Kevin Durant's Hip-Hop Picks @ Amoeba Music
1: A Tribe Called Quest Midnight Marauders (Jive)
2: Mac Dre The Genie of The Lamp (Thizz Nation)
Ronald Dregan: Dreganomics (Thizz Nation)
3: Souls Of Mischief 93 Til Infinity (Jive)
4: J Dilla Donuts (Stones Throw)
5: Ol' Dirty Bastard Return To The 36 Chambers (Get On Down)
As reported here, over this past weekend newly signed Golden State Warriors member Kevin Durant hit the streets to explore his newly adopted home of the Bay Area. The NBA star's Bay exploration, inspired by tips from Warriors fans who responded to KD's online requests for suggestions of things to do in the Bay, included a shopping spree at Amoeba Music Berkeley where his crate diggin' resulted in picking up some Mac Dre and Souls Of Mischief, among many others. And note that all of the picks were on vinyl since Kevin Durant is a serious record collector with a steadily growing vinyl library.
Online posts to Reddit and Twitter last week asking for tips on what to do in his newly adapted Bay Area home, including suggestions on "dope record stores," resulted in the NBA star doing some crate digging at the East Bay Amoeba store on Telegraph Ave. where he was joined by popular Bay Area hip-hop artist Sage The Gemini. Both are pictured in a photo Durant posted to his Twitter account over the weekend. And last night the music loving/BART-riding basketball star, who is on the cover of the new (Nov. 3) issue of Rolling Stone, was up front in the mosh pit at the Kanye West concert in Oakland where he got mobbed by fans and shouted-out by Yeezy from onstage.
In July the 28-year old MVP award winner made headlines when he announced he would leave Oklahoma City Thunder to sign a lucrative $54.3 million 2 year contract with the Warriors, with a player option after the first year. His signing to join the Oakland based team with fellow NBA superstar Steph Curry gave the Golden State Warriors one of the greatest starting lineups in NBA history. With the new 2016-17 NBA season kicking off this week, KD has finally fully relocated to the Bay Area and begun to familiarize himself with the area, with a little help from his fans. On Thursday he went on Reddit posting, "Its KD. New to the area, still tryin' to get my feet wet and want to know what places in The Bay to check out...." In a separate post he noted how he's into music shopping, asking about, "Any dope record stores … you would suggest?" A few days earlier he had sent out a similar request via his Twitter account when he Tweeted, "Getting familiar with my new city. Tell me what I’m going to love most about The Bay." Both requests resulted in him being inundated with suggestions, many of them mentioning Amoeba Music in San Francisco and Berkeley. "If you haven't been to Amoeba Music it's a great spot for diggin' vinyl of all genres," suggested one fan while another suggested SFMOMA, the Museum of African Diaspora, and checking out visiting Chicago artist Chance The Rapper's Bay Area appearances over the weekend.
Today two of hip-hop's most innovative artists, Kool Keith and MF Doom (aka DOOM), published the music video for their excellent collaborative track "Super Hero." The booming bass track, which is produced by Kool Keith under the alias Number One Producer, is found on his recent Mello Music Group release Feature Magnetic (also avail in LP/vinyl format). Meantime the brand new accompanying music video above is directed by Kris Merc for Aardman Nathan Love Animation Studio, and interestingly does not include either of the artists in person in the production. As such it is accurately described by its makers as a non-stop quick-mix cascade of, "infinite GIFs, incredible models of DOOMs mask and Black Elvis wigs, Doc Oct surgeries, and space flights." The video's futuristic Sci-Fi visuals are the perfect match for Doom's persona and Keith's left-field, stream of consciousness, comic-book inspired lyrics that reference such things as drinking tea with the X-Men watching chicks with D-cups, eating shrimp, and driving monster truck Lamborghini's.
1: Mr Lif & L'Orange The Life & Death Of Scenery (Mello Music Group)
2: Swet Shop Boys Cashmere (Customs Records) (aval as LP)
3: Derek Minor Reflection (E1 Music)
4: Wax Tailor By Any Beats Necessary CD (LAB Records Ltd.) (avail as 2LP)
5: Grand Tapestry Grand Tapestry (Grand Tapestry)
Five-Star Vinyl Reissue of the Week:
Licensed To Ill:30 Year Anniversary LP The Beastie Boys (Def Jam/Columbia)
Upcoming Week Release Top Pick:
Cypress Hill 25th Anniversary Skull
This week's new releases include the Swet Shop Boys Cashmere (avail also on vinyl/ LP), Derek Minor's Reflection, and the self-titled release Grand Tapestry. Also just arrived in Amoeba is Wax Tailor's By Any Beats Necessary The producer's new full-length, that is also avail as 2LP set, features the advance single "Worldwide (feat. Ghostface Killah)." Released by LAB Records Ltd.and filed under either electronic dance or hip-hop, and features such other guests as the emcees Rashaan Ahmad and RA The Rugged Man.