AMOEBA MUSIC SAN FRANCISCO HIP-HOP TOP FIVE: 03:13:09
1) Brother Ali The Truth Is Here (Rhymesayers CD & DVD)
2) Keeley & Zaire Ridin High (WYXMusicLabel)
3) Camp Lo Stone and Rob Caught on Tape (Soulfever Inc.)
4) Messy Marv Cake & Ice Cream Mixtape Vol. 2 (SIccness)
5) K'NAAN Troubadour (A&M/Octone Records)
Thanks to Luis at Amoeba Music San Francisco for this week's Hip-Hop Top Five of new hip-hop sellers with the Rhymesayers' Brother Ali in the top slot. His latest CD & DVD combo pack The Truth Is Here is a nine track CD plus a full-length DVD. The first official release in two years from the mid west emcee since he dropped his acclaimed The Undisputed Truth is meant to tide fans over until his official full-length album (produced by Ant of Atmosphere fame) drops in the Fall.
The nine tracks on The Truth Is Here include two sought after Brother Ali B-sides plus seven new & previously unreleased songs including the stellar track "Philistine David" and also "The Believer" -- a collaboration with Slug from Atmosphere. Meanwhile, the full length DVD part of the new package is concert footage of the artist's sold-out homecoming performance on June 7th, 2007 during The Undisputed Truth Tour at Minneapolis' First Avenue nightclub, as well as interviews, the music videos for "Take Me Home" and "Uncle Sam Goddamn," plus commentary by the artist himself.