Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 08:23:13
1) Earl Sweatshirt Doris (Columbia)
2) A$AP Ferg Trap Lord (RCA)
3) Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail (Def Jam)
4) Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city (Aftermath)
5) JJ Doom Key To The Kuffs (Butter Edition) (Lex Records)
Holding down the top two slots on this week's Hip-Hop Top Five chart from the Hollywood store are artists from hip-hop's two leading contemporary collectives repping each coast; Earl Sweatshirt represents Los Angeles' Odd Future while A$AP Ferg represents NYC's A$AP crew - and both have brand new albums out this week that offer a nice slice of what young hip-hop in 2013 sounds like. Number one and representing the Left Coast is the brand new album Doris from Earl Sweatshirt who most got familiar with his 2010 debut mixtape, Earl. Fast forward three years and you have the artist's major label (Columbia/SONY) distributed official debut with an impressive array of guest artists from within his crew and beyond including Domo Genesis, Frank Ocean, Vince Staples & Casey Veggies, Tyler, The Creator, Mac Miller, and RZA. Doris is accurately described by the Amoeba website as "moody, angry yet not quite aggressive" and "self-deprecating tales that subtly hook their way into your subconscious….a brilliant debut that was more than worth the wait — if anything, the time and anticipation has ensured that Doris defies expectation." Below, among the various new hip-hop music videos, is the dark moody Earl Sweatshirt video for the new album track/single "Hive (feat. Vince Staples & Casey Veggies)" that has been out for a few weeks now.
Meanwhile from the opposite side of the USA and representing the A$AP Mob headed by its star A$AP Rocky who, in an interview this past week on New York's Hot 97 radio, noted how despite his crew's popularity that in NYC they are not quite as big as outside the Big Apple, is the debut from A$AP Mob member born Darold Ferguson Jr. but who goes by the moniker of A$AP Ferg Trap Lord. The major label release - a mixtape-turned-official album - is a solid release that offers continuity unlike a lot of albums that include songs (typically the radio-geared single) that sound out of place. Consequently it also tends to sound repetitive at times with both the production and (more importantly) Ferg's limited subject matter and vocabulary making this listener long for a time in hip-hop when music was not built on a hook but engaging well thought out rhymes. But fans are scooping this one up for a collection of songs with dark themes and standout tracks including the early single "Work" that has offered a teaser for this album since it dropped a year ago in advance (see video below).
Also below is a promo video for the upcoming (two weekends from now) Hiero Day 2013 in Oakland CA which should be even better than the first one last year. More details on this big day in the coming week or so. Meanwhile Hieroglyphics member Casual is currently out on the Clash Of The Titans 27-city tour with Tha Alkaholiks and Cali Agents. The tour, that kicked off last week in Santa Cruz, will be in Los Angeles tonight at The Airliner. Back in Casual's hometown tonight is another great show - part of Blunt Club Oakland series at The Legionnaire Saloon - with Masta Ace, Wordsworth, and BPos plus DJs Max Kane, Saurus, Dion Decibels, and host Marc Stretch of Foreign Legion. Tix/info. Tomorrow (8/24) night, also presented by One League, will be the same lineup of MCs (Ace, Words, BPos) in concert at The Elbo Room on Valencia in San Francisco. Advance tix $10 or $15 at door. More info here.
If you are in NYC tonight Computer Jay will be on a bill along with PUDGE and others at Soapbox Gallery 636 Dean Street, Brooklyn (early show 9pm-11pm) and below is the video for "Hardships feat. Orfeo (Strings in Space Rendition)" taken from Computer Jay's new Savage Planet Discotheque Volume 2.
The Stones Throw Soul Tour, that is in Portland tonight and Seattle tomorrow, will be rolling through the Bay Area on Tuesday (Aug 27th) when the beloved Bay to LA record label tour featuring South Bay native / Stones Throw founder Chris "Peanut Butter Wolf" Manak along with Dam-Funk, The Stepkids, and Myron & E will play The New Parish in Oakland. Should be a great night! More info here.
Hiero Day 2013
Earl Sweatshirt "Hive (feat. Vince Staples & Casey Veggies)" (2013)
A$AP Ferg "Work"