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Hip-Hop Rap-Up Week End 03.22.13 Dark Time Sunshine, Demigodz, Murs & 9th Wonder, Denver DMC, Kendrick Lamar Rap Lib + more

Posted by Billyjam, March 22, 2013 10:10am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip Hop Top Five Week Ending March 22: 2013


1) Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city (Aftermath)

2) Swollen Members Beautiful Death Machine (Suburban Noize)

3) The Demigodz KILLMatic (Dirty Version)

4) Murs & 9th Wonder The Final Adventure (It's A Wonderful World Music Group)

5) Souls Of Mischief '93 Til Infinity (Traffic reissue)

Some real good quality releases on the latest hip-hop chart from Amoeba Hollywood above including the brand new The Demigodz KILLMatic featuring such talents as the ever prolific member Apathy (more on him in videos below), the return of Canada's Swollen Members  with the brand new Beautiful Death Machine on Suburban Noize, and the recent (out a minute but still charting) collab from Murs & 9th Wonder The Final Adventure on It's A Wonderful World Music Group which note will be their fifth and final collaborative effort. Too bad as these guys have a great chemistry together.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 07.27.12: Aesop Rock, Nas, Masta Ace & MF DOOM + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 27, 2012 01:01am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Wk ending 07:27:12

1)  Aesop Rock Skelethon (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

By far the current bestselling hip-hop title in the store is this new self-produced solo album from Aesop Rock, which really shines a spotlight on the man’s originality and talents. This one is possibly his strongest offering to date, with superb production
that really matches his vocals and carves a niche in hip hop that is all his own. One  listen through this, and my immediate thought was “no other person in hip hop makes  music that sounds like this.” Support brilliant original music and pick this up!

Skelethon is available from Amoeba in both CD format and album/LP format.





2) Nas Life is Good (Def Jam)

The latest from [Nasty] Nas is more of what fans should expect from the man: some hot singles, raps about his daughters and his current state of mind, plus his signature voice and flow. Production credits include No I.D, Buckwild and Salaam Remi. This is grown
man rap music that reflects Nas’ life in an honest way that most mainstream artists steer away from. Cool stuff.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 07.20.12: Top 5, Psycho Realm, Aesop Rock, Nas, Public Enemy, Kyle Rapps, QBert + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 20, 2012 06:06am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 07:20:12


1) J Dilla Rebirth of Detroit (Yancey Music Group)

2) Psycho Realm Presents Sick Jacken & Cyni In Terror Tapes 2 (Mb Recordings)

3) Nicki Ninaj Pink Friday Roman Reloaded (Cash Money)

4) The Pharcyde Bizarre Ride II: The Pharcyde [Expanded Edition] (Delicious Vinyl)

5) Aesop Rock Skelethon (Rhyemsayers Ent.)

Thanks to Ray Ricky Rivera at the Hollywood Amoeba store for this latest Hip-Hop Top Five chart that includes such new or recent releases as J Dilla's posthumous, emcee guest heavy Rebirth of Detroit, Psycho Realm's Presents Sick Jacken & Cyni In Terror Tapes 2 - Sick Jacken with Street Platoon artist Cynik which is another, refreshingly hardcore rap presentation from the no-holds-barred Psycho Realm who never fail to disappoint (check out down below the party-hard video for the album track "I'm Gone" Recordings), and
Aesop Rock's Skelethon just released by Rhyemsayers Entertainment - his killer return that, as witnessed by the turnout & crowd reaction at his Amoeba San Francisco in-store earlier this week is a universally crowd favorite.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 07.13.12: Top 5, Aesop Rock, AeroSoul 3, Pharcyde, Darkest Before Dawn, Cut Chemist, Roach Gigz, + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 13, 2012 07:36am | Post a Comment

Aesop Rock "ZZZ Top" (2012)


Hip-Hop Top 5 Week ending 7/12/12


1) Aesop Rock Skelethon (Rhyemsayers Ent.)

2)  El-P Cancer4Cure (Fat Possum)

3) Killer Mike R.A.P. Music (Williams Street)

4) J Dilla Rebirth of Detroit (Yancey Music Group)

5) Azealia Banks 1991 EP (Interscope)

Like El-P, whose Cancer4Cure is his first album since 2007, another hip-hop artist who can patiently keep fans waiting five years before dropping a new album is Aesop Rock. And this week Aesop Rock, who used to be on El-P's currently on hiatus Def Jux label, returns triumphantly after half a decade between albums with a stellar new full-length: Skelethon on Rhymesayers Entertainment.. The album does not disappoint with powerful songs like "ZZZ Top" (video above), the opening “Leisureforce,” “Homemade Mummy,” and the lead single “Zero Dark Thirty.” With Aesop's usual barrage of intricate lyrics luckily the physical release comes with a lyrics sheet. Another new release this week is a re-release of an older hip-hop album: The Pharcyde's 1992 Bizarre Ride II: The Pharcyde [Expanded Edition] which differs from the original two-decade old classic in that it is a triple disc set with the original album in its entirety, plus two additional discs including instrumentals, remixes, and “B-cydes” plus really nice packaging that include some classic old photos of the legendary SoCal hip-hop crew and enlightening liner notes from producer J-Sw!ft.  And in honor of this most welcome reissue/extended set here is one of the great tracks from that hip-hop classic: "Passin' Me By,"

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Albums Picks, New Albums Out Today: Twin Shadow, Holograms, Aesop Rock and More

Posted by Billy Gil, July 10, 2012 01:01pm | Post a Comment
Album Picks:

Twin Shadow ConfessTwin Shadow – Confess
 
I must “confess” that I was a big old sucker for Twin Shadow’s first album. One of those “I’m wired to like it” kind of things. George Lewis Jr.’s second album has some of the same slow-motion bittersweet nostalgia thing that made the first album so great, but it also comes alive with a new romantic swagger that previously was just implied by the music. His songs have lost none of their immaculate detail, though. “Golden Light” is immediately memorable for its big chorus, with Lewis at the peak of his Phil Collins/Peter Gabriel style of throaty, emotive vocals, but the verses are impeccably put together, too. First single “Five Seconds” has the same sort of “Boys of Summer” rush that Forget’s “Slow” had, but it’s no cheap retread — it sounds taken apart and put back together, as Lewis unleashes his pipes at unexpected moments, and the whole thing has such a wonderful hushed tension that it’s enthralling throughout. Confess shows Lewis can really go for it pop-wise while still engaging listeners with layered songs and well-considered production choices.
 

hologramsHolograms – Holograms
 
Really great, ferocious stuff from Sweden’s Holograms. “Monoliths” plays its goth cards early, with foreboding riffs and similarly indignant vocals that seem to call out some impending tragedy, which comes in the form of the song’s second two-thirds, a straight-ahead rush of focused guitar energy punctuated by belted vocals. “Chasing My Mind” meanwhile has an almost comically simple and upfront synth riff that the band then undermines with its weird yelp vocals and riffery — which comes out an improbably perfect concoction. Seems like this year’s Iceage. More European post-hardcore, please.

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