Amoeba Berkeley Hip Hop Top Five Week Ending April 26: 2013
1) Ghostface Killah Twelve Reasons To Die (Soul Temple)
2) Kid Cudi Indicud (Dreamworks)
3) Trek Life Hometown Foreigner (Mello Music)
4) DJ Neil Armstrong Sweet: 10 Year Anniversary Box Set (Turntable Lab)
5) Kev Brown Songs Without Words Vols 1 + 2 (Green)
Special thanks to E-Lit at Amoeba Berkeley for taking time to record video above and run down the latest new hip-hop arrivals at Amoeba which include goodies such as Mello Music's Trek Life (Hometown Foreigner) and Kev Brown (Songs Without Words Vols 1 + 2). Then of special interest to DJ/turntablist fans are both the Beat Junkies Record Store Day leftover vinyl release plus the beautifully done box set by DJ Neil Armstrong (Sweet: 10 Year Anniversary Box Set). Speaking of the craziness of Record Store Day last Saturday, E-Lit reports that two of the hottest hip-hop RSD 2013 exclusive items at the Berkeley Amoeba were the Notorious B.I.G. vinyl reissue of Ready To Die and the GZA chess set - both of which were snapped up and sold out in record time. Continuing to sell well at Amoeba Berkeley and the other two Amoeba stores this week are both the new Kid Cudi (Indicud on Dreamworks) and Ghostface Killah's Twelve Reasons To Die (Soul Temple). And below is a video from this hot new collab with Adrian Younge.
Ghostface Killah "Rise of the Ghostface Killah" (2013)
Oakland duo, who play LA tonight and SF tom., Los Rakas "No Tan Listo" (2013)
Above is the brand new video from Oakland by way of Panama hip-hop duo Los Rakas who will be playing in LA tonight (Friday) and San Francisco tomorrow night. The above video for "No Tan Listo", which dropped a few days ago and was shot in Oakland, offers a taste of their upcoming double album and summer release, Soy Raka presents: 'El Negrito Dun Dun' y 'Ricardo.' The duo take their name from the Panamanian word “Rakataka” which is a negative slur used to describe someone from the ghetto. By so doing, Los Rakas say, that their goal is to "both inspire fellow “Rakas” by empowering them, and to become successful despite their circumstances, turning the current Latin hip-hop world on its head." Los Rakas play Club Nokia in Los Angeles tonight (4/26) on a bill along with The Lions and Rootz Underground and headliner SOJA Info and tix here. Tomorrow night (4/27) they return to the Bay Area to play the Warfield in San Francisco again with both Rootz Underground and headliner SOJA. Tix and info here.
Tonight, Friday April 26th, in the East Bay at Ear Peace Records will be the Streets of Rap open mic / MC cypher session plus Esh The Monolith and DJ Halo of Fake Four fame. $5 admission ($10 for unlimited beer) gets you inside this neighborhood record store/performance space. Doors open at 9pm. Ear Peace Records is located at 3268 Adeline St., Berkeley, California 94703. Flyer left for more info.
On Sunday afternoon/evening in San Francisco will be the 2013 San Francisco Regional DMC DJ battle and after party which I posted a full piece on here yesterday with insights from DJ Cue - one of the event's performers. Others will include Pam the Funkstress, DJ Quest (with Cue), DnZ, and Deeandroid & Celskiii. Read full Amoeblog preview post here.
Tomorrow, Saturday April 27th, The Hieroglyphics will be among the performers at the big Matador Music Festival in Santa Barbara. Others will include Porter Robinson, Big K.R.I.T., Alvin Risk, Sevon Lions, Robotic Pirate Monkey, K Theory, and Tropo. In their set the longtime Oakland crew will likely preview their new single and music video "Gun Fever" (both to drop next week) which offers the Hieros' views on the controversial national debate on gun control. "We are not promoting guns or violence but simply expressing our thoughts on the issue and encouraging further dialogue," said Hiero/Souls of Mischief member Tajai. Doors at the Matador Festival open at 11am. Tix and more info here. Tomorrow night (Saturday 4/27) the Hieros' best known member Del The Funky Homosapien will headline a hometown show at the Uptown in Oakland. Tix avail here.
Talented West Coast femcee Medusa has been busy lately. For one she recently collaborated with MC Lyte lately when the two female emcees recorded the new (as yet not released) track "Lay Down." The two were also out on tour together this month on the Whrs The Gramophone tour. Meanwhile on Sunday afternoon (April 28th) Medussa, who you can follow on Twitter, will be doing a free show in LA with Aceyalone and many other gifted mic masters at Kaos located at 4343 Leimert Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90068. 2pm start. More info.
And finally I leave you with a brand new video featuring Chill Moody and Apollo The Great on Temple University's Power Hour Muzik when they did an interview and freestyle on the radio show and talked about such things as their friendship before joining the independent label AubGreen Collective.