1) Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City (Aftermath)
2) Meek Mill Dreams and Nightmares (Warner)
3) Sean Price Mic Tyson (Duck Down Records)
4) Vinnie Paz God Of The Serengeti (Enemy Soil)
5) Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 (Atlantic)
Hard to believe that it is already mid November, just a week away from Black Friday Record Store Day, and a little over six weeks to 2013! For me this year has flown by but along the way 2012 has blessed us with a bounty of non-stop, quality hip-hop releases from such artists as Saigon, Homeboy Sandman, El-P, Aesop Rock, Casual, Killer Mike, and Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid M.A.A.D City on Aftermath which is number one on the Amoeba chart for the third straight week in a row. Other releases on this week's hip-hop top five, courtesy of the Hollywood Amoeba store, include Vinnie Paz's God Of The Serengeti (on Enemy Soil), Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 on Atlantic), as well as the two brand new chart entries from Meek Mill (Dreams and Nightmares on Warner Brothers) and Sean Price (Mic Tyson on Duck Down Records).
Meek Mill "Amen (feat Drake)" (2012)
For his new 14-track Dreams and Nightmares Philly rapper Meek Mill, who has been cranking out mixtapes and building a rep for sometime now, features a ton of well known guest appearances including from Nas, Drake, ("Amen" video above) Kirko Bangz, Trey Songz, Mary J. Blige, John Legend,Wale, and Rick Ross(note he is signed to Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group along with Wale). The album, which comes in number two this week at Amoeba after the universally popular Kendrick Lamar album, did not do as well sales wise out the box as the artist had hoped since it was released on October 30th in the midst of the distracting disaster that was Hurricane Sandy that put everything on hold from a music business perspective - something the artist has brought up in interviews over the past week. Of the many standout tracks on Meek's album are "Who You're Around" which the artist himself singles out as one of his own favorites since it tackles a personal, most dramatic moment in his life that he expresses in the song.
Sean Price "STFU Part 2" (Mic Tyson Cover Animation Video) (2012)
Mic Tyson is the clever play on the name of the boxer for the new album title of Sean Price's latest in a long list of releases by the artist who came to fame as a member of Heltah Skeltah. On this (his third solo album to date) the member of Boot Camp Clik and Random Axe, formerly known as Ruck, does not disappoint with such songs as "STFU Part 2" (above), and the minimalistic "Pyrex" which has a seductive throwback 90's NY hip-hop vibe to it with Price spitting his engaging raps in that gruff trademark flow of his. Meanwhile those eying Jay-Z's and Kanye West's rap throne and others he sees as competitors in the rap game get a verbal warning on the track "Hush" where Price advises them that, “I be watchin’ these niggas watchin’ the throne / Watch me take they wristwatch and watch me go home.”