AMOEBA MUSIC HOLLYWOOD HIP-HOP TOP FIVE WEEK ENDING JANUARY 18, 2013
1) Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City DeLuxe CD (Aftermath)2) Big Boi Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors (Def Jam)
3) Wiz Khalifa O.N.I.F.C. (Atlantic)
4) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The Heist (Macklemore LLC)
5) 2 Chainz Based On A T.R.U. Story (Def Jam)
This latest hip-hop top five chart from the Hollywood Amoeba store features all current releases from the past month or more including the latest Big Boi and Wiz Khalifa albums (Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors and O.N.I.F.C. respectively) both released last month. Note that this week Def Jam also released a vinyl version of Big Boi's Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors. The other top five entries include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' runaway indie success story The Heist, Kendrick Lamar's universally popular Good Kid M.A.A.D City --, and 2 Chainz' official debut Based On A T.R.U. Story which, since its release last August has been a steady seller at Amoeba. Both 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar are among the guests on the new A$AP Rocky full-length album Long.Live.A$AP on RCA: another hot new rap artist, whose official (as distinct from mixtures) debuted this week. More on it in the weeks ahead here on the Amoeblog. Another new release this week is DJ Mugg's Bass For Your Face on Ultra Music which finds the longtime hip-hop production talent venturing off into some electronic territory in addition to straight up hip-hop beats and includes cameos from a nice mix of talented emcees including Public Enemy's Chuck D, Dizzee Rascal, Freddie Gibbs, Danny Brown, and Roc Marciano.
Meanwhile Man Bites Dog Records are ready to release some nice hip-hop music in 2013
starting late this month with a string of releases from both hip-hop vets and newcomers including Roc Marciano, Illogic & Blockhead, Harry Fraud & Eddie B, Vast Aire, Wais P, Curly Castro, Hayze, and others. Only formed two years ago Man Bites Dog has to date released music by MHz Legacy, Copywrite, Stu Bangas & Vanderslice, Double A.B., and others. Their first release of 2013 drops on January 23rd when they unleash Wais P's PV$$Y RICH mixtape featuring from such guests as Action Bronson, and Devin The Dude on the free release. On January 29th they will release Cannibal Ox's Vast Aire's A Space Iliad EP, a collection of B-sides and remixes held over from his OX 2010: A Space Odyssey, that includes features from Sadat X, Guilty Simpson, C-Rayz Walz, and more.
E-40 is busy as ever. The longtime Bay rap icon, who recently released the two CD History series on his Heavy On The Grind label with fellow Bay rap living legend Too $hort, did the halftime show at last weekend's 49ers game. And in this past week also he guested on the single from New Orlean's Jae E "Go Get It" on M.I.L. / Danny Boy Records that also features Thaddeous. There are also a ton of great new videos coming out already this year - some of them I have featured below (with brief descriptions) from a variety or hip-hop artists including Sean Price, Public Enemy, Cool Hand Lukey, Agerman, and A-1 (the latter two Bay Area artists).
Sean Price "Genesis of the Omega" (Duck Down Music)
Above is the nice new video from Sean Price for the track "Genesis of the Omega" from his current Duck Down album Mic Tyson with lyrics like, "I was trying to be slick with the words. The Genesis, you know that's the beginning of The Bible. The Omega, that's the end. On some punk shit...I read too many comic books." The artist is currently on the East Coast leg of his tour with shows in DC, NY, and Boston - along with Buckshot, and Roc Marciano. Then later this month he goes over to Europe for a grip of dates over there.
Public Enemy "Everything" (2013)
Above is the brand new video for the song "Everything" from Public Enemy's November release The Evil Empire of Everything album. The song features Gerald Albright and Sheila Brody, is produced by Gary G-Wiz, and written by Chuck D, Gary G-Wiz, Gerald Albright, and Sheila Brody. The video is directed by David Snyder and produced by Maura Snyder.
Agerman "Tribute To Sandy Hook" (2013)
With so many rappers glorifying gun use it is refreshing to see a video/song like Agerman's timely "Tribute To Sandy Hook" in which the former 3XKrazy member, who is now a pastor, does a touching song he calls a, "tribute song to the loss of many children, parents, and friends at Sandy hook Elementary school in newtown Connecticut, God bless the family of the victims, and We love you and we are praying for you."
Cool Hand Lukey "On The Map (feat. Lil Fame, Royal Flush & Lucky Tatt)" (2013)
Reppin' Coney Island, Brooklyn but visiting Flushing Meadow Park, Queens for his video above is up-and-coming NYC emcee talent Cool Hand Lukey who, for this great throwback sounding track, is in some good company including Lil Fame of M.O.P. fame, Royal Flush, and Lucky Tatt.
And saving the best for last below is the sick-ass new music video by director David Dutton for San Francisco rapper A-1's song "The Ritual" off his latest release, The Thurl Tape (with THURL been an acronym for "Think, Hustle, Understand, and Really Live"). In my opinion this is the best music video (and not just rap) in ages since it perfectly matches the music - so much so it comes off as the video came first, not the song. Note to self: I gotta catch up with this video maker and also the rapper.
A-1 "The Ritual" (2013)