1) Odd Future The Odd Future Tape Vol. 2 (Odd Future)
2) Ecid Werewolf Hologram (Fill In The Breaks)
3) WZRD wzrd (Universal Republic)
4) Madlib Medicine Show No. 13: Black Tape (Madlib Medicine Show)
5) Too $hort No Trespassing (Dangerous Music)
Thanks to E Lit at the Berkeley Amoeba store for the latest Top Five Chart and for the run down, in video above, of the new & recent arrivals in the hip-hop section of Amoeba. Number one is the brand new release Odd Future Tape Vol. 2 - the second collaborative album to date from the phenomenally popular young LA hip-hop collective Odd Future (aka OFWGKTA as in Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All) who five years ago first came into being when 17-year-old Tyler (The Creator) Okonoma assembled his crew of close friends and collaborators (rappers Hodgy Beats & Casey Veggies, and producers Left Brain & Super 3). That was back in 2007 when the collective merged creative forces to create the original The Odd Future Tape. Fast forward half a decade to now, March 2012, and we have the very high profile sequel to that very underground release. In addition to their profile growth, Odd Future's lineup has also grown. Newer members (all of whom contribute to the new release) include MCs Mike G & Domo Genesis, jazz duo The Internet, and singer Frank Ocean. The Odd Future Tape Vol. 2 features such standout tracks as "Analog 2," "50," "White," and the lead single (video below) "Rella." You can buy the CD version of this album in each of the three Amoeba stores as well as from the online Amoeba store. Note that the vinyl/LP version of this album will be available in Amoeba on the upcoming Record Store Day; next month on Saturday April 21st.
Odd Future "Rella" (2012)
Copywrite "Workahol" (2012)
Above are the brand new videos from both Copywrite (for "Workahol" from his latest God Save The King) and from Tanya Morgan - the Brooklynati (Brooklyn by way of Cincinnati) hip-hop duo for their track "Rock The Bells." The pair (Von and Don), who just got off a European tour, have been pretty busy of late with projects including their recently released digital only EP You & What Army, from where this song originates, and a new full-length album with producer 6th Sense in the works -likely to drop later this year.
David Banner "Believe (feat. Big K.R.I.T.)" (2012)
After leaking the audio last week, David Banner presents the above brand new video, for his new song “Believe,” featuring fellow Mississippi native, BIG K.R.I.T The track is off Banner's upcoming full-length mixtape, Sex, Drugs and Video Games, scheduled to be released on May 22nd as a free downloadable release for which the artist will ask for (but not require) a dollar donation from fans.
Released earlier this week in limited pressing is a benefit for the family of the late great turntablist Roc Raida from the X-Men/X-Ecutioners crews. Overseen and released by his buddy from the X-Ecutioners DJ crew Rob Swift the release is "a collection of songs and DJ battle style routines that defined Grand Master Roc Raida the artist. I also recorded original scratch/beat juggle compositions dedicated to Raida," said Rob Swift.
"Mista Sinista, Precision and Total Eclipse also make cameos paying tribute to some of our favorite Roc Raida battle sets," said Swift who added that , "It's about Raida, his wife Tye and their 3 kids (Tia, Nyra and Asia). Proceeds from the mixtape sales will be donated to Raida's family." To order a copy or find out more information visit Rob Swift's website.
Tomorrow in the Bay Area, Saturday March 24th, is Rock The School Bells 5 Hip Hop Conference & Concert at Skyline in San Bruno with performances from Dead Prez, Rocky Rivera, and Dregs One who will also be doing a presentation on Bay Area hip-hop history.
The concert event's proceeds will go towards scholarships for disadvantaged youth in the area. Rock The School Bells happens at Skyline College, 3300 College Drive, San Bruno, CA 94066 on Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 9:30 PM. For tickets and more info click here.
And finally I leave you with a video clip (care of BBC) of De La Soul's Plug 1 and Plug 2 performing “Move ‘Em In, Move ‘Em Out” (off their upcoming album, First Serve, to be released on April 2nd) at BBC 6 Music’s studios in celebration of their 10th anniversary.