This coming Friday, November 27th, is a big day at Amoeba with another post-Thanksgiving Record Store Day (RSD) on its way. With it comes exclusive releases that span all genres including some really nice hip-hop worth getting. Most of these releases are small run pressings exclusive for RSD at indies stores like Amoeba Music. The growing number of avid hip-hop 45's collectors will be more than pleased with the new seven inch hip-hop pressings that will be available on RSD. Included is a 7" unique pressing of “Egypt, Egypt” b/w “Girls” from friends of Amoeba The Egyptian Lover and Stones Throw Records. Greg Broussard (aka The Egyptian Lover), who earlier this month played both Hollywood and San Francisco Amoeba in-stores in support of his brand new album 1984, said in a pre-instore Amoeblog interview that he will be releasing his anticipated Anthology via Stones Throw next year. It is sure to be a goodie as Peanut Butter Wolf's Stones Throw label never disappoints with its packaging and presentation. This Friday's RSD 7" is proof of this. The limited edition vinyl is described as 7” die-cut “pyramid” shaped white vinyl. Regal pop-up packaging with folding magnetic panels creates a 4-sided, 3-dimensional pyramid.
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: Week Ending 05:30:141) The Roots ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin (Def Jam)
(also available in LP)
2) Blu Good To Be Home (Nature Sounds/Universal)
3) People Under The Stairs 12 Step Program (also avail in LP) (Piecelock 70)
4) The Fugees Score (Music On Vinyl)
5) Atmosphere Southsiders (also avail in LP) (Rhymesayers Entertainment)
In addition to the two new albums on last week's chart - 12 Step Program (also avail in LP) from longtime LA rap duo People Under the Stairs (PUTS) and fellow longtime indie hip-hop duo Atmosphere's Southsiders (also avail in LP) - new hip-hop albums this week include both Blu's Good To Be Home and this week's number one; The Roots ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. This new album, also available in LP format, is the eleventh studio album in 21 years from the Philly formed crew who in more recent years gained mainstream acceptance as Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show band. The on point Amoeba review of.... Shoot Your Cousin suggests that the new album, the first since 2011's Undun, comes at a much needed point in the Roots' highly public profile to "the band, once more often noted for their musicianship, emcee skills and social consciousness rather than for being Jimmy Fallon’s house band," to help them reestablish their street cred, and concluding that, "We’ll let The Roots keep their day job, as long as they come back every so often with an album as cool as this one." Clocking in a modest 33 minutes, the ten (technically eleven) track album opens with a song from the late great Nina Simone ("Theme From The Middle Of The Night") and includes such tracks as the lead single "When the People Cheer" (scroll down to see video below). The other chart entry this week is the recently reissued on vinyl from The Fugees Score.
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: Week Ending 05:23:141) People Under The Stairs 12 Step Program (also avail in LP) (Piecelock 70)
2) Atmosphere Southsiders (also avail in LP) (Rhymesayers Entertainment)
3) Iggy Azelea The New Classic (Island/Def Jam)
4) Tyler, The Creator Wolf (Columbia)
5) MF Doom Mm...Food? (Rhymesayers)
Released earlier this month is the brand new album 12 Step Program (also avail in LP) from longtime LA rap duo People Under the Stairs (PUTS) that has shot straight to number one on the new hip-hop chart this week in their hometown Amoeba. It is the ninth album from the talented pair, comprised of Double K and Thes One, of whom Amoeba.com wrote in the new album review, "The PUTS are aging like the luxury items they are, becoming better and more valuable with age, forever giving the impression that their most fruitful period is always the current one." I concur and for further proof scroll down to see a video clip from the new 12 track 12 Step Program. Similarly the number two new chart entry is from another longtime indie hip-hop act duo Atmosphere. Of this new release from the emcee/production duo of Slug and Ant Amoeba.com accurately writes, "Slug brings that same honesty to his raps about getting older and wiser on Southsiders, a kind of refocusing for Atmosphere. Rather than try to recapture the fury of Atmosphere’s youthful early albums, Slug portrays a newfound ability to look outward and upward here." Agreed and the album, a 20 song set, deserves repeated listens to fully absorb all he has to say. Read the full review here.
The organizers of the 2012 Rock The Bells summer festival series have just announced some new additions to this year's stops on the traveling three city, 2-day hip-hop fest. These include DMX (left) and Eve who have now been added to the Bay Area stop, August 25 & 26 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, and Slaughterhouse, French Montana + Red Café, Chief Keef, and Tinie Tempah all been added to the sole East Coast date at Holmdel New Jersey on September 1st & 2nd. Meanwhile for the opening festival tour dates, August 18th and 19th, at the San Bernardino NOS Events Center, the star-studded line-up will now include KRS-One, Xzibit, Hieroglyphics, El-P, Killer Mike, Kid Ink, Machine Gun Kelly, Casey Veggies, I Self Devine, Chief Keef, and Slim da Mobster. The long list of artists for this tour, see flyer down below, also include such acts as Nas, Rza, Slick Rick, Salt N Pepa, Atmosphere, Mix Master Mike, Wiz Khalifa, Kid Cudi, Asap Rocky and Action Bronson.
Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending June 18, 2011
1) Hail Mary Mallon Are You Gonna Eat That? (Rhymesayers)
Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz top the charts this week with their deservedly popular collabo, which combines their abrasive Def Jux aesthetic with some fun party vibes.
Hail Mary Mallon represents some of Aesop Rock’s strongest material in a minute, and really showcases his talents as a producer through some neck-snapping beats. Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic have got great vocal chemistry, and are local SF-dwellers these days as well. Worth peeping!
2) Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 (Capitol)
The Beastie Boys continue to prove that they’re one of the most universally popular groups in hip hop by coming in second this week after a long run of topping the charts.
Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 is a return to form from To the 5 Burroughs that proves that you can still record a grimy sounding album on a million dollar budget. The sort of raw, playful rap music you’ve come to expect from these guys.