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Hip-Hop Rap Up 09:09:11: E-Lit's Picks, Knives and Gasoline, Paul White, Tragedy Khadafi, Casual, DaVinci & DJ Platurn, F.A.M.E., DJ Nu-Mark, Kurupt's The Academy, YG Stunna & V-Nasty

Posted by Billyjam, September 9, 2011 12:05pm | Post a Comment

E-Lit @ Amoeba Berkeley Wk ending Sept 9th, 2011


Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 09:09:11


1) Lil Wayne  The Carter IV (Cash Money/Universal)

2) Casual The Hierophant (F.B.M.G.)

3)  elZHi  Elmatic (2 DopeBoyz)

4) Open Mike Eagle Rappers Will Die of Natural Causes
          (Hellfyre Club)

5) Blu Jesus (Nature Sounds)

Thanks to E-Lit at Amoeba Music in Berkeley for talking with the Amoeblog again this week for the latest Hip Hop Top Five chart entries plus his overview of some slept-on, under the radar items at Amoeba that folks should be aware of. These new release picks by E-Lit include on vinyl the UK import Rapping With Paul White album featuring such guests as Homeboy Sandman, Guilty Simpson, Jehst, the "Greenberg"  the new picture disc 12" single from Alchemist, Oh No, and Roc Marciano, and the alt hip-hop CD full-length by Knives and Gasoline, Love Songs For Crime Scenes featuring slept on producer LA hip-hop producer Deeskee and Bay Area rock vocalist Stacey Dee of Angry Amputees fame. Deeskee also produced another fave of E-Lit's; Hopeless Crooks With Open Books.

Lots of other new hip-hop releases from both hip-hop newcomers and veterans alike just out or about to drop. Someone who first arrived on the scene two decades ago is Tragedy Khadafi who made a strong mark with such political tour de forces as the revolutionary laced "Arrest The President" (back then he was known as Intelligent Hoodlum) back when George H Bush (senior) was in power. For the artist's latest. about to drop, release Thug Matrix 3, he comes across as forceful albeit not as political. Joining him on the new album, which arrives in Amoeba September 20th, are Killa Sha with production by: araabMUZIK, Shroom, Audible Doctor, Now & Laterz, and Ayatollah. in preparation of the new release he is dropping a series of lead up webisodes including this week's behind the scenes studio-footage for the making of the track “Each One, Teach One” (produced by Audible Doctor) and here is one for the making of "Illuminous Flow."  Below is the video for the artist's classic, golden era, politically charged 1990 single "Arrest The President."

Intelligent Hoodlum/Tragedy Khadafi "Arrest The President" (1990)



The Academy feat Kurupt, Raekwon & Kojoe “Samaryda” (2011)


Dropping in the coming week is The Academy - featuring the above single/video “Samaryda” - which is described by its makers as "a bi-coastal merging of the minds that provides an undeniable unity long since forgotten amidst the landscape of popularized feuds, beefs, and unfounded media hypes." And they ain't lying when they say a "merging of the minds" since a total of 55 MC's culled from underground and mainstream, old school and new school hip-hop make up The Academy which will be released on Tuesday, September 13th by Terminal 3/Penagon/Bonzi Records.

The talent packed 20 track CD project, which is executive produced by Kurupt, features an impressive roll-call of contributors that include (to name but a few) Raekwon, Jadakiss, Pete Rock, Royce Da 5’9”, Redman, Styles P, Crooked I, Sean Price, Method Man, Canibus, LA the Darkman, Keith Murray, Planet Asia, Rass Kass, K-Solo, LA The Darkman, Billy Danze (M.O.P.), Pack FM, Pete Rock, Keith Murray, Chino XL and the artist Kurupt himself too. Production is handled by Terminal 3 Productions whose impressive resume includes such projects as Wu-Tang Meets the Indie Culture, The Four Horsemen and The Undergods.



D.Willz "Licka Sto" (2007)


Here in the Bay Area there's lots of great hip-hop shows jumping off in the week ahead with a ton of them all on just tonight. These include at the New Parish in Oakland, where Jean Grae and Mr Len played earlier this week, will be North Oakland rap talent D.Willz who was interviewed here on the Amoeblog this week along with the video production duo of Raremink who are responsible for his current popular "Watermelon" video. Above is video for another catchy track from the East Bay artist; his single "Licka Sto" from four years ago.

Also tonight, September 9th, is a great benefit show at PublicWorks in San Francisco with proceeds going to Mission Graduates and Seven Teepees Youth Program. That lineup includes DJ Numark (Jurassic 5), Afrolicious, Motion Potion, and DJ Platurn. More info. And Clockwise Records is having a big showcase tonight at the Elbo Room at 647 Valencia in SF with Dirty Boots, Hot Pocket (feat. members of Bayonics), Seamoose, Professor Brian Oblivion, and some others including former Amoeba Berkeley employee Wonway Posibul. 10pm $10. More info

At Mezzanine at 444 Jessie in SF tonight is Mission Block the hip-hop show affiliated with the Mission Creek Music Festival with sets from both F.A.M.E. (Fresh Analog Music Experience), and DJ Toure of the Hieroglyphics who is responsible for producing the Casual album The Hierophant on this week's Amoeba Top Five chart

And finally I leave you with a couple of new Bay Area videos. One is the latest from Fillmore rapper DaVinci on which he teams up with the Oakland Faders' DJ Platurn; the video for the track "D.R.E.A.M." from his new EP Feast or Famine. The other video is the remix of Kreayshawn's "Gucci Gucci" by YG Stunna featuring Stevie L with V-Nasty which was filmed recently on location in both Sacramento and Oakland.



DaVinci "D.R.E.A.M. (feat DJ Platurn)" (2011)



YG Stunna with V Nasty feat Stevie L “Gucci Gucci” (Remix)" (2011)


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E-lit's Picks (1), Knives And Gasoline (1), Paul White (1), Tragedy Khadafi (1), Casual (14), Davinci & Dj Platurn (1), F.a.m.e. (1), Dj Nu-mark (5), Kurupt's The Academy (1), Yg Stunna & V-nasty (1)