Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 09:07:12
1) JJ DOOM Key to the Kuffs (Lex Records)
2) 2 Chainz Based on a T.R.U. Story (Deluxe Edition) (Def Jam)
3) 2 Chainz Based on a T.R.U. Story (Def Jam)
4) Nas Life is Good (Def Jam)
5) Aesop Rock Skelethon (Rhymesayers)
The latest top five hip-hop chart from Amoeba Hollywood this week is pretty consistent with the last few weeks at each Amoeba with the top sellers including the highly recommended new albums from Nas ( Life is Good), Aesop Rock, (Skelethon ), and DOOM's (formerly MF Doom) latest outing with producer Jneiro Jarel as JJ DOOM - Key to the Kuffs which I was surprised to hear some DOOM fans were not feeling upon first listen. I really like it and believe it stands side by side in quality with his previous work and that Jneiro's production compliments DOOM - and the other guests - perfectly. My personal favorite tracks are "Banished," "Guv'nor," "Borin' Convo," Dawg Friendly," and the opening sample heavy, album intro track "Waterlogged." Again on this week's Amoeba chart are both versions of 2 Chainz Based on a T.R.U. Story (regular and the Deluxe Edition) from the ever popular artist who was among those featured performers at last night's MTV's Video Music Awards (VMA).
As news circulated over the past few days folks in the Bay Area were shocked to learn that local DJ Matthew Africa was killed in a car earlier crash this week. The 40 year old East Bay DJ/avid record collector, who used to work at Amoeba Berkeley, DJed on KALX, and at local clubs and who many outside the Bay got to know from Too $hort greatest hits mixtape CD collaboration he did with DJ Eleven and that was hosted by Too $hort himself. The CD was a hot item at Amoeba Berkeley. The last time I saw him was a few months ago at SOM Bar in San Francisco when we were both hanging out at the Thizzler On The Roof presents pre gathering for the The Bay Area Freshmen 10 Class of 2012 Africa reportedly was on his way home from trip to Yosemite when the car he was driving in spun out of control. Rest in peace DJ.
Summer may be officially over but you would never know it from the amount of concerts and events to choose from in the Bay Area this weekend including tonight when Panama by way of Oakland duo Los Rakas headline a show at the Independent in San Francisco with opening sets by Le Vice, Alka and JY, plus DJ LEYDIS.. If you have never seen these guys (they're great on record and in concert!) you should so as to experience the unique sound that is Los Rakas: a blend of Oakland/Bay hip-hop, dancehall grooves, and Panama flavored reggae, plus among other flavors some salsa - all of which is delivered nearly exclusively en Espanol. Tonight's show is in San Francisco at the Independent on Divisidaro. Doors are at 9pm. Allow extra time for parking. More club info here. And for more on the duo check out Los Rakas Amoeblog interview.
Meanwhile back on the other side of the Bay there are lots of fun art and music events tied in and around the Art Murmer/First Friday celebrations in Oakland (where the weather is nice). Love Vibes [Tha Block Party] is such an event. It starts at 6:00pm and goes through until 2:00am tonight on Telegraph Ave. between West Grand and 23rd streets. Organizers promise that "The night will begin with a lil' spoken word hosted by the Oakland Poetry Slam. After that, we move into a rockin' new band, Ama Evolution" followed by DJ sets from Sake One and Tim Diesel. Free event.
Also free tonight in that same area and tied in with the First Friday tradition in Oakland is the latest (and best to date) Oaklandish hosted First Friday party that will appeal to those, like myself, who missed out on Hiero Day last Monday. It is the Hieros' Del the Funky Homosapien, Tajai of Souls of Mischief, and producer/manager Domino all performing tonight at Oaklandish. Note these are at their store on Broadway and have amazing acts - for free - so get there hella early to secure a spot. Get more Oaklandish info here. And to get you in a Hiero mood check out (below flyer for tonight's show) the latest brand new video from the Hieros Casual with a collab from Del the Funky Homosapine on the title track off the new J.Rawls produced Respect Game or Expect Game which is now available at Amoeba.
Casual + J.Rawls "Respect Game ....(feat Del the Funky Homosapien) (2012)