Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: Week Ending 05:02:14
1) Army of the Pharaohs In Death Reborn (Enemy Soil)
2) Freddie Gibbs & Madlib Pinata LP (Madlib Invazion)
3) YG My Krazy Life (Def Jam)
4) DJ Quik Safe + Sound (SONY)
5) ScHoolboy Q Oxymoron (Interscope)
Clocking in a just under an hour is Army Of The Pharaohs anticipated new joint and this week's number one hip-hop chart entry at Amoeba In Death Reborn which is the fourth studio album by the non-commercial yet hella popular Army of the Pharaohs featuring the all-star lineup of Vinnie Paz, Apathy, Blacastan, Block McCloud, Celph Titled, Crypt The Warchild, Demoz, Des Devious, Doap Nixon, Esoteric, King Magnetic, King Syze, Planetary, Reef the Lost Cauze, and Zilla with production from various studio talents including Apathy, C-Lance, Leaf Dog, Panik, and Stu Bangas. The release, which is the group's first new studio album in four years, is packed with rapid fire wordplay by this talent-packed collective and features such memorable tracks as the lead single/video “God Particle” (below). Also below is the video for YG's Drake featured single "Who Do You Love?" off his current chart entry My Krazy Life on Def Jam. Other chart entries at Amoeba this week are Freddie Gibbs & Madlib's Pinata, ScHoolboy Q's Oxymoron, and (in throwback style) DJ Quik's 1995 album Safe + Sound which is one of two older releases that have been moving at Amoeba Hollywood this past week. The other older release that, for some reason, began selling briskly over the past week at the SoCal Amoeba is Lauryn Hill's 1998 post Fugee's solo classic The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
YG "Who Do You Love? (feat. Drake) [explicit version]" (2014)
Army of the Pharaohs “God Particle” (2014)
Dopestyle 1231 "Woody S." (2014)
Above is a teaser preview of the just completed, soon to drop limited edition Dopestyle 1231 LP MochaFrappucinoPsychoSick of which the supertalented/albeit way underrated Bay Area based emcee tells the Amoeblog, "We're pressing up a limited edition of 250 green specially-packaged vinyl and digital," adding that "Jason [former Amoebite Jason Chavez, aka DJ 4AM] did the production and the scratches." Of the album track "Woody S." for which the video above was made to accompany he says, "This is a tribute to one of my top 3 heroes of all time, Woody Strode." Closer to the release of this limited edition album I will post an interview with the artist here on the Amoeblog.
Further confirming that late great J-Dilla appears to be as posthumously prolific as 2Pac is yet another anticipated release from the late great Detroit producer born James Dewitt Yancey who died in 2006 and since has become more famous than in his own short lifetime. Being released next week (May 6th) via Pay Day Productions will be yet another posthumous release: “Give ‘Em What They Want” a 12-inch five track single (including two instrumentals of the songs "Give Them What They Want" and "The Doe") being released on clear vinyl. The record was co-produced in 2002 by J Dilla and Supa Dave West when the artist also known as Jay Dee (hence the record cover art - from James and Karla Murray's book Store Front book of bygone NYC store fronts) when Dilla reportedly set out a dozen years back to record an album collaborating with his favorite producers including Supa Dave West who produced "The Doe" and the record's last vocal track “So Far.”
This week I caught up with Supa Dave West to ask him, on his experience of working with the beloved Dilla, what his favorite memory is? "I remember getting in his truck and he was really excited. He was like "Yo! When I hear your shit, it makes me wanna instantly go make music. You sound like you. You don't sound like me at all..and thats why I had to work with you." He was makin' a real big deal about it too," recalled West, continuing. "He really respected original people. I told him [that] I don't have a style or any one thing that I lean on. I leave myself exposed to the music, to the moment. Then he played me like twenty beats I haven't heard again to this day, and we listened like two kids in a sand box. Not too many producers can say [that] they've sat in front of Jay and listened to his music in his physical presence and gave real feed back to him about his shit. I shared that moment, bouncin' in the truck on the way to meet House Shoes, then to the studio!"
In DMC 2014 battle news, Stateside last weekend was the San Francisco Regionals presented by DJ Cue and his Special Tech DJ organization along with the Rane DJ gear company at club Mighty which was as much of a competition/DJ battle as it was a great opportunity for lots of old friends to meet up -such as Cue's crew the Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters who had not all been together in years (pictured are Cue, Marz, Eddie Def, and DJ Quest holding his young son/aspiring DJ). Meantime in the battle: the top three 2014 DMC San Francisco Regional champs were #1: Ichy the Killer, #2 Mista-B, and #3 Dstrukt.
Meanwhile the results of the 2014 DMC Scratch Competition (test run) were #1 DJ Prolifix, #2 DJ IQ ( Handroidz), and Sac-Town's DJ Mr. Vibe. Tomorrow, Saturday May 3rd, will be the 2014 DMC Los Angeles + DMC Battle for US Supremacy DJ battle event from 5pm to 2am at the Maya Lounge 7850 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, California 90620. More info here. Meanwhile later today over in England will be The DMC UK DJ Final + Battle For UK Supremacy 2014. See flyer below for more info. Also below is flyer for tomorrow's Hip Hop In The Park - taking place in Peoples Park behind Amoeba Berkeley from noon to 5pm, May 3rd - all ages and no cover charge.