Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Top 5 Chart Week Ending 12:20:13
1) Childish Gambino Because the Internet (Glassnote)
2) Dam-Funk & Snoopzilla 7 Days of Funk (Stones Throw)
3. DJ Platurn So This Is De La Heaven 2 (Oakland Faders)
4) Madlib Rock Konducta Vol. 1 (Stones Throw)
5. E-40 Block Brochure Vol. 4, (Heavy On The Grind)
E-40 Block Brochure Vol. 5 (Heavy On The Grind)
E-40 Block Brochure Vol. 6 (Heavy On The Grind)
He may be known to most as an actor and comedian, but Donald Glover, under his hip-hop alter ego Childish Gambino, is also an accomplished skilled rapper and not a novelty rapper who proves with the success of his latest Childish Gambino release (Because the Internet is this week's top hip-hop chart entry) that he indeed has a lot to offer the hip-hop world. Of that number one at Amoeba Berkeley this week the Amoeba.com reviewers write, "He’ll likely always have to content with haters knocking him for starting as a comedian, but now Glover can point to Because the Internet as proof positive that his multifaceted professional title can firmly include rapper, as well." Indeed! Meanwhile another artist, who started as hip-hop but has drifted off into other areas of pop culture and watered down his rap street by cavorting with the likes of Martha Stewart and Katy Perry in the kitchen and studio respectively, Snoop Dogg returns supreme with his latest project: Dam-Funk & Snoopzilla 7 Days of Funk on Stones Throw on which the artist known as Snoop Lion for a minute returns to his (G) funk roots with the best practitioner of said genre, power producer/multi-instrumentalist Dam-Funk who presents the Long Beach, CA artist born Calvin Broadus with the perfect smokey funky musical backdrop. Amoeba.com reviewers accurately herald this EP release as, "a revelatory event for for fans of and freaks for The Funk, and should be particularly pleasing for those whose funk du jour is syrup-thick mid-tempo boogie-funk seasoned heavy with synthesizers a la Yarborough & Peoples or Zapp. ......Easily transcending the side-project ghetto, 7 Days of Funk is two major voices in contemporary music, subsuming their individual identities into something new and simply huge. A match made in funk heaven." Indeed!
Other chart entries from the Telegraph Ave. Amoeba Music store this week, care of E-Lit, include the latest mixtape from DJ Platurn (only available in-store), and the newest (super-dope) offering from the hella prolific Madlib Rock Konducta Vol. 1 which is also on Peanut Butter Wolf's revered Stones Throw record label. For this outing in the seemingly never ending Beat Konducta series, Madlib delves into such genres as psychedelia, prog rock, and Krautrock. The other entry in the new top five is the three-part release from the prolific E-40 in his ongoing Block Brochure series. These include the three separate CDs Block Brochure Vol. 4, Block Brochure Vol. 5, and Block Brochure Vol. 6 - all on his Heavy On The Grind label. I will go into more detail on these three talent packed releases in a future Amoeblog. For now though check out the new and recent videos below that correspond with several of the above releases and also include the latest from the Bay Area's DJ Toure.
Childish Gambino "3005" (2013)
E-40 "Plush (feat Cousin Fik)" (2013)
Dam-Funk & Snoopzilla 7 Days Of Funk (2013)
DJ Toure -"Unbelievable (feat. R.O.D. & Nio Tha Gift)" (2013)
DJ Toure of the Hieroglyphics, whose brand new video for the RnB with rap track "Unbelievable" featuring R.O.D. and Nio Tha Gift, will be presenting Toure's Theory along with the above video guests plus DJ D-Sharp and the one-and-only Too $hort on Monday December 23rd in Oakland for the Monday Soul Holiday Toy Drive at the New Parish where they'll be collecting new, unwrapped toys or cash donations for the drive.
Meantime Toure's Hieroglyphics crew mates will be performing live tonight (Friday December 20th) in San Francisco at the DNA Lounge for The End party along with Wick-it the Instigator, K Theory LIVE, ill-esha, Singularity, Mutrix,Sugarpill, Stylust Beats, Sam F, Clark Kent, indaskyes, MKSMTH, J.Lately, and more. Tix & info