Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 07:20:12
1) J Dilla Rebirth of Detroit (Yancey Music Group)
2) Psycho Realm Presents Sick Jacken & Cyni In Terror Tapes 2 (Mb Recordings)
3) Nicki Ninaj Pink Friday Roman Reloaded (Cash Money)
4) The Pharcyde Bizarre Ride II: The Pharcyde [Expanded Edition] (Delicious Vinyl)
5) Aesop Rock Skelethon (Rhyemsayers Ent.)
Thanks to Ray Ricky Rivera at the Hollywood Amoeba store for this latest Hip-Hop Top Five chart that includes such new or recent releases as J Dilla's posthumous, emcee guest heavy Rebirth of Detroit, Psycho Realm's Presents Sick Jacken & Cyni In Terror Tapes 2 - Sick Jacken with Street Platoon artist Cynik which is another, refreshingly hardcore rap presentation from the no-holds-barred Psycho Realm who never fail to disappoint (check out down below the party-hard video for the album track "I'm Gone" Recordings), and
Aesop Rock's Skelethon just released by Rhyemsayers Entertainment - his killer return that, as witnessed by the turnout & crowd reaction at his Amoeba San Francisco in-store earlier this week is a universally crowd favorite.
Also charting is Nicki Ninaj's current album Pink Friday Roman Reloaded on Cash Money that first dropped a few months back but is still doing well, and the recent reissue of the Pharcyde's two-decade old classic in a must-get, new 3-CD, edition (instrumentals, bonus tracks, and booklet and more) Bizarre Ride II: The Pharcyde [Expanded Edition] on Delicious Vinyl.
Not charting yet but another new album of note is the brand new, tenth studio album from legendary Queens, NY emcee Nas - Life Is Good on Def Jam - which arrived in Amoeba on Tuesday of this week (note next Tuesday, July 24th, both the LP/vinyl version and Deluxe Edition CD versions will be available from Amoeba). The new 14 track Nas album includes several guests such as Large Professor, the late Amy Winehouse, Rick Ross, Mary J. Blige, and Miguel & Swizz Beatz. Below is the video for the first single "The Don."
Tonight (Friday July 21st) in the Bay Area there are two great DJ events - more on the party-rocking tip and the other more turntablist based. These are respectively the 45 Sessions with DJ Platurn, Z-Jone, Centipede, E Da Boss, and Enki and hosted by Jern Eye at Disco Volente 347 14th Street in downtown Oakland tonight at 9pm to 2am. All ages. $5 - $10. More info, and the Legends DJ night with Q-Bert, D-Styles, and Shortkut at Axis nightclub in Santa Clara. More info.
Other upcoming shows in the Bay Area include the Brave New Vocies' International Youth Poetry Slam Grand Slam Finals at the Fox Theater in Oakland tomorrow at 7pm (INFO), and on Sunday at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, Cypress Hill along with Sublime with Rome, Pepper, & HB Surround Sound. 6pm July 22nd, All ages, $45.
Nas "The Last Don" (from the new album Life Is Good)
Psycho Realm "I'm Gone" (from Presents Sick Jacken & Cyni In Terror Tapes 2 )
Public Enemy "I Shall Not Be Moved" (2012)
Above is the brand new David C. Snyder directed video from Public Enemy for their song "I Shall Not Be Moved." Taken from PE's 2012 album Most of My Heroes Still Don't Appear On No Stamp the song/video proves that Chuck D's legendary revolutionary hip-hop act have not lost one bit of their no-holds-barred, political edge - even three decades on. Of course in the years since the pioneering hip-hop crew from Long Island first arrived on the music world with a bang in the 1980's hip-hop music has changed significantly, especially the type of hip-hop that gets airplay on mainstream radio and TV. Indeed PE, who once ruled the airwaves, may no longer get airtime they once commanded but yet their message needs to be heard more than ever nowadays - in a time when the stereotypically popular rapper has nothing political or socially relevant in song. "I ain't famous to be famous. Remember Troy Davis. Beware Clive Davis. Swarming to your art form….So heed the people, Help the homeless. Underfed, revolution, stop the Feds. Leavin people left for dead," raps Chuck D in this lyrically charged new PE protest song/video that, beyond particular blogs and YouTube, is getting little airplay. As Chuck D follower Ressurect tweeted this week, in praise of the song but acceptance of the changing face of rap, " I love the song & video! Classic with Flav in the back! But you didn't mention drugs, hoes, violence or self hate = No Radio Play."
Kyle Rapps & Diwon "Mr. Rogers" (2012)
For his latest single/video, "Mr. Rogers" above, emcee Kyle Rapps, with help from producer Diwon, channels Mr. Rogers on the song titled after the famed kid's TV show host. "Mr. Rogers" is just one of many great tracks from the artist's forthcoming new mixtape, Syndication. Expected to drop in the Fall the mix will features numerous soundbites/samples from various classic TV theme songs such as "Mr. Rogers" which is anchored round the soundtrack theme from that bygone era TV show. The video, directed by Robbie Barclay, is a funny, lighthearted clip that pulls a variety of classic clips from the original show, with Kyle's head superimposed, rather expertly, on the body of Mr. Rogers. Despite the humorous video, however, the song isn't all fun and games. "I grew up in the David Dinkins era of True York City - the grimy, the gritty. The song is an ode to the pre-gentrified, pre-Disney'ed-out days," said Kyle Rapps of the inspiration for the song.