Amoeba Music San Francisco Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 05:20:11
1) Tyler the Creator Goblin (XL Recordings)
2) Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (Capitol)
3) Bambu …Exact Change…Reloaded (Beatrock Music)
4) Blu Her Favorite Colo(u)r (Nature Sounds)
5) Del Tha Funky Homosapien Golden Era CD (Council)
Thanks to Luis at Amoeba San Francisco for this week's top five, which finds in the number one position the ever outspoken, no holds barred 20 year old Tyler The Creator of LA's much hyped collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (aka OFWFKTA) with the major label follow up to his attention grabbing debut two years ago. As this website so accurately writes of this new release: "He goes all in for riveting rap polemics—misogyny, tomfoolery, psychiatric ranting, and general anti-PC entropy—but his one constant is simply thought provocation. The spitter of alt hip-hop act OFWGKTA dropped his basement recording Bastard in late 2009 like lyrical shrapnel, a shrink chair diatribe that endeared itself to lovers of cerebral rap. That one went boom. His major label debut Goblin magnifies in intensity and raw verbiage, and if you don’t believe it, check out the video of the single "Yonkers" and prepare to have your cage rattled." The video for "Yonkers" -- currently at almost 10 million YouTube views is immediately below.
Tyler The Creator "Yonkers" (2011)
Still selling well at each Amoeba is the highly recommended new Beastie Boys album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two on Capitol Records. It may now be a quarter of a century since the three white NYC punks-turned-rappers (MCA, Mike D, and Ad-Rock) dropped their debut, the landmark party rap album Licensed to Ill, but the Beasties clearly haven't lost any of their edge, as witnessed by this excellent, no-filler collection of retro sounding rap tracks whose many highlights include NAS guesting on "Too Many Rappers," plus "Funky Donkey," and "Make Some Noise." The two other Top Five entries this week that were on previous charts are Blu's Her Favorite Colo(u)r on Nature Sounds and the triple CD (for the price of one) new album from Del Tha Funky Homosapien, Golden Era (The Council), an album that the Oakland emcee/producer talks about in his Amoeblog interview this week.
The premiere entry on this week's chart comes from Bambu, an artist who has been referred to as the "Filipino Mos Def" and who is also better known as is one half of the emcee duo Native Guns. The artist's new release …Exact Change…Reloaded on Beatrock Music is actually a re-release of sorts of his late 2008 album …Exact Change… which in its new version is now a double CD with seven bonus tracks. With a variety of producers shaping the perfect backdrop for this emcee's thought-provoking lyrics, the album is a far cry from the stereotypical rap release that blindly celebrates superficial sex and consumerism. Instead Bambu examines life as a citizen of the Western World and addresses topics such as misogyny, the role of the media in society, and being a parent.
His well chosen mic guests include Zion I and Krondon. Meanwhile, the album's many producers include Fatgums, Nick James, AmpLive (he produced the Zion I guest track), Johnny 5, CZA, Illmind, 6Fingers, I.D., Fighting Cocks, Sabzi, Esta, MTK, Paper Son, DJ Phatrick, and Generation Ill. When the first version of this album dropped two and half years ago it was slept on by most, so this reissue with the bonus CD is a most welcome thing.
Standout tracks include the Nick James produced "Crooks & Rooks" (see video below), "Swing" with Zion I, the Esta produced "A Dollar," and "Misused," which is a touching lyrical composition addressed to his young son and includes memorable lines like, "You always have someone you can talk to, Son. I’ll never judge you. I’m here to guide you so that you do not get misshapen in this world." Like I said, a far cry from most superficial rap releases these days.
Bambu "Crooks & Rooks"