AMOEBA MUSIC HIP-HOP TOP FIVE WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 8th, 2013
3) Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City (Aftermath)
4) Fashawn Champagne & Styrofoam Cups (Fat Beats/Dirty Science)
5) Dead Prez Information Age (Varese Sarabande)
Joe Budden the popular Jersey City, New Jersey rapper, who is known for both his solo work as well as being a member of rap supergroup Slaughterhouse, and to some as a part on the VH1 TV show Love & Hip-Hop: New York, released his brand new album No Love Lost on Entertainment One this week which is in the top slot of the latest Amoeba Music hip-hop chart. Other new and recent releases in this new top five include the eternally popular Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City (Aftermath), the latest from Cali hip-hopper Fashawn's Champagne & Styrofoam Cups on Fat Beats/Dirty Science, and A$AP Rocky whose successful new album Long.Live. A$AP was somewhat bittersweet since on the eve of its release his always supportive father suddenly dropped dead. Also charting is the new long-awaited album from Dead Prez (Information Age) - more on it below along with such other items as BPos' alternate ending to last weekend's Super Bowl XLVII and Amoeba Berkeley's E-Lit's picks of new releases for this month.
Dead Prez "No Way As The Way" (2013)
In addition to E-Lit from Amoeba Berkeley's run down of the upcoming and brand new hip-hop releases for this month also is the brand new Dead Prez video for the Danny Hastings directed video "No Way As The Way" off their latest, long time coming album Information Age that is among the hip-hop chart toppers this week at Amoeba Music. Two plus decades ago back in the late eighties / early nineties during hip-hop's so-called Afro-centric movement when many artists were much more politicized and militant in their lyrics a group like Dead Prez was more the norm. Not so these days which makes the duo comprised of M1 and stic.man, that formed in 1996 after the Afro-centric era had run its course, all the more distinctive in today's hip-hop climate and, consequently, why their new album Information Age is all the more welcome. As far as the new album track "No Way As The Way" member stickman, in an interview with Complex magazine this week, said that the song's title comes from his martial arts practices; Jeet Kune Do which was created by Bruce Lee and whose general approach is of having "no way as the way, is the way. To make it simple: not being locked into any particular way as the only way to get something done, in terms of your fighting," said the artist adding, "That spills over into the philosophy of life in terms of having no set way, no rigid position that you're trying to hold, but being adaptable and fluid and flowing. Long story short, that martial arts practice has inspired my thinking a lot. When we decided to write a song on Information Age about spirituality and religion, it was so fitting."
J-Dilla "Last Donut Of The Night"
Above is the video for J-Dilla's "Last Donut Of The Night" off his album Donuts. Yesterday (Feb 7th, 2013) would have been the late great artist's 39th birthday so not surprisingly the date was observed and celebrated via his music by the many fans round the world of the late great Detroit hip-hop producer/musician who passed away on the morning of February 10th, 2006 just as his album Donuts was coming out on Stones Throw. The artist who also went by the name Jay Dee had suffered for years with an incurable blood disease and been diagnosed with lupus.
Dilla was only 32 when he died but he left behind a body of work much of it being slowly released posthumously - some of this E-Lit from Amoeba Berkeley mentions in the video up above. Next week on Feb 15th the Donuts box set of 7" inch singles will be released from Stones Throw and will be an instant collectible item - already 45 collectors are pre-ordering the release.
And finally I leave you with a fun hip-hop video from San Francisco aritsts/49ers fans BPos and friends (including Equipto) who, like most everyone in the Bay Area, were not happy with last Sunday's Super Bowl XLVII outcome in which their beloved team lost out to the Baltimore Ravens. So what they did was make a song/video that offered an alternate ending to the Niners/Ravens game.