Amoeba Hollywood Hip Hop Top Five Week Ending May 17: 2013
1) Talib Kweli Prisoner Of Conscious (Blacksmith)
2) The Uncluded (Aesop Rock + Kimya Dawson) Hokey Fright (Rhymesayers)
3) Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city (Aftermath)
4) Eve Lip Lock (FTR Music)
5) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The Heist (Macklemore LLC)
After debuting as new releases on the Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop chart last week both the brand new, highly anticipated Talib Kweli album Prisoner Of Conscious on the Brooklyn artist's own Blacksmith label, as well as the new genre bending Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson collaboration Hokey Fright on Rhymesayers Entertainment - recorded under the project name The Uncluded - are back for a second week in a row in the numbers one and two chart slots respectively. Also back on this week's chart - and no surprise to see these two unstoppable albums each released back in 2012- are Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' The Heist. My bet is the ever popular respective major label and indie label releases will both be still charting over the next few months too. But what is surprising (to me at least) and worthy of a double take is the new chart entry from Eve. My first reaction was - huh, Eve the rapper from back in the day, Eve the female member of the Ruff Ryders crew fame? The answer is yes, that Eve. Eve the female rapper who last released an album eleven long hip-hop years ago - 2002’s Eve-Olution on Interscope.
Eve's return album Lip Lock, which I think we can definitely call it a comeback, is self-released on her own indie label and stylistically, while rooted in hip-hop, ventures off into other areas including dubstep and pop. Below is a video from the new album's lead single "She Bad Bad" that preceded the album by a few months to an overwhelming positive response. Also below (scroll down a bit to see) are a couple of other music videos including the humor laced new joint from Jarren Benton for his song "Cadillacs & Chevys" from his forthcoming album My Grandmas Basement (got to love this guy's sense of humor from this title to the ancient cellular phone he uses as a video prop). Benton is the newest member of ambitious independent hip-hop label Funk Volume and this brand new release follows the Georgia native's Funk Volume debut "Razor Blades And Steak Knives." While simultaneously mocking the state of rap today this rapper also does a hell of a job at perfecting the genre that he so obviously loves.
Also below is the brand new So-Cal shot video from Trek Life for the straight up love for hip-hop track "Just The Music" off the new album Hometown Foreigner (Mello Music Group) which demonstrates a love for crate digging and hip-hop and graf inspired murals in the Jake Handegard of Morningside Films directed music video. The album Hometown Foreigner features guest spots from such talents as Oddisee, Bishop Lamont, yU, and Hezekiah.
Hip-hop events in the Bay Area this weekend include the DJ Platurn curated 45 Sessions tonight (May 17th) with special guest visiting NYC DJ Boogie Blind (X-ecutioners) along with Platurn himself plus fellow residents Enki and E-Da Boss, plus an "opening jukebox set" from the ever knowledgeable crate digger Tim Diesel who no doubt will be checking out the event's Beat Swap Meet curated in-house record swap. Hosting the event, at the recently opened Legionnaire Saloon venue on Telegraph near 22nd, is Jern Eye. 21+ More info here.
Also in the once dormant, now vibrant downtown Oakland nightlife area on Sunday afternoon (May 19th) at the New Parish will be the immigration reform hip-hop benefit show Dont Stop: Borders Everywhere with performances from Dub Esquire, Mel Yel, Aisha Fukushima, and Cambio and more. Speaking via email this morning organizer Dub Esquire said "People need to support this cause because not only is it the right thing to do, but there are women and children that try to escape horrible conditions where they are from..... it is inhumane and straight up racist to harass and opress other people whether they are from Mexico or the moon!" Support this worthy cause with a $10 donation at The New Parish on Sunday afternoon 1pm to 5pm. More info here.
Meanwhile in the irony of ironies category is this item. Colorado's Wheelchair Sports Camp (WSC) featuring krip hop artist Kalyn Hefferernan (pictured right in her wheelchair in a great shot from a Village Voice feature) this week kicked off a one-month national tour supporting the Flobots. However when they play San Francisco this Sunday, May 19, their venue is non wheelchair accessible - Cafe Du Nord on Market St. This is messed up since many of the fans of WSC are also in wheelchairs and hence cannot get into the show. For the past few days Kalyn (who is touring with a percussionist) has been desperately trying to line up some last minute alternate venue in San Francisco to do a second free show that is wheelchair accessible but so far this has been in vain. For tickets and more information on the Cafe du Nord show that also features a set from All City Elite click here.
Trek Life "Just The Music" (2013)
Eve "She Bad Bad" (2013)
Jarren Benton - Cadillacs & Chevys (Prod by Roc N Mayne) (2013)