's first crop of releases drop. Hence, we have many of the same titles from the past few weeks represented here, including the unstoppable Kanye West, Nicki Minaj (whose new video "Moment 4 Life (feat Drake)" premiered yesterday, Wu-Tang Clan's super-gifted Ghostface Killah, and Cee Lo Green. Cee Lo Green had a most successful and high profile past year and it looks like 2011 will repeat that pattern for the artist, who first rose to fame as a member of the Goodie Mob and then as one half of Gnarls Barkley (with Danger Mouse), and who enjoyed phenomenal global success in 2010 with the song "Fuck You" from his current album The Lady Killer. Cee Lo has been busy performing and recording including, as reported in the past week, a duet with controversial UK singer Amy Winehouse. The track will likely will appear on her comeback album slated for release later this year. According to the UK magazine NME, "The two recorded the song when Green visited Winehouse's house in St. Lucia."
The number one hip-hop album at Amoeba this week is the highly recommended Madlib's Medicine Show #11: Low-Budget Hi-Fi Music on Stones Throw which, as mentioned last week, features a grip of talented guests throughout the CD's 28-tracks including Madlib joining forces with Guilty Simpson, MED, A.G., Oh No, and Strong Arm Steady. Also in this mix (perhaps the best one in the 12 part series) is the never heard JayLib track "Louder" with the late great J-Dilla. Check it out below. It's dope!
Jaylib "Louder" (Madlib Medicine Show #11)
Above is brand new video for the Pete Rock produced track "Take" from the about to drop new album Save Yourself by the Chicago emcee Verbal Kent who has been putting it down for the past decade, releasing a series of albums but this new one is definitely his most accessible to date with many recognizable big names collaborating with the Windy City MC. In addition to Pete Rock, the new album also features production from !llmind, Marco Polo, and M-Phazes, as well as microphone guest spots from golden era hip-hop legends Sadat X, Edo G, and Masta Ace,
East Coast born, Oakland based emcee Azeem is keeping busy as usual. The talented artist told the Amoeblog this week that he has "Two and a half albums in the can and so much more to come," so stay tuned for updates and more details here.
(advance single from 2011's Revenue Retrivin' Overtime Shift)
After many delays this is the year that the highly anticipated album from E-40 and Too $hort will finally be released. Titled The History Channel, the long-awaited collaborative release from these two Bay Area rap legends epitomizes the definition of "long overdue" since it has been talked about for the better part of the past decade. E-40, who also will be releasing two more album installments this year in his Revenue Retrievin' series (Overtime Shift & Graveyard Shift will follow up on 2010's year's Day Shift & Night Shift Revenue Retrivin' albums -- sample above), says it's on the way.
And so does Too $hort, who cited past politics at Jive Records as the reason for the holdup in The History Channel's release. He has said that Jive, for some reason, tried to block the two former Jive label artists from collaborating together. With Jive no longer involved, The History Channel is now scheduled for a summer 2011 release via 40's and $hort's respective labels, Sick Wid It + Up All Night, with distribution through EMI Records. Let's hope it's worth the wait and is a slumper.
E-40 made headlines a few years ago when he got into the fast food business with the first Bay Area Fatburger in Pleasant Hill, which has since closed. down. Now this week Flavor Flav, as reported here on the Amoeblog, opened a fried chicken eatery in Clinton, Iowa. Flav's Fried Chicken restaurant is reportedly the first of many to follow for the Public Enemy hypeman/reality TV star, who has a culinary degree plus some experience working in restaurants.
It's a good weekend in the Bay Area for entertainment. The big event is True Skool's 12 Year Anniversary Party tonight (Friday, Jan 28th) at 1015 Folsom with a stellar lineup that includes Black Thought of The Roots, Zumbi of Zion I, DJ J.Period, DJ Vinroc, DJ Apollo, Daddy Rolo, Mind Motion, Sake 1, Mr. E, J-Boogie, D-Sharp, and of course Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist, who oversees the long-running San Francisco event. The party happens in three rooms at 1015 Folsom, in San Francisco. 10pm doors. Runs till after hours. 21+ Limited presale tickets: $15-$25. Door: $30 Tickets / more info here:
Also tonight the ten piece funk outfit Breakestra is playing at Yoshi's San Francisco. $16. More info here.
In Santa Clara this evening the Hieroglyphics will be performing at The Avalon on a bill along with Richie Cunning and DJ Aspect. All Ages. $20. 9pm More info here.
Yes We Can Can is the name of the canned food drive and hip-hop party at Mighty tonight with Crazy Legs, DJ Tony Touch, and DJ Shortkut. Doors 10pm. Free admission until10:30pm. $5 before 11:30 and $10 after but free with three canned food items before 11:30pm. 21+.
Sunday night in the East Bay is Makossa at Hibiscus in Oakland with DJs The Latin Soul Brothers:
Joe Quixx (Oakland Faders), Wonway Posibul, & Sivan spinning a broad mix of salsa, Afro-Beat, funk, samba, reggae, and some house. There will also be live drumming by Ajayi Jackson. 21+, Free. More info here.
And finally, I leave you with a blast from the past in Oakland rap. It is the first video for Dru Down's Explicit Game debut album (C-Note 1993 -- a year later reissued in slightly different form on Relativity), "Ice Cream Man," that introduced the rap world to the young talented duo of Numskull and Yukmouth, who then went by the name Luni Tunz.
Due to copyright infringement worries and the fact that there was another hip-hop act with a similar name, they shortened it to the Luniz. Two years later they released their ever-popular debut Operation Stakola featuring the mega hit "I Got 5 On It."