Amoeba Music Hollywood Top Five Week Ending 08:02:13
1) Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail (Def Jam)
2) Diplo & Tripledouble Aeiou Two (no label)
3) Tech N9ne Something Else (Strange Music)
4) J.Cole Born Sinner [DeLuxe version] (Columbia)
5) Crooked I Apex Predator (Empire Dist)
The above latest hip-hop top five chart from Amoeba Hollywood includes some current releases like Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail on Def Jam and the deluxe version of J.Cole's June release Born Sinner on Columbia. The re-entry from sometime back is Diplo & Tripledouble Aeiou Two. The chart also include includes a couple of brand new releases including Slaughterhouse rapper Crooked I's solo album Apex Predator via Empire Dist. which fans seem to really digging since it dropped Tuesday this week. The album a real varied production sound too thanks to the numerous producers lending their talent including Cardo, Denaun Porter, Jonathan Elkaer, Luxe Beats, Sarom, Snaz, Street Runner, and Tabu - not too mention the guest mic wreckers that include K-Young, Tena Jones, and longtime Kansas City rapper Tech N9ne whose latest release Something Else (on the artists Strange Music label) is also among the new chart entries this week. The album features such tracks as the single "So Dope" with guest shots from Wrekonize, Twisted Insane, and Snow Tha Product. See the video below for this song along with a video trailer for Crooked I's album that offers a nice flavor of the recommended new release. Also below, along with a quickee review of the Pete Rock and Camp Lo mixtape release show in NYC the other night, are a couple other new hip-hop music videos worth checking out that include B-1 (aka One) and Ricky Rude, as well as (in case you missed it) the must see latest What's In My Bag? video featuring DJs Z-Trip and Jazzy Jeff.
Crooked I Apex Predator Trailer (2013)
Tech N9ne "So Dope (feat. Wrekonize, Twisted Insane & Snow Tha Product)" (2013)
Wednesday night at Santos Party House in NYC at the release party for the brand new mixtape from Pete Rock and Camp Lo, 80 Blocks From Tiffanys Pt II, producer Pete Rock announced that since the new free mixtape's release the day before that 14,000 copies had been downloaded. He encouraged everyone else to download it at this link for free. Considered one of hip-hop greatest all time producers Pete Rock, who is no stranger to Amoeba Music where he has both performed and picked up a lot of records, opened the night by spinning a great set of music in which he dropped in lots of 90's classics including from such artists as Lords of the Underground and The Pharcyde. Then about 45 minutes later he was joined onstage by the Bronx, NY hip-hop duo of Camp Lo (Sonny Cheeba and Geechi Suede) who have been putting it down since the 90's. Together they did a handful (short set) of songs: classic and new mixtape tracks. As well as plugging the Camp Lo collab and hyping up the next act of the night, DJ Tony Touch, Pete Rock also talked about his longtime coming, highly anticipated, forthcoming collaboration with DJ Premier that will drop in 2014 he promised.
B-1 "Hands of Time" (2013)
If the sound of the above new video appears to offer a nice nod/throwback to the vibe of 90's NY hip-hop there's good reason. This brand new 2013 Large Professor produced offering by Queens, NY emcee B-1 (aka One) who started out in hip-hop in NYC back in the early 90's is in fact a 90's hip-hop track just now seeing the light of day. This record, while a new release via Ill Adrenaline Records, is an unreleased 1997 recording from B-1 who is one of those talents that still many hip-hop fans have not yet heard of. A relatively unknown hip-hop artist even though his resume includes guesting on two tracks on Kool G Rap's 1995 album 4, 5, 6 alongside MF Grimm, and also recording in 1992 with Grimm, plus Lord Finesse, and Freddie Foxxx. Close followers of late 90's NYC underground hip-hop may even recall the few records he released via Rawkus - several of which also collaborations with Large Professor. Never straying far from hip-hop he continued putting it down into the last decade, and up until the present. He is currently working an all new album that will drop sometime in 2014 on Ill Adrenaline Records.
Ricky Rude "Glory" (2013)
Above is the brand new first ever video from newcomer New Jersey rapper Ricky Rude for his uplifting track "Glory" that is culled from his forthcoming twelve song, debut album, No Guts, No Glory that will arrive in Amoeba in early October via the Bright Boys Entertainment label. The song "Glory" was produced by another Garden State hip-hopper: the producer Cardiak whose impressive resume includes working with such artists as Joe Budden, 50 Cent, DJ Khaled, and Rick Ross. Meanwhile Ricky Rude, whose flow bears a slight resemblance to Eminem's, has enlisted some high profile artists to collaborate on his debut album. These include Scarface, AR-AB, Shady Records' Liz Rodriguez, DJ Khalil, Sarom, Felony, and Brainwave.
Z-Trip and Jazzy Jeff's What's In My Bag? (2013)