Jamoeblog Top Ten: 11:04:08
1) Azeem "Going Dumb vs. Going To Brazil" (Oaklyn)
2) Paris "Get Fired Up" (Guerrilla Funk)
3) East Coast Avengers "The Day That Hope Died" (Brick Records)
4) The Mighty Underdogs "Warwalk" (Definitive Jux)
5) Jurassic 5 "Gotta Understand (Bean One Remix)" (BOMB Hip-Hop)
6) Dirt Nasty "1980" (BOMB Hip-Hop)
7) Madlib feat Prince Po "The Thang Thang" (Rapster)
8) Blueprint "Sacred" (Rhymesayers)
9) Hu$tle Simmons "Over and Out (feat. Buff 1)" (Break Bread Projects)
10) NaS "Black President" (Def Jam)
The number one entry on this week's Jameoblog Top Ten (a subjective, song oriented chart) is the funky and funny "Going Dumb vs. Going To Brazil" by Azeem off the always edgy Oakland emcee's recommended brand new album Air Cartoons on Oaklyn Records (cover by Ezra Li Eismont -- scroll down to see his Oaklyn speed painting video). On one level the song "Going Dumb..." is an ode to "the town" (Oakland) but on another it caps on the short-sighted shallowness of many fellow dwellers of Azeem's in this East Bay city where hyphy culture still rules. In the Anas Cannon produced song, Azeem pokes fun at "that dude that ghost-rided and ran over himself" as well as those who just "wanna swerve thru the town high on pills." Meanwhile, the artist's idea of real fun is heading south to the beaches of Brazil and not acting "dumb." The fourteen track album features lots of great producers complimenting the former Spearhead member's lyrical flow, including DJ Zeph, DNAE Beats, Meat Beat Manifesto, DJ Spin, DJ Aneurysm, Mark Pistel, and Kontroversy 396. And scratch fans will be happy to hear both DJ Quest and Z-Trip add some sick cuts on a few album tracks.
The number three entry is the incendiary "The Day Hope Died" from the thought-provoking, ever confrontational East Coast Avengers (ECA) whose recent single/video "Kill Bill O'Reilly" caused some controversy with its over the top lyrics that suggest murdering the notorious FOX News host. In fact, it was so extreme in its lyrics that even longtime BIll O foe Keith Olbermann of MSNBC condemned the song (scroll down to see video clip below). Boston's ECA, who cite Public Enemy, Paris, and the Dead Kennedys among their influences, is the trio of Esoteric (of 7L & Esoteric, The Army of the Pharoahs), trademarc and DC the Midi Alien. They recently dropped the album Prison Planet, on which they lash out at numerous deserved political and media targets.