Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Ten Week Ending April 15th, 2011
1) Atmosphere The Family Sign (Rhymesayers Entertainment)
2) Blueprint Adventures in Counter-Culture (Rhymesayers Entertainment)
3) J-Rocc Some Cold Rock Stuff (Stones Throw Records)
4) Foreign Legion Night Moves (Quality Control)
5) E-40 Revenue Retrievin: Overtime Shift (EMI)
6) E-40 Revenue Retrivin': Graveyard Shift (EMI)
7) Wiz Khalifa Rolling Papers (Atlantic)
8) Zion I & The Grouch are Heroes in the Healing of the Nation (Z&G Music)
9) Equipto & Michael Marshall Keep it Movin' 2 Love Changes (Solidarity Records)
10) Soapbox Melodics Mixtape Vol. 1 (Soapbox Melodics)
Thanks to Luis for this week's Amoeba Hip-Hop Top Ten for the San Francisco store where they are pretty busy today getting ready for the rush of tomorrow's big Record Store Day 2011. This week's chart from the Haight Street store has lots of local Bay Area releases including the latest collaborative album from Equipto & Michael Marshall, Keep it Movin' 2 Love Changes, and the new mixtape CD from Soapbox Melodics, who are comprised of members Anya, Darby, Xris, and Dirty Nate. The other Bay Area releases are E-40's two new simultaneously released albums, Revenue Retrivin: Overtime Shift and Revenue Retrivin: Graveyard Shift, Zion I & The Grouch's Heroes in the Healing of the Nation, and the brand new Foreign Legion album that dropped on Tuesday, Night Moves on Quality Control. Below is the video for the new Foreign Legion album track "Son of a Gun," along with E-40's video for "Concrete" off the Graveyard Shift CD, plus a video of Zion I & The Grouch from their current tour. The video clip captures the power pair in Sacramento recently on the national tour that finds them at The Majestic in Madison, WI tonight (April 15) and tomorrow (4/16) they'll be in Poeria, IL at Crusens.
The other (non Bay Area) releases on this week's chart include the latest albums from Wiz Khalifa, the two alternative hip-hop Rhymesayers Entertainment acts Atmosphere (The Family Sign) and Blueprint (Adventures in Counter Culture), plus the recommended new J-Rocc album, Some Cold Rock Stuff, on Stones Throw Records. And below is a video for the new J-Rocc album track "Stay Fresh" which was recently shot by label mate Mayer Hawthorne on his iPhone when the two were on tour in Japan and edited on his laptop on the flight back home.
Lots of events happening this weekend! NJ female emcee Rah Digga is playing Club Six in San Francisco tomorrow (April 16th). The Cold Crush Brothers are playing in LA both today (4/15) at 5pm at the AXE Cultural Center in Long Beach and tomorrow (4/16) at 8pm at the opening party at MOCA for the grand scale graffiti & street art themed Art in the Streets exhibition. Starting today and continuing through tomorrow and Sunday (April 15 - 17) is the Coachella 2011 festival with Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa and about another 200 acts -- way too many artists playing to list here, so go to the official Coachella website for details -- and remember if you go to look for the Record Store Day (RSD) tent set up tomorrow. And RSD, the big event this weekend to attend, runs all day tomorrow, Saturday, April 16th. Be sure to stop by Amoeba Music or your local record store sometime tomorrow and get there early to cop some rare exclusive releases, which always fly right off the shelves! And check back here on the Amoeblog tomorrow for updates on RSD.
Foreign Legion "Son of a Gun" (2011)
E-40 "Concrete" (2011)
J-Rocc "Stay Fresh" (2011)
Reks ft. Styles P "Why Cry" (2011)
Above is the new Jon Wolf directed music video for The Alchemist produced Reks song "Why Cry" featuring Styles P off the release R.E.K.S. (Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme), which is out now on Showoff/Brick Records. And finally, I leave you with the video below, recently shot over in Italy and featuring Afrika Bambaataa and numerous other die-hard hip-hop heads.