Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: 10:30:09
1) Jay-Z Blueprint 3 (Roc Nation/Atlantic)
2) Fashawn Boy Meets World (Loud)
3) Sean Price Kimbo Price (Vision Mktg)
4) Del the Funky Homosapien & Tame One Parallel Uni-Verses (Gold Dust Media)
5) Sene & Blu A Day Late & A Dollar Short (Shaman Work)
Clearly Jay-Z is the king of the world, or at least of hip-hop right now. Not only is the phenomenally successful and popular artist number one (still) on the Amoeba Music chart with Blueprint 3, an album that came out almost two full months ago, and one that is doing equally well elsewhere, but last night Jay-Z along with Alicia Keys wowed the baseball world with a moving four minute performance of "Empire State Of Mind" (video above) during the World Series at Yankee Stadium. As a diehard, decades long fan & supporter of hip-hop music and culture from back when the genre was still being dismissed as a "passing fad," I found last night's well received performance another wonderful bit of validation and endorsement of a music form that I love and respect so much. In fact, so moving was last night's performance that it no doubt inspired the Yankees achieve their 3-1 win against the Phillies, which puts them at a tie, in this second game of the Series, which shifts to Philadelphia over the next three games, starting tomorrow, Saturday.