Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Chart Week Ending 06:09:12
1) Big K.R.I.T. Live From The Underground (Island/Def Jam)
2) Curren$y The Stoned Immaculate (Warner Brothers)
3) Casual He Still Think He Raw (Hieroglyphics Imperium)
4) The Jacka The Sentence ( Siccness)
5) El-P Cancer4Cure (Fat Possum)
As outlined in both the chart and accompanying video above with E-Lit at Amoeba Berkeley, the new number one on the Amoeba Hip-Hop chart is the major label Def Jam/Island debut from the phenomenally popular Southern mic wrecker Big K.R.I.T. Live From The Underground. The arrival of this guest heavy album, including the surprise guest spot by blues legend BB King, follows hot on the heels of a series of mixture reissues such as Return of 4Eva from the Mississippi MC that fans can't seem to get enough of. Another artist that commands a diehard following is prolific Bay Area rapper The Jacka who returns to the Amoeba chart this week with The Sentence, which as E-Lit notes, is the final/third part of his ongoing rap trilogy.
Another homegrown hip-hop artist on this new chart is Casual whose new album art, which draws inspiration from a classic War album from 40 years ago, is outlined a little lower down on this blog. Yet another throwback seventies rock album cover font/layout is Curren$y's brand new release The Stoned Immaculate, which like its title draws inspiration from Jim Morrisson/The Doors. The Stoned Immaculate, like all of Curren$y's albums, stays in the dank/stoner vein that fans have come to know/love him for. Not surprisingly fellow 420 ambassador Wiz Khalifa is friends with the artist and makes a cameo on a track that is produced by the aforementioned Big K.R.I.T. Washington DC emcee Wale is another album guest as are Estelle, Daz, Pharrell, Marsha Ambrosius, 2 Chainz, and Smoke DZA to name but some of the collaborators.
Above is the cover art for the brand new chart entry from Casual, the album He Still Think He Raw, alongside the 1972 War album The World Is A Ghetto to which his album art pays homage. Nice! Meanwhile the new album from the famed Hieroglyphics member, who talked with the Amoeblog about his illustrious two-decade career a year ago when he released his last album The Hierophant is the anticipated follow up to his 2001 album He Think He Raw. The artist, who has been active as a video producer in recent times, also made an accompanying He Still Think He Raw movie featuring Casual who is also known as Smash Rockwell.
Fellow Hiero member DJ Toure has just unleashed a new track entitled "She Like It" that features cameos from B-Legit, D-Lo, and London. The new song's accompanying video is below. Also below, released just a couple of days ago, is the no-holds-barred video for Killer Mike's "Big Beast" track off the new El-P produced album and featuring Bun B, T.I., and Trouble as well as the rapper and the producer. Note that this is a pretty hardcore video so do NOT watch if you are in anyway squeamish (lots of blood and guts towards end of this unedited, extended version)
Killer Mike - "Big Beast" (Official Video, ft. Bun B, T.I., Trouble, & El-P
DJ Toure "She Like It (feat B-Legit, D-Lo, and London)" (2012)
Jesse Fame, Shing02, Seph One "Regardless" (2012)
Above is the brand new video for "Regardless" from Jesse Fame, Shing02, and Seph One. Recently shot on location in Hawaii the video does not include any shots of the very private Jesse Fame but Earl13 and Bboy Dan do make b-boy cameos.
In other hip-hop news Mac Miller is among those on the new hip-hop version of TV's legendary Hollywood Squares show. The new MTV produced hip-hop version, which is titled Hip Hop Squares and airs on MTV2, features guests like Common, Questlove, Donald Glover, Method Man and Biz Markie answering answering hip-hop and general pop culture questions. More info here.
A long time in the making word has it that the DJ Premier / Pete Rock album will be coming soon. Following some live shows together including one at Mighty in SF late last year and a DVD featuring the two legendary beat makers in Japan Premo and Pete Rock will be releasing an album with both artists contributing six tracks each. And finally I leave you with Premo and Pete Rock in Japan from that aforementioned Japan DVD. It is an hour long but well worth watching and will appeal to folks who already checked out Pete Rock's Amoeba interview.