Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Weekly Top Five: 10:09:09
1) Ghostface Killah Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City (Def Jam)
2) Crown CIty Rockers The Day After Forever (Gold Dust Media)
3) Jay-Z The Blueprint 3 (Roc Nation/Atlantic)
4) Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Links Pt II (ICEAL)
5) Brother Ali Us (Rhymesayers)
Thanks for this week's Amoeba Music Hip-Hop Top Five chart go out to Tom at the Berkeley store where, in addition to updating the Amoeblog on the top selling new hip-hop albums, he reports that, as of yesterday, the Telegraph Ave. store has, "got all the Halloween decorations up and it looks mighty spooky." What's spooky to me is how quickly the summer just flew by and the fact that it's almost Halloween again. Dang! Time really does fly. Case in point is Ghostface Killah -- it seems like it's only been a few years since the Wu-Tang Clan rapper dropped his first solo release, Ironman, but actually that release came out thirteen long hip-hop years ago, in 1996! His latest album, Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City on Def Jam, which is this week's number hip-hop release at Amoeba, is actually the eighth solo release from the Wu rapper, who took his name from the 1979 kung fu film Mystery of Chessboxing.