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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 06.07.13: Digable Planets , Ugly Horses, Kendrick Lamar, Aceyalone, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Posted by Billyjam, June 7, 2013 08:48am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending June 7th, 2013


1) Digable Planets Blowout Comb LP  (Modern Classics)

2) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The Heist (Macklemore LLC)

3) Ugly Heroes Ugly Heroes (Mello Music/Fat Beats)

4) Aceyalone Leanin' On Slick (Decon)

5) Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City CD (Aftermath)

In case you did a double take on the new number one album and its corresponding cover art image in the latest hip-hop chart from Amoeba Hollywood, yes that is the same 1994 album from jazz hip-hop trio Digable Planets who broke up a year after the release of this sophomore release of theirs. The current Amoeba album chart entry version of Blowout Comb is a new vinyl only 2LP set (originally released by Pendulum/EMI Records) from Modern Classics which is a part of Light in the Attic Records - the Seattle based reissue label that is tight with Amoeba Music (their road trips from Seattle down the West Coast always stop into Amoeba where their quality releases are stocked). Coincidentally Seattle is also the home of Ishmael "Palaceer Lazaro" Butler of Shabazz Palaces who formerly recorded/performed  under his "Butterfly" moniker. That was when he had teamed up with Mary Ann "Ladybug Mecca" Vieira and Craig "Doodlebug" Irving as the short-lived but influential Digable Planets who were based out of Brooklyn, NY two decades ago. They also heavily identified with the NYC borough as is evident throughout this incredible reissued album of theirs - check out the video below of the album track and single (the group's third) "9th Wonder (Blackitolism)" with all the great shots of BK. (Also note that the graffiti-ed  subway and street images also marked the end of the "old New York City" the city would experience a dramatic makeover under new Mayor Rudy Giuliani who got into office that same year and would soon after begin to gradually transform the whole city).

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 05:27:11: Tyler the Creator, Beastie Boys, Blu & Exile, RZA & WU, Mobb Deep, Skratchpad, DaVinci, Digable Planets

Posted by Billyjam, May 27, 2011 09:26am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 05:27:11
 


1) Blu & Exile Below The Heavens Re-Issue (Sound In Color)

2) Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (Capitol)

3) Tyler the Creator Goblin (XL Recordings)

4) Blu Her Favorite Colo(u)r (Nature Sounds)

5) Neek The Exotic Still On The Hustle (Fatbeats)

Two of the top five on this week's hip-hop chart are from LA emcee / producer Blu and both new chart entries are actually reissues from the artist, who is now signed to Warner Brothers and busy working on his major label debut, due out later this year. The 30 minute remastered Her Favorite Colo(u)r, care of Brooklyn's Nature Sounds, was formerly a free mixtape, and is now being released officially for the first time. The other is a reissue of the long out of print acclaimed collaboration of Blu with Exile, Below The Heavens. This 2007 release was the artist's first full length album and was widely acclaimed by many as one of the best hip-hop albums not just of its year but of the decade. In fact, so in demand was the album that since it went out-of-print, much sought after copies sold on eBay for $100 to $200 a pop. Obviously, the new reissue is considerably cheaper, but be forewarned, it is a limited edition pressing, so get yours now before it's too late.  

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HIP-HOP HISTORY: TOP 30 RAP SINGLES CHART, FEB/MAR 1993

Posted by Billyjam, January 30, 2010 08:00pm | Post a Comment
Black Moon
The following Top 30 Hip-Hop Singles chart from February/March 1993, which was originally compiled and published by long defunct East Coast hip-hop zine One Nut Network, was put together based on rap singles' airplay on both college hip-hop radio shows and commercial radio mix shows at the time. The time was early 1993, considered by most as the tail end of hip-hop's much celebrated and oft lamented so-called "golden age" or "golden era," when, it seemed, every new hip-hop release was a noteworthy (and worth owning) release. And while that belief may not be 100% correct, it is, as the following chart indicates, pretty darn close to the truth.

By just eye-balling the 30 singles on the Feb/March 1993 chart below, many of which, including Black Moon, Dr Dre, Young Black Teenagers, and Ice Cube, got released towards the end of 1992 but still had airplay into the first quarter of 1993, you can tell a lot about the status of hip-hop at the time and where it stood in its historical development. For example, many of the acts most associated with the aforementioned "golden age" of hip-hop were represented here, including Kool G Rap ("Ill Street Blues"), Gang Starr ["Gotta Get Over (Taking Loot)"], Brand Nubian ("Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down"), Diamond D ("Sally Got A One Track Mind"), Naughty By Nature ("Hip Hop Hooray"), and Lords of the Underground ("Funky Child") -- each of which happened to be East Coast (NY or NJ) acts.

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