MURS What's In My Bag? (2012)
MURS What's In My Bag? (2012)
El-P "Stay Down (feat Nick Diamonds)" live on Letterman last week (May 2012)
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top 5 : Week Ending May 5th, 2012
1) El-P Cancer4Cure (Fat Possum)
2) Psycho Realm Presents Sick Jacken & Cyni In Terror Tapes 2 (MB Recordings)
3) Killer MIke R.A.P. Music (William Street)
4) House Shoes Time EP (Tres Records)
5) Odd Future The Of Tape Vol. 2 (Odd Future)
Lots of great new releases on the brand new Amoeba Hip-Hop Top Five chart from the Hollywood Amoeba store this week including in the number one slot El-P's welcome return, after 5 years with no new releases, with his all killer, twelve track album Cancer4Cure (aka C4C which is avail in both CD and LP formats) via the Fat Possum record company (he folded his Def Jux record label a while back). The Amoeba website store calls this latest El-P release "his strongest work since his debut, Fantastic Damage" and praising the supertalented East Coast producer/emcee for sounding "as energized as he did on that decade-old debut, matching Killer Mike (whose own excellent R.A.P. Music also recently came out and was produced by El-P) rhyme for rhyme on standout “Tougher Colder Killer,” also featuring fellow Def Jux alumnus Despot."
Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Weekly Top Ten c/o Luis: 09:25:09
1) Brother Ali Us (Rhymesayers)
2) Andy Allo UnFresh (Allo Records)
3) Peanut Butter Wolf 45 Live (Stones Throw)
4) John Forte StyleFREE: The EP (Theory 7)
5) V/A Definitive Jux Presents 4 (Def Jux)
6) Blue Scholars Bayani Redux (Duck Down)
7) Trick Daddy Finally Famous: Born a Thug, Still a Thug (Dunk Ryder Records)
8) Lil Boosie Superbad: The Return of Boosie Bad Azz (Asylum Records)
9) Cage Movies for the Blind (High Times Records)
10) Beastie Boys Hello Nasty (Capitol)
Super special thanks to the ever knowledgable Luis @ the hip-hop department of Amoeba Music San Francisco for always being so down to supply the Amoeblog with up to the moment news on what's popping at the SF store, new music- wise. For the second week in a row Luis has provided us with a Top Ten due to the wealth of releases (both new and reissues) dropping recently. Above you can see the chart in video and text forms, while below are a series of videos by several of the artists in this latest Top Ten chart.
Super unique & talented, albeit generally slept-on, longtime San Francisco emcee Z-Man flew out to New York City last week to do a couple of gigs including opening for the Alkaholiks at the Knitting Factory last Thursday (4/10) when the Gurp City former 99th Demention emcee, down with the Hieros, totally wrecked it on the mic (pictured left), much to the delight of the numerous San Fran transplants in the NYC audience that night, proudly representing in their SF Giants gear (no doubt they showed up to see both Z-Man and the other SF rapper on the bill Starski who is on the current LIKS tour).
Z-Man, as well as pleasing fans, managed to convert many East Coast-ers unfamiliar to Z-Dazzle's fluency in the Bay Area spun Gurp City** slanguage (word billy) for a tight set that included his song "OJ Simpson & Courtney Love." A great set, with DJ Thanksgiving Brown ably backing up the MC, from a true lyrical talent who I rate up there with E40 and the late Mac Dre when it comes to being a truly creative wordsmith, creating new words and always telling stories in a most engaging way -- a far cry from the usual tired clichés that pass as rap/hop-hop these days. For proof, pick up his CD "Dope or Dog Food" (Refill/Hiero - 2002) or any of the other releases of his available at Amoeba including his "Z-Mutiny" 12" vinyl release. Z-Man never disappoints.