Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five Chart Week Ending 12:07:12
1) Black C Still Ruthless (Rightway)
2) Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City (Aftermath)
3) E40 & Too $hort History: Mob Music (Heavy On The Grindl)
4) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The Heist (Macklemore LLC)
5) Wu-Block Wu-Block (Entertainment One)
Thanks to Michelle at the Haight Street store for the above latest Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five chart which features in the number one slot the brand new release from longtime hometown rap hero Black C of RBL Posse fame whose new solo album is Still Ruthless on Rightway Productions. As you know RBL Posse, who hailed from the Hunters Point district of San Francisco, released some popular rap albums back in the nineties including their 1992 debut A Lesson To Be Learned on In-A-Minute featuring the hit and future dank anthem "Don't Gimme No Bammer" (Black C's brand new video below for the new album track "I Smoke" is a kind of sequel to that classic even referencing its lyrics), and RBL Posse's second album Ruthless By Law" on In-A-Minute in 1994. Their next album, An Eye For An Eye on Big Beat came out in 1997, a year after Black C's partner in rhyme Mr Cee was shot and killed in cold blood on New Year's Day 1996.
The title of the new album by Black C is a direct nod to his former group. Still Ruthless features a lot of Bay Area heavyweights making cameos throughout its tracks including San Quinn, Mac Mall, C-BO, Andre Nickatina, Messy Marv, B-Legit, E-40, and Too $hort. Speaking of the latter two Bay legends they are also featured on the new chart above with their joint album: E40 and Too $hort History: Mob Music on Heavy On The Grind which is one of two collaborations they dropped recently on that label. The other is History: Function Music
The other releases on this latest hip-hop chart from the San Francisco Amoeba include Kendrick Lamar's runaway hit Good Kid M.A.A.D City, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' The Heist on Macklemore LLC (note that the popular duo's show at the Regency in San Francisco this coming Monday is sold-out), and the Wu-Block's Wu-Block on Entertainment One.
In New York this weekend legendary indie hip-hop act Cannibal Ox are getting back together to do a reunion show at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Sunday (Dec 9th) on a packed bill that also will feature C-Rayz Walz, Prop Anon with DJ Robin Hood, Kenyattah Black, Double AB, Original Text, and Ireelz. Meanwhile in the Bay Area events include tonight's (Dec 7th) talent packed 45 Sessions (where DJ Platurn and pals spin all 45 singles all night) with Just Blaze, Shortkut, Enki, Saurus, and E Da Boss all joining the Oakland Faders star DJ along with hosts Jern Eye and Fran Boogie at the New Parish on San Pablo and 12th in downtown Oakland. More info.
Black C "I Smoke" (Righway, 2012)
Black C 20 years ago with RBL Posse's classic "Don't Gimme No Bammer"
Apathy Presents: Hayze "Creepmode" (2012)
Above is the brand new video from Apathy protégée Hayze; "Creepmode" which Apathy produced for the Connecticut emcee who recently hooked up with the prestigious Man Bites Dog Records (home to Esoteric, Bronze Nazareth, and MHz Legacy). The video/song is a teaser for Hayze's brand new mixtape The Smokers Section. Apathy (aka the reigning king of Connecticut hip-hop) was immediately impressed by the young emcee's style the minute he heard him. "He sounded mad different from anything I was hearing at the time. Most fans would probably expect me to champion someone who has a similar sound as Demigodz or AOTP, but that's exactly the opposite of what I heard from him and what I dug about his music," said Apathy of the new member of his roster.
R-Mean "Lost Angels (feat. The Game & Marka)" (2012)
R Mean reps both Armenia and Los Angeles in his new video/song "Lost Angels" incorporating shots of Los Angeles from Downtown LA to Little Armenia in the video song that featuresThe Game and Marka. Born to Armenian parents in Los Angeles (home to one of the largest Armenian immigrant enclaves in the world) R Mean is proud of his ancestral republic - equalled with his love of hip-hop. The "Lost Angels" song above is the first single off his forthcoming new year release 7 Deadly Sins, on Pentagon Records.