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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Logic, DJ Quik, Blu, YG, Diabolic

Posted by Billyjam, November 14, 2014 05:04am | Post a Comment
Top Five Hip-Hop Chart for Week Ending 11:14:14


1) DJ Quik The Midnight Life (Mad Science)

2) Logic  Under Pressure (Def Jam) also avail as LP

3) Diabolic Fightin' Words (WarHorse Records) - also avail as LP

4) YG My Krazy Life (Def Jam)

5) Blu Good To Be Home (Universal) also avail as LP

The above top five chart from the Hollywood Amoeba Music store reflects the top sellers of the past week which are not always necessarily new releases. Case in point are both YG's My Krazy Life from March of this year, and (to a degree) the Blu album Good To Be Home featuring production by Bombay and not by Exile this time - with whom their previously released collaborative Below The Heavens LP continues to sell well. The Blu chart entry originally came out six months ago via the indie Nature Sounds (who along with Fat Beats issued the LP version of the full-length) but has now been re-released by Universal. Have not heard the Universal version but hopefully the major label remastered the original which most agree was "shitty" sounding - and I quote countless fans of the artist himself as stating this. And the super gifted LA emcee has lots of fans - especially in his hometown where he always gets a lot of love.

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Top "What's In My Bag?" Episodes of 2012

Posted by Rachael McGovern, December 19, 2012 04:48pm | Post a Comment

WIMBTrying to narrow down my favorite 2012 "What's In My Bag?" videos is a little bit like asking me to choose my favorite children. Each one is special and unique in its own way. But 'tis the season of "Best Of" lists, so here is my attempt at naming the top WIMBs from 2012, listed according to date posted because, really, picking 10 was hard enough.

 

 

 

 

Peanut Butter Wolf - January 3, 2012

We kicked off 2012 with a monster of a WIMB featuring DJ, producer, Stones Throw founder and Amoeba regular Peanut Butter Wolf, who had so many items he renamed the episode "What's In My Boxes." Missed some of his selections? Check out his full list here.

 

John Flansburgh - March 5, 2012

The guitarist and co-founder of They Might Be Giants, John Flansburgh, did a "show and tell" at Amoeba Hollywood, selecting reissues by The Zombies, Blossom Dearie, and The Hollies, plus California funk by Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Band. After posting the video, we found out that half of John's picks from this Amoeba trip, and other records he'd picked up while on tour, were unfortunately burned in a trailer fire. See John's full list of picks here.

 

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Longtime West Coast Rapper Suga Free Releases Career Spanning Best Of Collection This Week

Posted by Billyjam, September 14, 2011 06:02pm | Post a Comment
Longtime West Coast rapper Suga Free, who was raised in Compton by way of Oakland before becoming based in Pomona, CA, this week released a best-of collection CD titled Why U Still Bullshittin’?-The Best of Suga Free on Suburban Noize/Laneway Records. Suga Free, whose claim to street fame is that he is a pimp (hence his tag "The Ponoma Pimp"), officially began his career in rapping working with producer DJ Quik on his 1997 debut album, Street Gospel with Quik even making mic cameos on the songs "Don't No Suckaz Live Here" and "If U Stay Ready" - the latter of which appears on this new retrospective collection.

In addition to working with DJ Quik (who was at Amoeba Hollywood earlier this year), Suga Free has also worked closely with other SoCal rap icons. These include Snoop Dogg  and Xzibit for whom he contributed to his album Restless. All of this company aided the already talented, albeit nasty mouthed artist, gain solo notoriety. It was in 2004 when he released his sophomore release The New Testament (The Truth) which was followed by a string of other albums by Suga Free including his 2006 album Just Add Water, 2007’s Sunday School, 2008’s Smell My Finger, and 2009's HI Power Pimpin.  Last year the artist was featured on tracks with Kurupt, E-40, MURS and 9th Wonder. The retrospective released this week overviews the best of these releases by the artist including his street classics “Why U Bullshittin’?” and “I’d Rather Give You My Bitch.” But the 14 track CD also includes two brand new tracks “Shit Yeah” and “Bitch (featuring Moosei)." Why U Still Bullshittin’?-The Best of Suga Free is now available at Amoeba Music and if you buy it online at Amoeba.com the $12.98 CD ships for free anywhere in the US.

Hip-Hop Rap Up 04:29:11: Atmosphere, Blueprint, Del, Blu, DJ Quik, Neila, Zion I & The Grouch, Sneakas, DMC 2011 + More

Posted by Billyjam, April 29, 2011 06:06am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 04:29:11


1) Atmosphere The Family Sign CD (Rhymesayers)

The new album from the most successful band in indie rap music expands upon the sound that they built with their live band on "To All My Friends/Blood Makes the Blade Holy.” The result? The Family Sign: A series of daring and memorable songs that take their musicianship to the next level.

These guys have built their fan base from the ground up through years of constant touring, so it's always nice to see them getting the support they rightfully deserve.






2) Del Tha Funky Homosapien Golden Era CD (Council)

Bay Area favorite Del’s new album is probably the best deal you’ll get on a hip hop CD in 2011. The package contains three full length CDs for the price of one, setting Del’s brand new unreleased recording Golden Era next to two albums previously only available in digital formats, Automatik Statik and Funk Man. The two free albums you get in the package are solid in their own right, and Golden Era continues the tradition of quality that Heiroglyphics fans have come to know Del for.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 04:22:11: DJ Quik, Snoop, E-40, Wiz Khalifa, Blueprint, Lyrics Born, Equipto & Mike Marshall + More

Posted by Billyjam, April 22, 2011 06:28am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 04:22:11


1) DJ Quik The Book Of David (Mad Science Records)

2) Snoop Dogg Doggumentary (Priority) 

3) E-40 Revenue Retrievin: Overtime Shift (EMI)
 
    E-40 Revenue Retrivin': Graveyard Shift (EMI) 

4) Wiz Khalifa Rolling Papers (Atlantic)

5) Blueprint Adventures in Counter-Culture (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

Thanks to Marques at Amoeba Hollywood for this week's Hip-Hop Top Five, which features the brand new release from LA hip-hop legend and friend of Amoeba DJ Quik. His album The Book Of David on Mad Science is the artist's eighth studio album in 20 years. It was released on Tuesday this week (4/19) and the following day (4/20) the long time SoCal rapper/producer had an extremely well attended Amoeba Hollywood instore album signing party. At 7:30pm on Wednesday Marques reported that -- an hour and a half into the signing -- there were still "A lot of people...here waiting to meet Quik and get their CDs signed. He's cool," he said adding, "Looks like we are selling out of it [The Book Of David]." Indeed, and hence the new CD shot to the top of the latest Amoeba hip-hop chart. 

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