El-P "Stay Down (feat Nick Diamonds)" live on Letterman last week (May 2012)
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top 5 : Week Ending May 5th, 2012
1) El-P Cancer4Cure (Fat Possum)
2) Psycho Realm Presents Sick Jacken & Cyni In Terror Tapes 2 (MB Recordings)
3) Killer MIke R.A.P. Music (William Street)
4) House Shoes Time EP (Tres Records)
5) Odd Future The Of Tape Vol. 2 (Odd Future)
Lots of great new releases on the brand new Amoeba Hip-Hop Top Five chart from the Hollywood Amoeba store this week including in the number one slot El-P's welcome return, after 5 years with no new releases, with his all killer, twelve track album Cancer4Cure (aka C4C which is avail in both CD and LP formats) via the Fat Possum record company (he folded his Def Jux record label a while back). The Amoeba website store calls this latest El-P release "his strongest work since his debut, Fantastic Damage" and praising the supertalented East Coast producer/emcee for sounding "as energized as he did on that decade-old debut, matching Killer Mike (whose own excellent R.A.P. Music also recently came out and was produced by El-P) rhyme for rhyme on standout “Tougher Colder Killer,” also featuring fellow Def Jux alumnus Despot."
Other releases on this new chart include the latest Odd Future album - The Of Tape Vol. 2, the brand new Psycho Realm presents Sick Jacken installment Presents Sick Jacken & Cyni In Terror Tapes 2, which will not disappoint fans of this ongoing series, and Detroit to Los Angeles transplant (and early ambassador of J-Dilla and other then unknown Detroit artists) House Shoes' Time EP on vinyl on Tres Records which note ships for free anywhere in the US from Amoeba.com. The other new entry in this week's Top Five is the aforementioned El-P produced Killer MIke's R.A.P. Music on William Street which is well worth picking up.
Killer Mike "Reagan" off R.A.P. Music (Produced by El-P) (May 2012)
As you know the ever prolific Killer Mike marked his debut a dozen years back with cameos on the OutKast's album Stankonia and followed that up three years later by releasing his own solo debut album, Monster. With the release last week of his latest,R.A.P. Music the artist has been garnering extremely positive reviews overall which typically praise the new album for its balance of good ole hip-hop with politically-charged lyrics. Spin magazine, which sums the album and its maker up nicely, writes: "A child of the '80s and a student of the Internet, Killer Mike is as exciting and wildly unclassifiable as hip-hop gets: New York noise and country shit, nods to when rap was punk and crunk was pop, Ice Cube before he needed hooks, David Banner before he needed to whisper, and Willie D before he needed anybody." Hah hah! A funny and accurate review of an album that is unique in that it will appeal to both fans of new hip-hop and those hungry for the conscious content of hip-hop of a bygone era. Check out the track "Reagan" above as a prime example - in which he not only talks some real smack on that disaster of an actor turned president but also shows no love for Obama who he sees as the latest in a string of puppets in power of the USA.
With the Memorial Day holiday weekend upon us there are so many events going on (daytime and evening) everywhere including here in California that it would be impossible to attempt to attend them all so be selective and be safe. Some of these events in the Bay Area include tonight's big blowout version of the DJ Platurn produced 45 Sessions at Mighty in San Francisco with Platurn, Large Professor, Shortkut, and Enki all spinning 45s only plus free BBQ all night long. More info on Mighty here.
Also happening tonight in San Francisco - hometown hip-hop group BPos are throwing a release party for their latest album/mix release Pos Tapes Volume 3 at Club 6 on Sixth Street. 9pm
Tomorrow night (Saturday May 26th) DJ Neil Armstrong along with Prince Aries will be throwing down all night (10pm to 3am) at SOM Bar on 16th in the Mission of SF. More info on SOM here.
DJ Quest and his crew will be among the countless entertainers out in force at this Saturday and Sunday's Carnaval celebrations in San Francisco. More detailed info on Carnaval SF here. Oh and the official Carnaval after party on Sunday night is happening at club Mezzanine at 444 Jessie Street in SF with performances from Tarrus Riley, Los Rakas, Common Kings, Sambaxe, plus host Lyrics Born. More info here.
And closing out the holiday weekend on Monday evening recommended events include The Roots playing The Regency on Van Ness and Sutter and in San Francisco. For more info on this all ages show click here.
And finally I leave you with the new and funny video for the song "Neato" from the "group" Three Loco (aka 3 Loco) featuring some familiar faces. Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
Three Loco "Neato" (2012)