Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending 09:14:12
1) Casual Respect Game Or Expect Flames (Nature Sounds)
2) JJ DOOM Key to the Kuffs (Lex Records)
3) 2 Chainz Based on a T.R.U. Story (Deluxe Edition) (Def Jam)
4) Blu & Exile Give My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them (Dirty Science)
5) Thavius Beck The Most Beautiful Ugly (Plug Records)
Thanks to the ever knowledgeable E-Lit at the Berkeley Amoeba for this latest top five chart and run down of many of the great new hip-hop releases dropping around now. These include the highly recommended new Casual album Respect Game Or Expect Flames on Nature Sounds in which he wisely teams up with skilled producer J-Rawls (J-Live, Black Star, Count Bass D etc.) plus some mic collaborators like fellow Hiero crew member Del The Funky Homosapien who appears on the title track of Respect Game or Expect Flames. As usual E-Lit has many great tips on new music in both CD and vinyl formats, including lots of indie/underground hip-hop, in this week's video clip above. These include the new A-Trak 12" single (one side has a collab with Danny Brown), the new anticipated Blu & Exile album Give My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them on Dirty Science, Dark Time Sunshine's full length (scroll down to see newly released music video from this Four Tet released ANX album), and the very underground CD (at a budget price too) from Mind + US & DJ Hoppa Everything is A-OK which, as E-Lit points out, includes tracks such as one dedicated to a dead cat and another to girls who like to smoke weed.
For his latest release the ever-evolving San Francisco turntablist / producer and "synth-freak" Teeko Shimon (aka DJ Teeko) has taken things a little further and deeper into the land of funk via his new collaboration with fellow San Francisco artist B. Bravo (of Bayonics and solo fame): The Starship Connection EP on Frite Night. Teeko describes the collab, that drops next week on September 18th, as " West Coast-inspired funk, modern dance music and classic analog electronics."
Teeko has really advanced and grown as an artist over the years from his days on the skratch DJ scene to his role in 4OneFunk and F.A.M.E. B. Bravo has appeared on compilations from Gilles Peteresonʼs label, Tokyo Dawn as well as solo release on Londonʼs Earnest Endeavours label and together with Teeko (for this new Frite Nite release) he finds good company. Together B. Bravo and Teeko serve up a nice fat slab of funk on The Starship Connection EP which is being released by Frite Nite next Tuesday.
Below are five new music videos including from the production duo Diggaz With Attitude, Vallejo's Indecent The Slapmaster, Brooklyn's Son-Ray, Miami's De Camp, and the aforementioned Dark Time Sunshine ("Valiant" from the duo - comprised of rapper Onry Ozzborn and producer Zavala - recently released sophomore album, ANX). And, to reiterate what E-Lit said in the video clip on top of this page - rest in peace to former Amoeba Berkeley employee Matthew Africa. Check out the Amoeblog Remembering Matthew Africa Through The Music He Loved.
Dark Time Sunshine "Valiant" (2012)
Son-Ray "Music Is My Life (feat Skyzoo & Babie Girl)" (2012)
Above is some new music from from Bedstuy, Brooklyn from the artist Son-Ray with is premier single "Music Is My Life” on which he is joined by Skyzoo and Babie Girl. The track is taken from the hip-hop aritst's recently released Face Value FreEP
Indecent the Slapmaster "I'd rather be a Rapper" (2012)
De Camp "Hero" (2012)
New music video above from the artist Da Camp who offers a break from the stereotypical serious video with this comical production for their Benny Beats produced "Hero" which is from their previously released mixture, VII Day Vacay. In the video each member of Da Camp become a different super hero. Their mission? "To save the women of the world from the less fortunate lame dudes they are forced to deal with." They even offer a super hero line to call 1-800-555-HERO which (in case you are about to call) is not a real corresponding number.
Diggaz With Attitude "Half Dead (feat Apathy, Roc Marciano, & Planet Asia) " (2012)
Above is the brand new video for "Half Dead" "Half Dead" featuring Apathy, Roc Marciano, and Planet Asia and taken from the just released Stu Bangas & Vanderslice album Diggaz With Attitude. This project nicely captures the combined talents of these two producers, whose styles are similar in their love of what they call "sinister chops and heavy drums." Add in a slew of great mic wreckers and you got a sick album. These include the ones in the above track/video as well as such others as Evidence, Ill Bill, Celph Titled, Blaq Poet, and Esoteric. Love Planet Asia but also am feeling Apathy's opening verse in the above album track when he raps lines like "Ill as Jason Bourne when I'm blacking out."