Amoeblog Hip-Hop Rap Up Top Five Chart Week Ending 11:09:12
1) Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City (Aftermath)
2) Paul Wall No Sleep Til Houston SMC Recordings
3) P.O.S. We Don't Even Live Here (Rhymesayers)
4) Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 (Atlantic)
5) MellowHype Numbers (Columbia/3 Ent)
There was a lot of celebration in hip-hop circles this week since the man known to many as "the first hip-hop president" got re-elected on Tuesday. Among those celebrating the loudest was longtime Obama supporter emcee/mogul Jay-Z who had performed at the president's Ohio rally (along with Bruce Springsteen) on the eve of the election. During his set Hova did his ever-popular "99 Problems" song (off 2004's The Black Album) but when he got to the line “I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one" he replaced the word B word with “Mitt." And when he go the line "I got 99 problems and Mitt ain't one" the packed Democratic audience roared in loud approval. Throughout social networking sites this past week the support for both parties was accelerated to an unprecedented level with hip-hoppers (almost) unanimously showing support for the candidate dubbed "the first hip-hop president" four years when he won the first time. Loose knit Obama supporters included "DJs for Obama" who shared the photo below on social networking sites over the week leading up the election day.
It should be noted too that not every hip-hop artist was celebrating this week's election outcome. While the general assumption might be that African American hip-hop artists are all Obama supporters. this is not the case. Remember the late great Eazy-E shocking the world back in the 90's by showing his support for Republicans? Fast forward to the present and such rap artists as50 Cent are Republican supporters. So too is LL Cool J, who has been publicly a Republican supporter for a decade now. It also should be noted that, just as the man he endorsed lost the election on Tuesday, so too has LL been losing hip-hop fans in recent times. However LL's lackluster musical output of late has a lot to do with this.
Meanwhile at Amoeba, where shoppers who brought in their voting stubs on Tuesday got a nice discount, the hip-hop albums selling well this week include the phenomenally popular Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid M.A.A.D City , Doomtree star P.O.S.'s We Don't Even Live Here, Lupe Fiasco's recommended new Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 , and Odd Future duo MellowHype's Numbers. Also making waves is the brand Paul Wall No Sleep Til Houston on SMC Recordings. Back in March DJ Drama presented the Paul Wall release of the same name as a mixtape and since then it has been blowing up. The new No Sleep...., produced by GL Production, comes two years after Wall released his official fifth studio album, Heart Of A Champion (Warner) on a major label. And it seems that the Houston rapper prefers to be in control of his own destiny - even if it doesn't come with the national promotional campaign that a major label's backing can offer. The release includes lots of home state guest spots including Bun B, Slim Thug, Z-Ro and Michael 500 along with such out of state guests as Slaine, Marcus Manchild and Killa Kyleon. Check out the video below care of Blast Media Entertainment that acts as a sort of trailer for the new album.
Too $hortNext week, on November 13th, the new interactive video game (for X-Box and the Wii) Hip Hop Dance Experience will be released. Among the many rappers featured will be Too $hort and his dance hit "Blow The Whistle." In the new video above he talks about the song and the game.
East Coast emcee Saigon returns this week with another great album - the sequel to 2011's The Greatest Story Never Told. The new The Greatest Story Never Told Chapter 2: Bread and Circuses, released this week by Suburban Noize/RED, picks up where Saigon's (mostly slept on) last album left off delivering more thought-provoking, socially conscious, politically charged hip-hop in the tradition of Chuck D and Immortal Technique -something that is noticeably rare in today's hip-hop music. The new album features guest appearances from Styles P, LeCrae, Marsha Ambrosius, G Martin, Chamillionaire, and members of Dead Prez. The lead single and video for "Blown Away" below pays tribute to such legends as Martin Luther King, Marvin Gaye and 2Pac. Of the engaging song Saigon said, "I think we don’t have any real strong leadership today because history shows us that if someone makes too much noise and goes against the establishment, something always happens to them like assassination or untimely death."
Saigon "Blown Away" (2012)
Above is the brand new video from multi-talented Philly hip-hop artist Lushlife for his current album Plateau Vision's opening track - the dreamy "Magnolia." The LAMAR+NIK-directed video, Lushlife tells the Amoeblog, took a few months "of pre-production, a grueling shoot, and a meticulous editing process" but still came in for a budget of "less than $80." Not bad for such a great video (love the Kilroy inclusion among other things) for an equally great song by the emcee/instrumentalist/producer.
And finally I leave you with a new video of San Francisco "scratch guitar" artist and friend of Amoeba The Genie interpreting Wu-Tang Clan via his unique instrumentation recorded live recently at Etheral-Dreamscapes party.
The Genie playing WuTang (g-style) live @ Ethereal~Dreamscapes