Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 04:13:12
1) De La Soul's Plug 1 & Plug 2 present First Serve (Duck Down)
2) Georgia Anne Muldrow & Madlib Seeds (Epistrophik Pea)
3) Obie Trice Bottoms Up (Ingrooves/Black Market Ent.)
4) Pep Love Rigmarole (Hieroglyphics Imperium /Clear Label)
5) J Rawls presents Liquid Crystal Liquid Crystal Project 3 (Green Streets Int )
Thanks to E-Lit for the video above (shot earlier this week) in which he runs down all the brand new and recent hip-hop releases at Amoeba Music in Berkeley where new releases include Obie Trice's Bottoms Up (with an Eminem cameo), Nicki Minaj's new 19 track CD Pink Friday...Roman Reloaded, Pep Love's Rigmarole via the Hieroglyphics Imperium's Clear Label, and the latest installment in the J Rawls presents Liquid Crystal Liquid Crystal Project 3 on Green Streets. Meanwhile the top two sellers this week are the new De La Soul side project (second week in a row) by the legendary hip-hop crews Plugs 1 and 2 titled Plug 1 & Plug 2 present First Serve and released on the mighty Duck Down Records label. In close second place is yet another title to add to the hard working Madlib's already long discography - a collaboration with singer/musician Georgia Anne Muldrow - Seeds via Epistrophik Pea - which is described here on the Amoeba website as "a psychedelic wonder of an album with Muldrow’s sensual and swooping vocals backed by Madlib’s sick backdrop of processed samples, with underwater basslines, Stax guitars and devilish beats. It’s a match made in psych-soul heaven, as Muldrow weaves the human thread keeping swirling songs like the title track from floating away." No wonder it sold out and had to be reordered at the Berkeley store!
E-Lit, who lives and breathes hip-hop and, in a good-humored fashion, describes himself as "that guy with the long neck bobbing around something fierce in the front of 90% of Bay Area indie rap shows" on his ever-informative blog My BackpackIs Bigger Than Yours. On that blog his recent reviews of Bay Area indie hip-hop shows include one of the slept-on recent Old Dominion show and the Fake Four North American Tour Bay Area stop with Sole, Ceschi, Bleubird and Kirby Dominant at San Francisco's Elbo Room on Tuesday of last week (April 4th) in which he raved about Kirby Dominant's set writing that, "a super entertaining solo performance that conveyed his charismatic personality and got the crowd in a really good mood.
Apparently Kirby was booked as an opener since he's so strongly associated with being a local Oakland part of the Fake Four roster, but he's been living in New York as of late and nearly forgot about the show, making the flight out to SF in the nick of time and barely reaching the venue as an opener. Equipped with only his iPod, a microphone, and a stiff drink from the bar, Kirby Dominant breezed through a number of songs from his recent Paranoid Castle album and a few of his older joints with his trademark humorous style. He comically addressed the crowd on songs like "D.U.I," "The Mature Life" and "Red Carpet," even poking fun at his own hooks and wylin' out on stage. He also offered up some hilarious banter between songs, begging one of the many nerdy white people in attendance to hook him up with a proper twitter feed. By the time Kirby was done, the crowd was all smiles. Excellent set."
Coincidentally I ran into Kirby Dominant Tuesday night at Oakland Airport as we both boarded the same red-eye Jet Blue flight back to NYC when he enthused about the Elbo Room show and also about an interesting event that he was planning on attending the following evening. It was prolific & well known young Berkeley rapper Lil B "The Based God." The independent East Bay artist who has worked with the likes of Lil Wayne and Drake, was not doing a concert but a lecture at NYU that cost $10 to attend ($5 if you were an NYU student). So what would Lil B be talking about? Reportedly, Kirby told me, it was something that he promised would "change peoples' lives." Because it was sold out I didn't attend but Kirby did and today told me about the lecture that packed 300 + (mostly NYU students) into the New York university lecture hall. "It was a really good uplifting talk that lasted about an hour and a half with Lil B signing autographs and taking pics afterwards," said Kirby. "And in his talk he was really stressing positivity. It was mainly his philosophy on life and he was saying things like 'I am just promoting love' and 'Don't be too hard on yourself, don't beat yourself up over little things' and 'Don't let the haters get you down.' He was saying to the NYU audience that 'Everyone one of you is already a legend' and that 'You are already heroes for being here at NYU.'" Kirby said that in the Q+A segment that someone asked him about the interviewer guy a few years back who punched him out after not getting a Souljah Boy contact and how that prompted Lil B to further stress his philosophy of love and turning the other cheek. "It was a basic but positive message he gave," said Kirby. "He said how important it is to just be yourself and not worry about what others think."
Typical sports bars are not near this much fun! Giants fans take note that later today Friday April 13th, rain or shine, in support of their hometown team's season opener a gang of artists, DJs and MCs will celebrate the jumpoff at the Lower Branch at 144 King St (right across from the ballpark). The space has multiple flat screens to enjoy the game and the party, which will begin right after the last out, and include music and art. DJ Quest will be the main DJ with some other special guest DJs and MCs joining him. Meanwhile the art will be by Zamon (z-man), Chris Anway, Natrl, Ashley Bell, Joshua Coffy, Laura Gonzalez, and Paolo Salazar. No cover 144 King Street
And finally I leave you with the latest brand new video from Oakland's League 510 "We Out Here."