Amoeba Hollywood Hip Hop Top Five Week Ending May 24: 2013
1) French Montana Excuse My French (Bad Boy/Interscope)
2) Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city (Aftermath)
3) Kid Cudi Indicud (Dreamworks)
4) Tyga Hotel California (Cash Money)
5) Tyler, The Creator Wolf (Columbia)
In the number one position with a bullet on this week's Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five chart is French Montana's Excuse My French. Pretty impressive considering that this is the first release by French Montana- well the first official release following a dizzying string of over two dozen mixtape releases by the rapper - all of which paved the way for this major label (Interscope Records) debut. Excuse My French by the Moroccan-born, American rap artist known as French Montana (not to be confused with UK hip-hop instrumental artist Young Montana?) comes in both the regular 13 track Excuse My French CD edition and the 19 track Deluxe Excuse My French CD version. Of the new album the Amoeba.com reviewers write, "French’s flow comes out like melted butter over the popping “Ain’t Worried About Nothin’,” one of the album’s catchiest songs, and the eerie, slow-motion “Marble Floors,” which finds French bragging about how his exquisite flooring lures the ladies alongside a winning roster of collaborators". Indeed one of the advantages, it would seem, of upgrading from DIY mixtape status to major label official release status is that you can afford to pay some high profile artists to make cameos on your album. And on his new release French Montana does that does that, and some, with an impressive long list of collaborators lending their talents. These include such rap and RnB artists as Raekwon, Ne-Yo, Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, Snoop Dogg,Birdman, Rick Ross, Diddy, Fabolous, Trey Songz, The Weeknd, DJ Khaled, Mavado, Ace Hood, Jerimih, Scarface, Machine Gun Kelly, Red Café, Los, Chinx Drugz, Young Cash, and Max B. But what is truly noteworthy about this is that he didn't have to pay any of these guests (with the exception of the latter incarcerated Max B) since, according to an MTV News story published this week, they all gladly did their cameos for the love. So that was what he must have meant when he rapped "money don't mean nothin'" in the aforementioned "Money Don't Mean Nothin.'" However, it is hard not to notice in the popular cameo-heavy video below (including Diddy whose Bad Boy Records with distribution via Interscope he has this major label deal) for this lyrically repetitive single that there is over the top product placement of the vodka brand Ciroc that Diddy has a vested interest in.
French Montana "Ain't Worried About Nothin' (explicit)" (2013)
Has-Lo "Hindsight (prod. Apollo Brown)" (2013)
For his latest video East Coast emcee Has-Lo delivers the above remix video which utilizes new footage, new filters, and new angles for the Apollo Brown produced and remixed version of the song "Limit" - and flips it into the retitled "Hindsight." The remix is a lead in to Has-Lo's forthcoming Fall vinyl release of his critically acclaimed debut album In Case I Don't Make It on Mello Music Group which will be released on limited edition 180 gram vinyl. That early Fall vinyl release will be one of two treats to expect from Has-Lo later this year. He will also be dropping a brand new collaborative project that he is currently finishing up with North Carolina emcee Castle.
North Side/Uptown Chicago rapper Jahzel dropped his latest song/video this week "In God's Image" which is down below along with the latest from North Bay artist Indecent The Slapmaster - "Don't Mind Me." Being that it is Memorial Day Weekend there is a lot of stuff going on in the Bay Area but the big event of this weekend is happening tomorrow at the Shoreline Amphitheater. It is the all day long golden era hip-hop themed Kings of the Mic Tour featuring LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, De La Soul, DJ Z-Trip plus others. For tickets and more information click here.
Indecent the Slapmaster "Don't Mind Me" (2013)
Jahzel "In God's Image" (2013)