Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 08:03:12
Dark Time Sunshine Dark "Never Cry Wolf (feat. Reva DeVito)" (2012)
1) Dark Time Sunshine ANX (Fake Four Inc)
The biggest mover for this week is none other than the new album from rapper Onry Ozzborn and producer Zavala, which gets my vote for best hip hop album of 2012 thus far. The music that these two craft together is something very special, and taps into the edgiest and most provocative elements of the genre in a way that few groups can. Zavala’s beats are like transmissions from a different futuristic dimension where people still bump old school hip hop on occasion, and Onry’s deep vocals fit perfectly in the mix. Features from Aesop Rock, P.O.S, and Busdriver amongst others. Very highly recommended!
The Chicharones "Burn It Down" (2012)
2) The Chicharones Swine Flew (Camobear)
This new album from Josh Martinez and Sleep delivers more of the fun, clever, infectious hip hop you’ve come to expect from these two. These guys have a rep for amazing live shows that landed them a headlining spot on this year’s Warped Tour, and Swine Flew is an album years in the making that balances their bouncy party songs with some serious songwriting. Great hooks, intricate verses and terrific beats from Smoke of Oldominion make this an album worth checking for. Bacon.
Batsauce's overview of his new album Starcrossed (2012)
3) Batsauce Starcrossed (Galapagos4)
The producer behind last year’s fast-moving Qwazaar album delivers an instrumental project billed as an “intergalactic love saga.” Lots of jagged psych guitars, jazz horns, and funk breaks with some pretty female vocals sprinkled in places. Fans of instrumental hip hop, and particularly of producers such as J. Rocc or Damu the Fudgemunk should give this album a thorough listen.
Blu & Exile "A Man" (2012)
4) Blu & Exile Maybe One Day EP (Dirty Science/Fat Beats)
New 10” vinyl EP from the much-heralded duo of Blu & Exile, featuring three songs from their upcoming Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them album, which drops September 4th via Exile’s Dirty Science label in conjunction with Fat Beats. Whether you’ve been a fan of Blu’s past few releases or not, no-one can deny that these two have serious chemistry and Exile tends to put out some solid full lengths. More smooth soulful hip hop from these two, cop dat.
GZA "Liquid Swords"
5) GZA Liquid Swords (Deluxe Chessbox Reissue) (Get On Down)
The ultimate reissue of one of the crowning achievements of the
Wu-Tang catalog. This massive CD edition of the album comes with not
only the instrumentals, but also extensive liner notes and a complete chess set to play with while you listen to the album! One of the most immersive ways to experience this masterpiece.
Once again a shout out to my man E Lit for lacing up the above Amoeba Hip-Hop Top Five list for also supplying the insightful accompanying album descriptions. As the Amoeba Berkeley staffer noted, there are lots of exciting underground hip hop titles selling this week, but the new Rick Ross album (God Forgives, I Don't - released on Tuesday, July 31st by Island/Def Jam) will likely outsell them all. And since the sales figures for this won't properly be represented till next week, expect it to show up on next week's top five chart.
An album that won't be out until the end of September but should be worth the wait is the one-off collaboration of two of Caili's finest mic wreckers, MURS and Fashawn, who have teamed up in the studio with producers Beatnick & K-Salaam for a full-length album to be titled This Generation. Below is a sample track from the album with a free download link. This Generation, which will arrive in Amoeba on September 25th, will be released by Duck Down Music.
As noted earlier today in another Amoeblog post, this weekend in New York City is the Ultimate DJ Battle Weekend with the DMC US Finals tomorrow and the Grand Master Roc Raida Memorial Gong DJ Battle on Sunday. Both are at the Le Poisson Rouge in downtown Manhattan. In other turntablist news: back in the Bay Area, DJ Quest and 2 Fresh recently put the finishing touches to Scratch Breaks 2; their latest in a string of numerous DJ battle records. Following such other releases by the duo as Mission Cartel Scratch Breaks Volume 1, this new record is being put out by Thud Rumble and is slated for a release sometime later this month when, reports Quest, the folks at Thud Rumble are planning a session at their Brisbane headquarters to celebrate the release with Quest and 2 Fresh along with D-Styles and DJ Swamp and that will be recorded.
It's the first Friday of the month in the East Bay and that means the monthly Oakland Art Murmur + First Friday Art Walk events and all the spinoffs parties connected with this fun are happening.Among the First Friday happenings this evening is a free performance by Zion-I at Oaklandish at 1444 Broadway in Downtown Oakland. The super-talented duo comprised of producer AmpLive and emcee Zumbi will be accompanied by DJ Vin Roc of Triple Threat DJs. Also spinning will be Oaklandish resident DJ Dion Decibels. The event goes from 7pm to 11pm tonight and will include free beverages from Linden St. Brewery and Urban Legend Cellars. Such a deal and all for free. But space is limited so get there early (Zion I go on at 9:30pm). More info.