1) Tyler, The Creator Wolf (Columbia)
2) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The Heist (Macklemore LLC)
3) Lil’ Wayne I Am Not a Human Being Pt. II (Cash Money)
4) Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City CD (Aftermath)
5) Blu No York! (New World Colour/Greenstreets)
In the number one slot with a bullet this week is the brand new Tyler, The Creator album Wolf on Columbia Records which arrived in Amoeba on Tuesday this week (April 2nd) in both Wolf regular CD version and in Wolf DeLuxe CD version. Amoeba website reviewers wrote of the album and its maker that he's, "always been an artist and persona as divisive as he is undeniably talented, so why expect (or want) that to change? Sprawling tracklist, angry, occasionally homophobic lyrics and all, Goblin was affecting in its ugliness. The Wolf builds on the Odd Future kingpin’s sound with more manageable beats and R&B touches, but he’s the same troubled joker at heart."
Back on the new Top Five chart at Amoeba Hollywood this week is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' self-released runaway indie hit The Heist which originally dropped six months ago - its latest re-reentry into the chart no doubt linked to the unstoppable duo's stellar SoCal performance at last weekend's Paid Dues 2013 Festival at the San Manuel Amphitheater in nearby San Bernardino. Other chart entries this week include Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid M.A.A.D City CD, Blu's No York!, and the recently released latest from Lil Wayne; I Am Not a Human Being Pt. II on Cash Money which, as Amoeba Berkeley's E-Lit predicted here last week, will likely be a strong steady seller for a while so expect to see it on many future Amoeba Music sales charts.
Concerts and shows in the Bay Area this weekend include DJ Shadow at the ever-popular Low End Theory party in San Francisco tonight which is the kickoff of a two-month, 15 date US tour by the famous Bay Area DJ / producer born Josh Davis. Tonight's show (Friday April 5th) is at 1015 Folsom and also features Teebs, DJ Dials, Free The Robots, along with Low End Theory residentsDaddy Kev, Nocando, and Nobody. $20 21+ Tickets here.
Meanwhile on the other side of the Bay Bridge in Oakland it is First Friday/Art Murmur day of the month with tons of free entertainment up and down The Aves. (Telegraph and Broadway) including inside Oaklandish at 1444 Broadway near 14th Street with new Oakland female rapper Glam. I. Rock (who will be featured here on the Amoeblog next week) with her DJ Jack. Also on the bill is slept-on San Francisco rap talent Armani Cooper along with his DJ Dion Decibels. Showtime is listed as 7pm to 10pm but, based on past experience when this retail store with limited space gets hella packed early on in the evening, my suggestion is get there close to 7pm to ensure entry and a good spot. Below, along with a grip of other brand new videos, is Armani Cooper's 2012 video for "Alarm Clock Alley / Bad Dream City."
Armani Cooper | Alarm Clock Alley | Bad Dream City (2012)
Illogic & Blockhead "Behind the Album "Capture the Sun" Episode Two" (2013)
Above is the second part in the documentary on the power duo of producer Blockhead and emcee/poet Illogic who teamed up to record the album Capture The Sun. The anticipated release, their first collaborative full-length and hopefully not the last, in a couple of weeks on TK via Man Bites Dog Records. It will feature such guest spots as ones from Blueprint, Abstract Rude, and Slug of Atmosphere who appears on the title track lead single. Another advance single from the album is "Neva Heard." The new Illogic & Blockhead album Capture the Sun will arrive in Amoeba on April 16th.
Celsius 7 - "Minds LIke Me" (2013)
Above is the brand new Matthew Moglia directed video from longtime East Bay hip-hop artist Celsius 7 who was featured here on the Amoeblog in 2011 and again one year ago when he did a freestyle on the street outside Amoeba Berkeley. The new video/track is a heartfelt homage to all things hip-hop and the Bronx, NY born culture that captured his heart and head from an early young age as a kid growing up in the East Bay town of Alameda.
Above is "Don't Stop" - the brand new video from hot Bay Area rapper Iamsu! who recently unleashed the collaborative mixtape with Problem titled Million Dollar Afro. Problem and Iamsu! are embarking on a brief ten date cross country tour that includes stops Seattle, Los Angeles, and NYC where on May 15th it winds up at Santos Party House.
Dizzy Wright "Still Movin'" (2013)
Since it was uploaded last week talented young Las Vegas rapper Dizzy Wright's new video for "Still Movin'" (above) has been racking up views and positive comments - many implying that the FunkVolume (FV) label/crew he is has been down are hotter than Odd Future (OF). Along with his label/crew mates the 21 year old, who was part of XXL Magazine's 2013 Freshmen Class, is using the "Still Movin'" song/video as a sort of self-help, positive party anthem meets marketing campaign to sell FV merch which is strategically placed throughout the above video.
And finally I leave you with a video interview below with Jerry Da Hermit - the latest in the ongoing DJ interview series from DJ Hen Boogie in which he sits down and gets in-depth with "one of the Bay Area's most celebrated DJ/Producer and owner of the world renown StickyLab recording studio" as Hen Boogie writes in the video description of the interview that covers beats, DJing, and Bay Area history.