1) Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City (Aftermath)
2) E40 & Too $hort History: Function Music (Heavy On The Grind)
3) 9th Wonder & Buckshot The Solution (Duck Down Records)
4) E40 & Too $hort History: Mob Music (Heavy On The Grindl)
5) RZA The Man With The Iron Fists Score (Soul Temple Entertainment)
If you have not already been over to Amoeba Music (Hollywood, Berkeley, or San Francisco) this Black Friday weekend (through Sunday 25th) be sure to do so to avail of the many great deals and bargains like turntables on sale, the exclusive Black Friday RSD releases, and all of the releases on this latest hip-hop chart from the San Francisco Amoeba store. These include Kendrick Lamar's phenomenally popular Good Kid M.A.A.D City which is selling equally well in its DeLuxe CD format (bonus tracks) of the Dr. Dre presented release on Aftermath that has put Compton back on the music map. Meanwhile across the country in NYC Duck Down Records, who have had both a very prolific and successful year to date, are back in the charts again this week with the 9th Wonder and Buckshot collaboration that finds the producer and emcee as the perfect match. The 12 track album includes a couple of guest spots on two different tracks: "You" with Dyme-A-Duzin, and "Shorty Left" with a nice feature from North Carolina female rapper Rapsody who is signed to Wonder's label. Scroll down below to see the video for this track.
For many many years now both E-40 and Too Short having been teasing their fans about a collaborative release by the two Bay legends to be titled The History Channel which frankly most of us had given up on ever seeing the light of day. But now finally they deliver in the form of two different releases (with the title abbreviated due to copyright issues with the TV channel of the same name): History: Function Music which is more on the current day contemporary rap music tip and History: Mob Music which is more in the old school Bay mob flavor.
"$hort was before me so we both seen all the genres, different eras of music. So we got fans that loved the old school music and we got fans that love the new school music. So it’s called E-40 & Too Short: The History Channel. Function music which is for the newer era. So that’s a whole album full of nothing but function music. And then we got mob music and that’s just old school. The old school feel. We tryna make our fans feel like they used to on the mob music one," said E-40 in an interview with Vlad TV about a month ago. Below is the video for the track "Slide Through" featuring Tyga that can be found on the History: Function Music CD.
Another new chart entry this week is the score by the Wu-Tang's RZA kung-fu classic movies inspired, Quentin Tarantino presented, action-adventure flick The Man With the Iron Fists. In addition to the score and soundtrack the new film finds the endlessly talented RZA making his debut as a film director, co-writer, and leading man on this big screen production whose cast includes Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, and Pam Grier.
Meanwhile the accompanying music comes in both the score version and the soundtrack version which includes a variety of artists such as The Black Keys, Kanye West, Wu-Tang Clan, Ghostface Killah, Wiz Khalifa, Talib Kweli, Pusha T, Raekwon, and Method Man. RZA collaborates with both the Flatbush Zombies and The Black Keys. Below is the video for the soundtrack song "Built For This" produced by Frank Dukes and featuring Method Man and Freddie Gibbs plus lots of still shots from the action film.
Method Man & Freddie Gibbs "Built For This" (2012)
E-40 & Too $hort "Slide Through (feat Tyga)" (2012)
9th Wonder & Buckshot "Shorty Left (feat Rapsody)" (2012)