Amoeba Music Berkeley Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 06:04:10
1) Nas + Damian Marley Distant Relatives (Republic)
2) Reflection Eternal Revolutions Per Minute (Blacksmith/Rawkus/Warner Brothers)
3) Madlib Madlib Medicine Show #5-History of the Loop Digga-1990-2000 (Stones Throw)
4) Andre Nickatina Khan! The Me Generation (I-Khan Dist)
5) Devin The Dude Suite 420 (Koch)
Thanks to Inti at the Berkeley Amoeba Music store for this week's Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart. It picks up where last week's San Francisco Amoeba chart left off, with continued Amoeba love being shown for LA producer extraordinaire Madlib and his ongoing twelve-part Medicine Show series, the hip-hop super-duo Reflection Eternal (producer Hi-Tek and emcee Talib Kweli), who had a memorable instore performance at Amoeba San Francisco May 24th, and the ground-breaking new Distant Relatives project, which is number one for the second straight week on the Amoeba hip-hop charts. Packed with an uplifting message of empowerment and clearly a work of activism through music, the son of Bob Marley, Jamaica's Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, and the son of jazz musician Olu Dara Jones and hip-hop icon in his own right, Nas, join creative forces with pitch perfect results. Distant Relatives, which can be bought online from Amoeba at a reduced cost, is a reggae meets hip-hop album that never sounds forced. A project that undoubtedly will be raved about for a some time to come, Distant Relatives tackles pertinent issues about the continent of Africa. What is most impressive, though, is that the two artists manage to do so in a forcefully coherent but never overbearing way.