Amoeba Berkeley Hip Hop Top Five Week Ending March 29: 2013
1) Blu No York! (New World Colour/Greenstreets)
This long lost experimental album from Blu finally gets an official
release. The album No York! was originally supposed to be released by Warner Bros Records, but a change of staff got it lost in the woodwork and the project was eventually shelved. The album has been floating around as a bootleg for some time now, but this is an official fully mastered version of it that’s sure to satisfy Blu fans worldwide. Features production from Exile, Flying Lotus, Samiyam, Daedelus, Dibia$e and more. Get it!
2) Eric Lau Makin’ Sound (Octave)
Got this one in as a Japanese import after a couple of requests for it
and it was quick to move off the shelves! This guy Eric Lau's been making a name for himself through his mellow jazzy production techniques, and has collaborated with the likes of Guilty Simpson and Dudley Perkins amongst others. Makin’ Sound is sure to appeal to fans of Fat Jon [the Ample Soul Physician] or Madlib’s work in Yesterday’s New Quintet.
3) Gensu Dean & Planet Asia Abrasions (Mello Music Group)
This new full length from Planet Asia is being heralded as a major
return to form for the Cali MC. Some strong throwback production
styles from Gensu Dean, and plenty of thick rap verses to dig into.
Abrasions is Planet Asia’s strongest album in a minute for sure, and
naturally the buzz caught on in the Amoeba sales circuit. The recent
album from Durag Dynasty, Planet Asia’s crew album produced by The
Alchemist, has been a good seller as well.
4) Dead Prez Information Age (Krian Music Group)
This one from Dead Prez was initially only available as a digital download late last year, but it got the CD treatment this year and it’s been selling
fairly steadily since. Information Age is a new official full length album from Stic Man and M1, the duo who brought you the classic “Let’s Get Free” in 1999, and features some appearances from Bun B and Anthony David. Scroll down for info on Dead Prez's Bay Area concert tonight.
5) Lil’ Wayne I Am Not a Human Being Pt. II (Cash Money)
No big sales figures for this one yet since it just dropped, but I
predict it’ll pick up a bit as the months move on. This latest album
from Lil Wayne arrives in the wake of his recent health issues, which seem to largely be associated with some massive consumptions of sizzurp. Features the stream of conscious rapping that Lil’ Wayne’s known so well for, alongside guest spots from 2 Chainz, Gunplay, Drake and more.
Thanks to E-Lit at Amoeba Berkeley for supplying both the above hip-hop top five chart and also the accompanying album descriptions for each of these new hip-hop full-length releases that have been selling well at the East Bay Amoeba this past week. Meantime there are a lot of great hip-hop shows, parties, and events happening this weekend and in the week ahead all over the place including tonight at the New Parish in Oakland where DJ collective The Oakland Faders are throwing an old school jam that promises to find the crew, "rocking' on 4 turntables all night starting at 9pm with a cheap cover" and that will be hosted by Tyranny Allen. More info here. Also tonight, Friday March 29th, on the other side of the Bay Bridge in San Francisco is a thought-provoking hip-hop music concert with Dead Prez, Ab-Soul, Jasari X, and more at 103 Harriet in San Francisco. 8pm show 21+ $20 tix. More info.
Tomorrow, Saturday March 30th, the mighty Souls Of Mischief will be among those performing at the 8th Annual Paid Dues Festival in San Bernardino, CA which note has moved from its original location at NOS Event Center to San Manuel Amphitheater, due to a shortage of parking spots available at the former venue. Other acts at this excellent, talent-packed, all day, hip-hop festival include Black Hippy (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tech N9ne, Immortal Technique, De La Soul, Talib Kweli, and tons more (with three alternating stages). More info here. In the days following the big festival expect many of the participating artists to show up at smaller club gigs throughout California. Case in point, next Wednesday, April 3rd, in Santa Cruz, the molly popping, party rocking, popular rapper Trinidad James who is among those tat Paid Dues - will headline at the Catalyst. 16+ 7pm doors. More info.
Uptown XO "Spread Love" (2013)
Above from Mello Music Group - the label that seemingly can do no wrong as they boast an impeccable track record of signings/releases - comes the brand new (as in unveiled today - March 29th) video from uplifting lyricist Uptown XO for his song "Spread Love" which was directed by Jay Gregory. Meanwhile the song was produced by AB The Pro and is taken from the recent January 20th release Colour de Grey.
Kyle Rapps "Watch Out" (2013)
"I ain't a killa, or a hundred dolla billa. I'm just a kid who is a fan of J-Dilla" - raps Kyle Rapps in his entertaining new Robbie Barclay directed video above for his new song "Watch Out.' The song (produced by Belie) is from the Harlem artist's upcoming mixtape SUB with an official release following later.
Indecent the Slapmaster "Keep on Cryin' (feat. K.O.B.)"
And finally I leave you with the brand new Bay Area rap music video above. It is from the tireless, hard working North Bay hip-hop artist Indecent the Slapmaster performing his fun new track "Keep on Cryin'" with a feature from K.O.B. that got unleashed this week via his indie Slapmaster Productions company.