1) Blu & Exile Below The Heavens Re-Issue (Sound In Color)
2) Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (Capitol)
3) Tyler the Creator Goblin (XL Recordings)
4) Blu Her Favorite Colo(u)r (Nature Sounds)
5) Neek The Exotic Still On The Hustle (Fatbeats)
Two of the top five on this week's hip-hop chart are from LA emcee / producer Blu and both new chart entries are actually reissues from the artist, who is now signed to Warner Brothers and busy working on his major label debut, due out later this year. The 30 minute remastered Her Favorite Colo(u)r, care of Brooklyn's Nature Sounds, was formerly a free mixtape, and is now being released officially for the first time. The other is a reissue of the long out of print acclaimed collaboration of Blu with Exile, Below The Heavens. This 2007 release was the artist's first full length album and was widely acclaimed by many as one of the best hip-hop albums not just of its year but of the decade. In fact, so in demand was the album that since it went out-of-print, much sought after copies sold on eBay for $100 to $200 a pop. Obviously, the new reissue is considerably cheaper, but be forewarned, it is a limited edition pressing, so get yours now before it's too late.
Tyler The Creator of OFWGKTA fame's much talked about album Goblin on XL Recordings has been selling well not only in its regular CD version but also in the Deluxe CD package and the vinyl LP version. As with the Berkeley and San Francisco stores, demand is high for the Beastie Boys' eighth and latest album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two on Capitol Records. Diehard Beastie fans should check out the entertaining just published Glossary of 170 Beastie Boys Lyric References By The AV Club
Another new chart entry is emcee Neek The Exotic's Still On The Hustle which is actually a collaborative full-length with production wizard & hip-hop veteran Large Professor -- aka Large Pro -- the famed MC/producer/musician/DJ and crate digger (see him digging in the Amoeba Hollywood bins two years ago below).
The Large Professor, who came to fame as part of the golden era crew Main Source and since has helped craft the sound of such artists as Kool G Rap, A Tribe Called Quest, and Nas (Illmatic), had previously worked with the Neek The Exotic back in 1999 on The Sqwad Productions 12" which paved the way for this latest release. Still On The Hustle has a distinctly throw-back feel to that golden era of hip-hop and includes a guest spot on the mic from Joell Ortiz. Large Professor also stepped aside on a few of the tracks to allow other producers in on the mix including Lord Finesse, Marco Polo, and Carnage. Immediately below is the title track to the new Fatbeats album.
Rubin will produce a good amount of Legendary Weapons too, with further production from such others as Lil Fame of M.O.P. (aka Fizzy Womack) and Andrew Kelley. In addition to the core three of Ghostface, RZA, and Meth, the album will also feature turns by Cappadonna, Inspectah Deck, U God, and some special guests.
They will also be on Rock The Bells (RTB) this year (Souls of Mischief also confirmed they'll be on RTB, as will RZA & crew). Also on the San Francisco bill Sunday will be The Jacka, Stubby, Skynet, Fresh Jet, Krypto, Danked Out & S.B., and DJ Sean G. 9pm doors 21+ Advance tix $25. More info.
And on Thursday (June 2nd) at 9pm Pharoahe Monch plays 330 Ritch. 21+ $15. Check back here next week for more on this anticipated show. And finally, I leave you with the great new video by SF rapper DaVinci featuring fellow Fillmore resident & SF rap veteran San Quinn plus soulful singer Matt Blaque. The video is one of two new ones by DaVinci released over the past two weeks. The other one, Drums & Ammo/ DaVinci - "Round Me," which is produced by Al Jieh, was released two days ago.