E-Lit @ Amoeba Berkeley overviews new Hip-Hop releases of the week ending 10:19:2012
Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending 10:19:12
1) K'Naan Country, God Or The Girl (Octane/A&M)
2) Zion I Shadow Boxing (Live Up Records)
3) Macklemore The Heist (Macklemore, LLC.)
4) Prince Paul & DJ P. Forreal Negroes On Ice (The Red Lion Group)
5) Rapsody The Idea of Beautiful (Jamla Records)
Thanks to the ever knowledgeable, hip-hop loving E-Lit at the Berkeley Amoeba store for taking time to do a run down of all the new and recent hip-hop releases at Amoeba both vinyl and CD. In the new top five chart the number seller is the brand new K'Naan Country, God Or The Girl on Octone/A&M. "Love is harder than war. I’ve had the chance to write about my experiences in a difficult and violent life. But when the suffering and the pain is something that comes from within me, it’s harder to react and to write about that," said the Somali Canadian multi-talent of the new album's content which features the lead pop-rap single that dropped several months back, "Is There Anybody Out There?" and features Nelly Furtado (see below). On Country, God Or The Girl is the internationally popular artist's attempt to, he says, address "the internal wars, rather than the external ones, which I'd been preoccupied with on my previous albums."
Other releases on the new chart include the ever-popular Seattle, WA rapper Macklemore, who earned many new fans c/o his recent viral video for "Thrift Shop," legendary producer Prince Paul teaming up with DJ P. Forreal, and North Carolina female emcee Rapsody with her most impressive official debut The Idea of Beautiful on Jamla Records. The album on which she displays a sick flow again begs the age old question in hip-hop: how come there are still such a small ratio of female rappers to male rappers? Oakland duo Zion I's newest album, which is their eight to date, continues to sell as the pair of Zumbi and Amp Live continue their current tour. Other excellent new/recent releases include Homeboy Sandman's First of A Living Breed on Stones Throw (see video below for new album track "Not Really"), and the brand album which drops next week from Rhymesayers artist P.O.S. We Don't Even Live Here which takes hip-hop into whole new territory. Note the CD comes with real nice packaging with a great booklet with some strange but intriguing photo art.
Among the many events happening in the Bay Area this weekend is Grind It Out tomorrow afternoon in Berkeley (130pm to 430pm) with Little Larry, Turf Fienz, DJ Toure of the Hieroglyphics and more. Free event for skaters, hip-hop fans, and everyone else. At the skate park at 5th and Harrison streets in Berkeley tomorrow Saturday October 20th.
Homeboy Sandman "Not Really" (2012)
The above is the latest music video from Homeboy Sandman off his new album First of A Living Breed (now available in both vinyl and CD at Amoeba) When I interviewed Homeboy Sandman recently he said that this song addresses things like when people ask him if his life has changed much since getting signed to the high profile label Stones Throw. "Not really," he said noting how he still gets up every morning and writes rhymes. As E-Lit says this album and this artist are amazing.
Yaslin Bey + Mannie Fresh (2012)
The above video of Yasiin Bey (the artist formerly known as Mos Def) along with legendary and consistently prolific for decades New Orleans rap producer Mannie Fresh teaming up to join creative forces for the OMFGOD project. The video above, which is well worth watching/listening to, is pretty self explanatory and showcases the beautiful thing that is two talented artists sharing and creating in the studio in a seemingly unlikely collab that Bey/Def calls "out of nowhere."
B-Pos B-Boys (2012)
The above video is by San Francisco hip-hop talents B-Pos who just got back from a brief indie US tour (The Super Hero Pool Party Tour) and who made this video in the car while driving and, in true no-messing-around/getting things done fashion, edited and uploaded it to YouTube while still on the road. Off tour now but not idle B-Pos do a hometown show tonight (Oct 19) at Shine Lounge at 1337 Mission St in San Francisco for Mint Rock's birthday party. It is also B-Pos member Goodword's birthday so it should be quite a festive event tonight. 10pm show 21+ More details here.
K'Naan "Is There Anybody Out There? (feat Nelly Furtado)" from Country, God Or The Girl