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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 01.17.14: E-Lit, Top 5, Childish Gambino Deep Web Tour, DJ Qbert Album Launch, Friscasso feat The Jacka

Posted by Billyjam, January 17, 2014 12:35pm | Post a Comment
         

Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 01:17:14


1) Dam-Funk & Snoopzilla 7 Days of Funk (Stones Throw)


2) Childish Gambino Because the Internet (Glassnote)

3)
E-40's Welcome To The Soil: Block Brochure Vol. 4, Vol. 5, and Vol. 6   (Heavy On The Grind)

4) Sean Price & M-Phazes / Guilty Simpson & Small Professor shared/double lp (Coalmine Records)

5) Illogic & Blockhead  After Capture (Illogic Music)

Thanks to the music loving Amoeba Berkeley hip-hop main main E-Lit for taking time out this week to run over the new/recent hip-hop CD and vinyl releases and supply the above top five sellers for the week which are partly in sync with what has been equally popular at both the SF and SoCal Amoeba Music stores. These include the three top chart entries: the king of the Bay E-40's three part Welcome To The Soil: Block Brochure Vol. 4, Vol. 5, and Vol. 6   (Heavy On The Grind), Dam-Funk & Snoopzilla's highly recommended, smoldering funk fueled 7 Days of Funk released by Peanut Butter Wolf's record label Stones Throw,  actor / comedian Donald Glover's rap alter-ego Childish Gambino whose universally popular second album Because the Internet  on Glassnote proves that he is by no means some novelty rapper / actor dabbling in hip-hop but rather a rather gifted and thought-provoking, clever wordsmith who may very well be the first actor-turned-rapper to go full time in the art of hip-hop. (Usually its the other way around - rappers become successful actors - rarely does an actor who dabbles in rapping or singing have long lasting success).

Besides his gift as lyricist and storyteller part of the reason for Gambino's new album's success might be that it deals with a topic that everyone these days can relate to: the Internet and its impact on our everyday lives and human interactions or lack thereof. In a cover story interview in the February issue of Complex he tells the magazine that, "As much as everyone can find someone on the Internet now, we still feel lost" adding that, "I still feel very empty. It makes me feel more lost because nothing that I do is that different. Nothing is cool. We’re kind of alone in the universe. Like those Instagram notes I shared. We all feel these things, but nobody’s figured out how to solve them."

So serious is Glover about his rap career that he quit his prestigious acting role on the sitcom Community mid way through its current final season so as to embark on his forthcoming Deep Web tour that will kick off in Oakland on February 27th at the Fox Theater, and will include such other CA dates as  February 28 at UC Santa Barbara, and March 3rd at Soma in San Diego, and May 3 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles where/when the tour ends. Full tour details and ticket info here.

“I want to show how the Internet affects our lives,” he says of the album title. “As much as everyone can find someone on the Internet now, we still feel lost. I still feel very empty. It makes me feel more lost because nothing that I do is that different. Nothing is cool. We’re kind of alone in the universe. Like those Instagram notes I shared. We all feel these things, but nobody’s figured out how to solve them.”

Since the release of ‘Because the Internet,’ Gambino is eager to reach a wider audience with his upcoming Deep Web tour.



Read More: Childish Gambino Covers Complex Magazine | http://theboombox.com/childish-gambino-complex-magazine/?trackback=tsmclip

“I want to show how the Internet affects our lives,” he says of the album title. “As much as everyone can find someone on the Internet now, we still feel lost. I still feel very empty. It makes me feel more lost because nothing that I do is that different. Nothing is cool. We’re kind of alone in the universe. Like those Instagram notes I shared. We all feel these things, but nobody’s figured out how to solve them.”

Since the release of ‘Because the Internet,’ Gambino is eager to reach a wider audience with his upcoming Deep Web tour.



Read More: Childish Gambino Covers Complex Magazine | http://theboombox.com/childish-gambino-complex-magazine/?trackback=tsmclip


DJ Qbert wowed the crowd last evening at California Academy of Sciences (pic above) with a sneak preview of his soon-to-drop new album Extraterrestria that, when it drops in the coming months, will be the long awaited follow up to Wave Twisters. Part of the Academy's weekly NightLife party series (really fun!) last night's incredibly entertaining evening featured Qbert's 45 minute set plus performances from DJ Shortkut (who killed it on the ones and twos), Vin Roc (Shortkut's partner in Triple Threat who joined him for a little bit onstage), Dan The Automator (who did an impromptu freestyle on his wireless drum pad for a few minutes), and opening DJ Aliza May. Meanwhile the MC of the night was YogaFrog who both encouraged people to sign up for the Kickstarter campaign and did a great job of telling the history of Bay Area DJ music citing those onstage as prime examples. 

Qbert will be playing another hometown show next week when he headlines the invite only Boiler Room show on Tuesday Jan 21st along with Shortkut, Platurn, and Mophono. If you didn't get an invite or are unable to attend in person tune in live on boilerroom.tv between 7pm and 11pm (PST) on Jan 21st

And finally I leave you with the brand new video (uploaded last night) from Bay Area rap talent Friscasso (aka Friscasso The Jeweler) who is about to blow up in 2014. For about a decade this guy was been laying low key behind the scenes but contributing to a myriad of other peoples' releases as well as making jewelry for them (hence his name) but this year is setting to release his own solo full-length If you Buyin I'm Sellin that will feature tracks including the one in video below: "Poed Up." The Sf Traxx produced song features The Jacka of Mob Figaz while the video was directed and edited by Ant Jacobs with photography editing by Dope Scorsese. When the album drops I will run a full feature on Friscasso The Jeweler.

Friscasso "Poed Up (feat The Jacka)" (2014)

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