This long lost experimental album from Blu finally gets an official
release. The album No York! was originally supposed to be released by Warner Bros Records, but a change of staff got it lost in the woodwork and the project was eventually shelved. The album has been floating around as a bootleg for some time now, but this is an official fully mastered version of it that’s sure to satisfy Blu fans worldwide. Features production from Exile, Flying Lotus, Samiyam, Daedelus, Dibia$e and more. Get it!
Joe Budden the popular Jersey City, New Jersey rapper, who is known for both his solo work as well as being a member of rap supergroup Slaughterhouse, and to some as a part on the VH1 TV show Love & Hip-Hop: New York, released his brand new album No Love Lost on Entertainment One this week which is in the top slot of the latest Amoeba Music hip-hop chart. Other new and recent releases in this new top five include the eternally popular Kendrick LamarGood Kid M.A.A.D City (Aftermath), the latest from Cali hip-hopper Fashawn's Champagne & Styrofoam Cups on Fat Beats/Dirty Science, and A$AP Rocky whose successful new albumLong.Live. A$AP was somewhat bittersweet since on the eve of its release his always supportive father suddenly dropped dead. Also charting is the new long-awaited album from Dead Prez (Information Age) - more on it below along with such other items as BPos' alternate ending to last weekend's Super Bowl XLVII and Amoeba Berkeley's E-Lit's picks of new releases for this month.
4) Moe Pope & RainLet The Right Ones In (Brick Records)
5) Oh No Disrupted Ads (Cash Rock Entertainment)
Once again this week thanks are in order to the ever knowledgeable E-Lit for taking time out to chop it up with the Amoeblog in the video above to do a run down on some of the new hip-hop releases arriving (and soon to arrive) into the Berkeley Amoeba store, and also for supplying the current Amoeba Top Five Hip-Hop Chart - also above. This new hip-hop chart includes the welcome return of Dead Prez and more of their politicized hip-hop on the duo's brand new (released Tuesday) album Information Age on Varese Sarabande. Scroll down below to see a video from Dead Prez ("No Way As The Way") as well as such others as an audio only from the new chart entrant Fashawn, and the brand new video from Chi-Ali x Livin Proof x Maffew Ragazino "Better Known As NYC" that was recorded in the studio and just got published today.
Rap may have a bad rap for being negative but there are lots of positive raps out there including ones about diet and healthy living: the latest of which is the song/video above - "80 Bites" by Sam Stomach in which the cartoon character encourages healthy eating habits while wisely suggesting limiting ones intake to the amount of bites on a daily basis. "80 Bites, 80 Bites, 80 Bites" repeats Sam in his advice rap on only eating 80 bites of food throughout the day, and thereby retraining your stomach container to return to its original size which in turn will lead to fewer cravings for food / calories. "Puff said it's all about the Benjamins. He was wrong. It's all about the bites my friend," raps Sam who disses most diets. However he instead encourages downloading the "80 Bites" App and signing up for the new diet (at a $50 membership no less!). So really the video/song is just an ad. But still it's coming from a good place and it got me thinking about hip-hop and healthy eating. Beyond movements like the kids oriented Healthy Hip-Hop organization and individuals like "The Hip-Hop Chef - Cooking Tyrone" who cross-pollinate hip-hop with cooking and who endorses vegan diet and healthy cooking/living, there are numerous hip-hop tracks that rap about diet.