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).