Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Six Week Ending 07:08:11
1) Curren$y Weekend at Burnie's (Warner Bros)
2) Shabazz Palaces Black Up (Sub Pop)
3) Pete Rock/Smif-n-Wessun Monumental (DuckDown)
4) Philthy Rich & Messy Marv Neighborhood Superstar Part 3 (Town Thizzness)
5) Matthew Shipp/Beans/William Parker/Hprizm Knives From Heaven (Thirsty Ear)
6) Raashan Ahmad For What You've Lost (PID)
Big ups to Luis at Amoeba San Francisco for this latest hip-hop chart that includes in the number one slot the anticipated new release from one of hip-hop's most buzzed about (albeit under the radar) artists these days, New Orleans's underrated rap talent Curren$y and his sixth studio album, Weekend at Burnie's. The album, which is named after the 1989 comedy movie of the same name, is Curren$y's second full length for Warner since his exit from Def Jam. A fuill decade in the rap game Curren$y has the distinction of being simultaneously incredibly well known by a large segment of the hip-hop community (who've followed his career via the free mixtapes and official releases he's been dilegently cranking out) but relatively unknown on a mainstream level. This could all change with Weekend which packs a lot of crossover ready material.
Other new releases include the recommended new pairing of Pete Rock/Smif-n-Wessun Monumental on Brooklyn's Duck Down Records, Seattle alternative hip-hop crew Shabazz Palaces' Black Up on their famed hometown label Sub Pop who are fronted by former Digable Planets emcee Ishmael Butler (aka Palaceer Lazaro), and the collaborative Knives From Heaven project. The combined creative forces of Matthew Shipp, Beans, William Parker and Hprizm this new album is a sequel of sorts to the much hyped Blue Series project and can be filed under experimental free form jazz fused hip-hop.
The other two new releases this week are both homegrown Bay Area treats; the Town Thizznes release from the two tireless Bay rap soldiers Philthy Rich and Messy Marv Neighborhood Superstar Part 3, which features camoes from all their regular homies who you'd hope to hear guesting here including J-Stalin, Stevie Joe, The Hoodstarz, Lil Blood, Kafani and Guce. Meantime Crown City Rockers front man and totally underrated San Francisco based emcee Raashan Ahmad's For What You've Lost which previously was only available digitally and as a European import from late 2010 is now available in limited supply at Amoeba. Below is the great album track "Beautiful Ugly"
Raashan Ahmad "Beautiful Ugly"
Headnodic "Movin' On Up (feat Latyrx & Kat)" (2011)
Above is the brand new video for the song "Movin' On Up" from Raashan Ahmad's buddy Headnodic - also of the Bay Area's Crown City Rockers fame and featuring guest spots from both Latryx (Solesides/Quannum artist - Lateef The Truth Speaker & Lyrics Born) & keyboardist Kat (O1O). The track is taken from Headnodic’s forthcoming debut solo album Red Line Radio which drops on July 26th. The 20 track Red Line Radio, which is being released by Brick Records, is a pretty tight album based on the several preview tracks I've heard. And based on the artist's long and rich history in the Bay hip-hop scene that is not surprising. The album's impressive list of collaborators includes Mission (aka Raashan Ahmad & Moe Pope), People Under The Stairs, Sadat X, Mr. Lif, Gift of Gab & The Grouch, Jern Eye, Nightclubber Lang & One.Be.Lo, Myka 9 & P.E.A.C.E., The Jazz Mafia Horns, and DJ Vajra. Note that the first 1000 physical copies of the album will include a micro 33 1/3 rpm 5” record which includes two exclusive songs- “Noddy By Nature” feat. The Might Underdogs and “Nodstradamus.”
Beats, Rhymes, & Life Movie Trailer (2011)
This all ATCQ themed party will feature the acclaimed documentary film's director Michael Rapaport and other TBA special guests in the house while DJ Platurn (who did a killer ATCQ mix CD a few years back) and DJ Sake One (Local 1200) will throw down tons of Native Tongues beats.
RSVP ASAP at the Facebook page and arrive early for special gifts from Sony Classics, including Beats, Rhymes & Life movie memorabilia, mixtapes and more. More club info on Eve Lounge 575 Howard Street, SF click here. And for info on movie screenings in NorCal and nationally click here and Los Angeles screenings here. Note the film opened in LA and NY today. Below is the film's director Michael Rapaport with Peanut Butter Wolf at the Hollywood Amoeba store recently in a What's in My Bag installment
Michael Rapaport with Peanut Butter Wolf @ Hollywood Amoeba: What's in My Bag
This day next week Fillmore San Francisco rap legend San Quinn will head up to Sacramento to celebrate the release of his forthcoming new album Can't Take The Ghetto Out A Nigga with a big concert at The Colonial Theater (3522 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento) that will include the artist headlining plus sets by C-Plus, Chuuwee, Cooley Mac'N, J-Loc, Dezit Eaze, Illecism, Naveed Fars, Torry Tee, and 808 Style Inc. DJ King Assassin and DJ Oasis will also be in the house. Advance tix are $20. For presale tickets contact Baha promotions :916-897-1954. For tix from venue and other info click here.
A Plus "Give it Away (feat. Del The Funky Homosapien & Knobody)" (2011)