E-Lit @ Amoeba Berkeley with an overview of new hip-hop releases week ending Oct 5, 2012
Ameoba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Chart Week Ending 10:05:12
1) Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 (Atlantic)
2) Kanye West Good Music Cruel Summer (Def Jam)
3) Zion I Shadow Boxing (Live Up Records)
4) Murs & Fashawn This Generation (Duck Down)
5) Brother Ali Mourning In America & Dreaming In Color (Rhymesayers Entertainment)
Thanks to E-Lit for this latest chart and run-down on new releases (see both Top 5 and video above) which include the new Lupe Fiasco album Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 on Atlantic Records that includes that great track "Bitch Bad" that E-Lit was talking about (see Lupe's engaging music video below). Other new or recent releases include Zion I (see more on them by scrolling down), Brother Ali whose new album Mourning In America & Dreaming In Color on Rhymesayers Entertainment is now available in vinyl too (a double colored vinyl set) and who plays the Fillmore SF along with Homeboy Sandman later this month, Murs & Fashawn who played Amoeba Hollywood last week as part of a webcast/Rock The Vote event, and Kreayshawn's long overdue official debut album Somethin 'Bout Kreay on Columbia Records which, as E-Lit notes, is only available in the US on CD as an import.
Regardless of whether you were/are a fan or not of the 2011 female YouTube sensation, whose viral video of "Gucci Gucci" landed her a major label record deal, when she first blew up back in May of last year - you must agree that the time between that runaway Internet hit and this release is so long a time gap that most fans have moved on to the next thing. And even though that once very popular video has racked up almost 40 million views (3 million in its first few weeks) those numbers have not translated into sales of her new album which only sold 3,900 copies in its first week in the US. My guess is that Kreayshawn will not be doing a follow up for SONY/Columbia who reportedly gave her a million dollar deal.
While technically not hip-hop Flying Lotus, who did in-store DJ set at the Hollywood Amoeba this week (read Billy Gil's Amoeblog review) in support of his brand new album, is not too far removed from a lot of instrumental trippy hip-hop beats music out there. His new album Until the Quiet Comes on Warp featuring such names as Thom Yorke and Erykah Badu, is out this week in both CD and LP formats with the LP coming in both a regular and super fun thick deluxe version. Other new releases recommended by E-Lit at Amoeba include Batsauce (the Florida producer on Galapagos 4) and the album 3 (also on Galapagos 4 label) by Typical Cats that will be back in stock soon. "Some of the best rappers on the planet" said E Lit one of the group.
Lupe Fiasco "Bitch Bad" (from Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 2012)
"Human Being" off the brand new Zion I album "ShadowBoxing" (2012)
Above is the brand new video (released Monday) for the brand new album Shadow Boxing (released on Tuesday Oct 2nd) on Live Up Records. It is the eight studio album from the talented Bay Area duo Zion I (emcee Zumbi and producer Amp Live) and sports numerous features including from Bassnectar, The Grough & Eligh, Collie Buddz, and Goapele. The video above was directed by Spencer Groshong and Anthony Cole (both of Ineffable Music) along with Daghe from Creative Class and will be the first of many music videos for the album. As noted here earlier this week on the Amoeblog review of Endless Canvas' SPECIAL DELIVERY Zion I also shot a music video for another track off Shadow Boxing at the temporary Berkeley graffiti exhibit.
Right now the tireless duo are out on tour (currently in their home state) in support of the musically diverse new album. Tonight Friday (Oct 5th) they play The Mezzanine in San Francisco and tomorrow (Oct 6th) they play Ace of Spades in Sacramento. On Thursday they'll play Senator Theater in Chico, Friday October 12th Humboldt Brews in Arcata, and Saturday October 13th they perform at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz. Pick up the new album at Amoeba and look for their catalog at Amoeba.Com
Zion I in San Francisco at The Mezzanine isn't the only one show worth heading to in the city by the Bay tonight. Also tonight (Oct 5th) and not too many blocks from Mezzanine down at 1015 Folsom Mixmaster Mike is headlining at a Low End Theory SF party along with LET residents Daddy Kev, Nobody, and the Gaslamp Killler who is celebrating the release of his new album Breakthrough. 10pm 21+ $20. More info. It may be a week away but mark your calendars now for next weekend's Treasure Island Music Festival when among the many performers at the two-day "Festival in the Bay" will be The Coup, Public Enemy, and Girl Talk. More info here. Also next weekend on Saturday October 13th will be the big Cue's Records Reunion BBQ - of which I will be doing a full preview feature/DJ Cue interview on next week here on the Amoeblog.
Family, friends, and fans of the late great Matthew Africa - Bay Area radio and club DJ and former Amoeba Berkeley employee who was killed in a car crash four weeks ago - will congregate this Sunday afternoon (Oct 7th from 1pm to 4pm) at the Kaiser Center Rooftop Garden at 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland CA. The all ages event, that will feature food, drinks and music, is being billed as an opportunity to Celebrate the life of Matthew Africa - whose death sparked an incredible outpouring of dedications in print and via radio shows.
One of the event's organizers DJ Trinity from KFJC said that, "Matthew was smart, kind and funny. In reading what people who never knew him in person wrote, I'm overwhelmed that he was able to touch so many lives. I only wish they could have really known him. His time was far too brief, but he really made it count. I'll treasure the mixes and edits he left behind. It's easy to only think of music when it comes to Matthew Africa, but I'll really miss his sense of humor and sweet, easy smile. When you hung out with Matthew, he was genuinely interested in how you were doing. I never felt like it was just small talk with him."
I asked DJ Trinity (pictured left with Matthew Africa five years ago) what to expect this weekend? "Sunday's event will be a gathering of those that knew Matthew and those that were fans. We'll be listening to music that was meaningful in some way to family and friends as well as Matthew's amazing mixes. We really intend it to be a celebration and not a mournful experience. Hopefully everyone that attends (all ages welcome!) will share their memories and love of Matthew in whatever way they feel comfortable," said DJ Trinity noting that fans can download a special Matthew Africa on KFJC interview and live set from 2008.
On the Facebook page for the event one post noted that "In the spirit of this being a celebration of his life, Matthew's mother Marty is hoping that people won't wear black. This is tough enough as is, she says, let's not be grim." Kaiser Center Rooftop Garden on Sunday at 1pm at 300 Lakeside Drive. No cover. Free parking is available at the Kaiser Center Parking Garage. And within walking distance is the 19th Street BART station.