Murs & Fashawn at Amoeba Hollywood this week in celebration of new album
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending 09:28:12
1) Murs & Fashawn This Generation (Duck Down)
2) Kanye West Good Music Cruel Summer (Def Jam)
3) V/A Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap Soundtrack (Sony Music)
4) Brother Ali Mourning In America & Dreaming In Color (Rhymesayers Entertainment)
5) Blu & Exile Give My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them (Dirty Science)
Thanks again to Ray Ricky Rivera at the Hollywood Amoeba store for the latest top five chart of best selling new releases from the SoCal store with the brand new Murs & Fashawn collaboration, This Generation on Duck Down, in the number slot with a bullet since its release on Tuesday of this week. In fact to celebrate the new album on that very same day the duo did a live set (also a live webcast) on release day / Tuesday this week at the Hollywood Amoeba when a lot of fans bought the new album and helped them reach number show at the same store. That in-store concert was not just a celebration of their new release. It was also a Rock the Vote drive that Amoeblogger Billy Gil reviewed here yesterday in which he noted how Murs said to the packed crowd that “If you’re smart, you’ll be registered to vote and to get married by the time you leave here.” Check out the in-store/Rock The Vote/webcast concert video above.
Other releases in this week's chart include Kanye West and friends' Good Music Cruel Summer on Def Jam. Check out the video of the cool BET Awards cypher with Kanye and friends below. Good stuff. Other chart entries include Brother Ali's Mourning In America & Dreaming In Color on Rhymesayers, Blu & Exile's Give My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them on Dirty Science, and the various artists soundtrack for Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap on Sony Music. The 23 track CD includes seven live acapella tracks (including Grandmaster Caz who was the star of the film, KRS-One, Ras Kass, Melle Mel, Immortal Technique who killed it, and the maker of the film himself Ice T). Other tracks are mostly old school and golden age classics like N.W.A.'s "Straight Outta Compton," Eric B. & Rakim's "Follow The Leader," Nas' "The World Is Yours," Schoolly D's "P.S.K. 'What Does It Mean'?," Ultramagnetic MC's "Ego Trippin'," and Gang Starr's "Full Clip." (scroll down to see video).
Documentary about the Sugarhill Gang plays at Oakland Underground Film Fest
Dead Prez, who recently signed a new deal with the indie NY label Krian Music, will be releasing their first new studio album since 2004's Revolutionary But Gangsta to be titled Information Age.
The critically acclaimed "hip-hop opera" Great Integration featuring Rico Pabon and Do D.A.T. will play at La Pena, 3105 Shattuck in Berkeley, on Saturday, Sept 29th at 8:30pm. All ages. Tix $8/$10. More info here
I Want My Name Back, a documentary about the struggles and travails of the Sugarhill Gang's Master Gee and Wonder Mike (trailer above), is playing at the ongoing Oakland Underground Film Festival at 6pm on Saturday at The Humanist Hall.
And this Sunday (Sept 30th) from noon to 6pm is the final opportunity to check out the wonderful & unique Endless Canvas' Special Delivery graffiti exhibit in the Carbon Warehouse in the old Flint Ink building at 1350 Fourth Street, Berkeley that was recently transformed into a short-lived underground art gallery. All ages. No cover but donation requested. (see flyer left)
Christie Z Pabon from DMC USA reports from London that in day one (yesterday) of the two day 2012 DMC World Championships that the winners were: in the 2012 DMC World Team Champs, the Mixfits from Belgium (pictured below) with runners up: Phona from France. And the new 2012 DMC World Supremacy Champ: is Jacob Vekked Meyer from Canada with runner up / aka VIce Champ the UK's Ritche Ruftone. The DJ battles and fun continue tonight over in London (9/28) where Pabon further reports that after all the eliminations that it is now down to the twelve DMC World Finalists to compete in London tonight. And those twelve in order are: 12th: Mike One (Czech/Slovak) 11th: BTwo (Australia) 10th: A-Kut (Switzerland) 9th: Damented (Belgium) 8th: Vekked (Canada) 7th: Mandrayq (Italy) 6th: Graded (Denmark) 5th: Skillz (France) 4th: Ritche Ruftone (UK) 3rd: Fong Fong (France) 2nd: Precision (USA) 1st: DJ Izoh (Japan).
At today's DMC championships there will also be performances from DJ Fly feat 2M2X, JFB + DJ Switch + Jehst at the event that will be hosted by Inja. Happens today (9/28) from 8pm to midnight at the HMV Forum 9-17 Highgate Rd. Kentish Town London England. Tickets and more info here or here.
Gang Starr "Full Clip" - one of the many great tracks found on new Art of Rap soundtrack
G.O.O.D Music Cypher: Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, Common & Cyhi da Prince (2012)
Brother Ali "Mourning In America" (2012 from Mourning In America & Dreaming In Color )