Amoeba Hollywood Hip Hop Top Five Week Ending April 19: 2013
1) Kid Cudi Indicud (Dreamworks)
2) Ghostface Killah Twelve Reasons To Die (Soul Temple)
3) Ghostface Killah Twelve Reasons To Die DeLuxe (Soul Temple)
4) Tyler, The Creator Wolf (Columbia)
5) Wu-Tang Clan Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) LP (Loud/RCA)
Special thanks to Edwin at Amoeba Hollywood for the latest top five hip-hop chart that includes the brand new, third official solo album from Kid Cudi which is a return by the hip-hop artist to a more straight up rap production after the Cleveland artist's last outing - the rock/rap crossover project, WZRD. It is also a break from his Man In the Moon series (initially this was supposed to be part three in that ongoing series). And while the new Cudi album has some guests throughout it is not overburdened with them - hence allowing its star to shine with minimum distraction from guests on the mic. Exceptions include Kendrick Lamar who joins Cudi on “Solo Dolo Pt. II," Too $hort who joins him on "Girls" which is about - you guessed it, and RZA who joins Cudi on the killer track “Beez.” A more low profile guest is fellow Cleveland artist King Chip (aka previous collaborator Chip Tha Ripper) who is featured on both “Brothers” and “Just What I Am.” Lyrically Cudi covers a lot of ground including being on the battle tip as in the album track “Cold Blooded” in which he calls out his detractors with lyrics like: “One two one two, assholes now please listen close. I live for the day to watch all you pussies roast. Woosah woosah, So I don't slit nobody throat. Aaww it ain’t my fault. Homie thought he had the juice!"
Another brand new release is the just released latest from Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah - Twelve Reasons To Die which has also been released in an extended deluxe CD edition Twelve Reasons To Die DeLuxe. A concept project the Adrian Younge produced Twelve Reasons To Die is Ghostface's tenth studio album to date and is based on the comic book of the same name. Executive produced and narrated by RZA and released via RZA's Soul Temple record label and RED Distribution this new WU flavored solo release features guest appearances from such Wu-Tang members as Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa and Cappadonna along with William Hart and Killa Sin. It is a very strong record and proves the WU's continuing power as a force in hip-hop. So too does the return (20 years after its release) into this week's chart of the 1993 debut of the Wu-Tang Clan Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) LP. Indeed that record never gets old - only better with time!
Recently announced is the upcoming San Francisco concert date for Tyler, The Creator along with special guest Earl Sweatshirt who will be performing live next month at The Regency Ballroom on May 20th in support of Tyler's ever popular new album/chart entry Wolf on Columbia. This show will likely sell out so get tickets in advance now from here. Tonight, April 19th, in Oakland NY DJ Tony Touch will stop by Geoffrey's Inner Circle to spin at the Shugga Shay hosted Funk Ya Soul party where other DJs spinning the party's broad playlist of hip-hop, funk, Afro-beat, soulful house, reggae, and Latin, will include LadyRyan, DJ Heylove, DJ Leydis of Cuba, and DJ Emancipation.
As you know tomorrow, April 20th, is Record Store Day 2013 with each Amoeba Music opening at 10:30am but be sure to get there at least an hour early to line up if you want to be at top of the line for chance to cop the exclusive RSD 2013 releases. These include a re-issue on vinyl of Ready to Die by Biggie - the debut album from The Notorious B.I.G. which has been out of print on vinyl for a long time. But this Record Store Day is being re-released on double (white) vinyl version that comes with a gate fold jacket.
Tomorrow, April 20th, is also 4/20 - the annual date when stoners and weed fans in general celebrate. One event themed around the date is the Higher Grounds Music Festival in Pozo, California that kicks off at noon and runs all day with sets including from Wiz Khalifa, Psycho White (Travis Barker and Yelawolf), The Green, Iration, Katchafire, Berner, Chevy Woods, Wheeland Brothers, Vokab Kompany, and others. Tickets here for this all ages event range in price from $30 to $75. Also celebrating 420 tomorrow will the Hieroglyphics with two shows in two states in the one day: in South Lake Tahoe with Lion Camp and Don Carlos at 3pm at Tahoe Wellness Co-op and then in Santa Cruz later along with the Lynguists at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz, California. And tonight getting an early start on the 420 celebrations Cypress Hill play the Regency in San Francisco.
King Cudi "King Wizard"