Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Chart Week Ending 11:29:13
1) Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP2 (Interscope)
2) Drake Nothing Was The Same (Cash Money)
3) Dom Kennedy Get Home Safely (The Other Peoples Money Co.)
4) Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city (Aftermath)
5) Deltron 3030 Event II (Bulk Recordings)
This week's hip-hop top five chart from the Hollywood Amoeba store confirms something that I had mentioned in my recent year end/best of 2013 in hip-hop Amoeblog about how several 2012 releases, most notably Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city album that originally dropped 13 months ago back in October of last year, have been carrying over and keep re-charting this year due to a steady continued interest in these popular albums. Other chart entries this week include other albums that likely will have long shelf lives too such as, the current number one on both the Billboard albums chart and at Amoeba, Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP2, and Drake's Nothing Was The Same. The other two chart entries are the Dan The Automator produced Deltron 3030 Event II that also comes in an instrumental version and Dom Kennedy Get Home Safely which is doing real well at the LA emcee's hometown Amoeba branch. The album from the Leimert Park district of Los Angeles raised artist, who since he started out just five years ago with his first mixtape (25th Hour) has steadily risen in popularity and demand (by fans and other artists who want to collaborate with him) is truly the feel-good rap recording of the year and proof that we will be hearing a lot more from Dom Kennedy in 2014 and beyond. Other recent hip-hop releases at Amoeba that have been in demand include Greenhouse (Blueprint & Illogic)'s Bend But Don't Break on Weightless Recordings, the dope Stones Throw Records "rap" release from Jon Wayne Rap Album One, and Anticon co-founder/producer/MC Jel's Late Pass on Anticon.
In case you needed another reminder, today is Black Friday and this is the perfect day to go shopping at Amoeba Music since it is the other second, smaller scale Record Store Day (wihtin April) that you can pick up limited edition albums and CDs only available today exclusively from independent record stores like Amoeba Music. With Nielsen SoundScan statistics showing that, in the first six months of this year, that vinyl sales have increased by 33.5% since the previous six month period, it is not surprising that majority of the Black Friday Record Store Day releases are vinyl. And while the majority of today's exclusive RSD releases are mostly rock (including U2, Flaming Lips, Rolling Stones) there are overall numerous excellent exclusive releases - that include the reissue of the long out of print first Nas single ("Halftime") back when he was still known as Nasty Nas. Although it appeared two years later on Nas' landmark 1994 debut album Illmatic the track "Halftime" was first released as a 12" in 1992 as the artist's debut single culled the Ruffhouse/Columbia/SONY releaseed Zebrahead movie soundtrack. The record, that was produced by Large Professor and features samples by Gary Byrd and the Average White Band among others, has been out of print for a long time. I still have a coveted of the original 12" (albeit a promo copy) but think I might try and cop another one today.
For more on Black Friday special releases check out this Amoeblog link. But records aren't the only thing of interest to hip-hop fans on sale today at Amoeba: special Black Friday deals today at all three stores include 25% off headphones (which are already modestly priced at Amoeba), and 25% off all books! At the Amoeba San Francisco store only there is a special sale of 25% off Pro-Ject Essential turntables, while at the Amoeba Hollywood store today Crosley turntables are on sale for only $119.98. Such a deal! All stores open at 10:30am today, Nov 29th, 2013. Be sure to arrive early though at all three stores to guarantee early entry into each respective store. Note that all Record Store Day Black Friday items are limit one per customer, no holds or phone orders. And good news for shoppers at the Amoeba Hollywood store store today: complimentary coffee will be served thanks to the good peeps at the Coffee Bean and pastries thanks to the equally good folks over at 6372 West Sunset at Stella Barra.
If you shop at the Amoeba San Francisco store today and are still in the City this evening among the events happening is the highly recommended Brand Nubian headlined show at the Elbo Room in the Mission district of SF tonight (Nov 29th) that also features such local Bay Area hip-hop heavy hitters as the Hieroglyphics' member Pep Love, longtime underrated SF emcee L'Roneous, and recent era Bay Area hip-hop traditionalists BPos. This is going to be an awesome show! Attend if you can. Advance tickets here and more info on Elbo Room located at 647 Valencia in San Francisco. And in honor of tonight's show I leave you with a classic Brand Nubian video for their Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians sampled song "Slow Down."
Brand Nubian "Slow Down"