Amoeba Music Berkeley Top Five Week Ending August 10, 2012
1) Rick Ross God Forgives, I Don’t (Def Jam)
While not pulling quite as huge numbers as anticipated, Rick Ross still takes the crown as this week’s hip hop best-seller and ain’t showing any sign of slowing down in sales with God Forgives, I Don't on Def Jam. Rick Ro$$ the boss gets my vote as one of the most requested rappers from Amoeba Berkeley customers, so naturally his new official solo joint is a mover. Features songs with Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Wale and Drake plus the prime cut beat selections you’ve come to expect from Rozay. The special deluxe edition of album also features bonus jams with Nas and John Legend. As far as mainstream hip hop goes, this album’s loaded so don’t sleep.
2) La Coka Nostra Masters of the Dark Arts (Fat Beats)
New official full length group effort from NY’s notorious Uncle Howie affiliates Coka Nostra. Featuring plenty of new verses from Ill Bill and Slaine as well as guest features from Sean Price, Vinnie Paz and Thirstin Howl III. Plus, production handled by DJ Premier, House of Pain’s DJ Lethal, Statik Selektah and more. Grimy New York street raps, Nostra fans already know. Dark shit!
3) Masta Ace MA_Doom: Son of Yvonne (Fat Beats)
Recently restocked from Fat Beats and moving well once again is Masta Ace's MA_Doom: Son of Yvonne. Masta Ace’s first solo album in years pits him over beats by none other than the metal-faced villain himself MF DOOM. Some of these beats have been flipped by DOOM before on his Special Herbs series, but nice to hear Ace flowing again over some cool production. Boasts a brand new guest verse from Big Daddy Kane as well!
4) Illogic & Blockhead Preparing for Capture (self-released)
Illogic & Blockhead's self-released Preparing for Capture is one of those titles that you probably ain’t going to find at a
record store other than Amoeba Berkeley, so don’t sleep! This new EP from Ohio veteran rapper Illogic and highly regarded NY producer Blockhead acts as a prelude to their upcoming full length Capture the Sun, and delivers the quality you would expect from these talented hip hop artists. Illogic’s deep lyrics and poetic verses have an interesting chemistry with Blockhead’s slow-moving sample-based production. Check it out.
5) Karriem Riggins Alone LP (Stones Throw)
This the first of two albums to be released by multi-instrumentalist Karriem Riggins on Stones Throw. This Alone full length represents the instrumental hip hop side of Karriem Riggins’ production, while the upcoming Together album is supposed to demonstrate the jazzier side of his musical tastes. Credited as a producer for Erykah Badu and The Roots amongst others, he’s also someone who’s worked closely with Madlib and is certain to appeal to fans of the Loop Digga.
Special thanks to E-Lit at the Amoeba Berkeley store for both supplying this week's hip-hop top five chart and the accompanying descriptions of each of the albums above including Karriem Riggins Alone LP (on Stones Throw (it's great!) and Rick Ross' God Forgives, I Don’t on Def Jam that also, as noted by E-Lit, comes in an additional God Forgives, I Dont Special Deluxe edition. Other new and upcoming releases include the brand new Alias & Fakts One album Second Chances on Brick Records featuring "Dreamer" (video below), and the forthcoming Media Showers album from rapper Double A.B. and producer Dub Sonata. To be released on September 18th on Man Bites Dogs Records the collaborative project will include features from Roc Marciano, Sean Price, Rhymefest, Cannibal Ox, Evidence, and several others and will include such tracks as "Lord Knows What" with Roc Marciano which was released as a video this week. See the video below along with some other new hip-hop videos that include the latest from Kool Keith . The graffiti themed brand new (released today) Kool Keith video for "I'm The Man" is from the artist's 13th and most recent studio album Love & Danger on Junkadelic Music. The video, which was directed by Pirate Dub & Kalenge FX, shows a time-lapsed street art piece by Hek & Junky of the TJS Crew, as the two work to recreate the cover art for the album Love & Danger that will soon be released in vinyl format.
Double A.B. & Dub Sonata "Lord Knows What (feat. Roc Marciano)" (2012)
Kool Keith "Who's The Man" (2012)
Alias & Fakts One "Dreamer" (2012)
Bay Area Freshmen 10 Cypher: Priceless Da Roc, Shady Blaze, HBK Skipper (2012)
Above is the brand new video of the Traxamillion produced Bay Area Freshmen 10 Cypher with Priceless Da Roc, Shady Blaze, and HBK Skipper. The clip, that was shot by Left Lane at SAE Recording Institute and edited by Em Dub, comes care of the folks at Thizzler On The Roof who have been uploading a series of videos every day this week to their site that include cyphers, interviews, and an official Class of 2012 mixtape. And on Wednesday next, August 15th, will be the 2nd Bay Area Freshmen 10 collab session Producers interested in getting their work into the session can submit beats to firstname.lastname@example.org
And finally, thanks to Leroy Moore, I leave you with the short, inspiring documentary Un-Rapping Disability on krip-hop artist Keith Jones and on the challenges he has overcome in his life. It's good stuff and well worth watching. And note that the artist born with cerebral palsy will be visiting the Bay Area later this month