Thanks to Ray Ricky Rivera at the Hollywood Amoeba store for this week's hip-hop top five chart which, you will notice upon closer examination, features exclusively acts from the SoCal store's surrounding area. As Rivera has told me in the past LA area customers have traditionally been highly supportive of their homegrown hip-hop talent. This week those talents include the LA producer/emcee Evidence who first came to fame as part of Dilated Peoples and who recently connected with the respected Mid West Rhymesayers Entertainment label who have released his highly recommended new Cats & Dogs album. LA's Murs, the Living Legends star who for a time lived in the Bay Area, is getting positive feedback all over for his latest release - a collab with Ski Beatz, Love & Rockets Vol. 1: The Transformation including down in New Orleans where, just before the album's October 11th release date, he did a unique promo for the new release on DD172 as seen in video clip below.
Thanks for this week's Amoeba Hollywood hip-hop chart go to hip-hop recording artist & recent dad Ray Ricky Rivera (aka RRR) who really looks quite well rested (as you can see in above video) despite his sleep patterns been drastically altered of late -ever since he and his wife Lily had their young son Diego born a little over two months ago. Again congrats man! As RRR mentions the number one album at Amoeba, which is also the number one top selling album (of all genres) in the country this week, is the brand new J. Cole album Cole World: The Sideline Story on Roc Nation. In close second is supertalented LA hip-hop artist Evidence who came to fame as part of Dilated Peoples and is now down with the revered Rhymesayers crew with whom he was touring recently and who just released his recommended new album Cats And Dogswhich also comes in a vinyl format. Another LA hip-hop treasure, Madlib, is among the other entrants in this week's Top Five (with Medicine Show #12) which is rounded out by releases from both 9th Wonder (The Wonder Years) and Blu (Open).
Thanks to Luis at the Amoeba Music San Francisco store for the latest Top 5 Hip-Hop chart which features tons of nice brand new stuff including the latest from Madlib No.12-Raw Medicine-Madlib Remixes. Below is an audio snippet from the Stones Throw release featuring both Doom and Dilla. Also below is an album snippet sampler of J-Cole's new Cole World album plus an audio track from the unstoppable Blu's latest release Open; the track "Part Time Suckers" with Chop and Fresh Daily. Also featured below are videos from Das Racist's Relax and also from another new Amoeba chart entrant Evidence - the DJ Premier produced track "You" off his recommended new Rhymesayers release Cats & Dogs.
Madlib feat. Doom & Dilla (2011)
Completing the twelve-part Madlib Medicine Show series from a year ago, Madlib serves up a mix of many things here in a release that Stones Throw calls "part mixtape, part beat tape, featuring a host of un-suspecting collaborators that run the gamut from thugs, street poets, star emcees and underdogs."
Sampler ofJ. Cole'sCole World: The Sideline Story
New album from J.Cole on Roc Nation featuring snippets of all tracks including: 1) Intro 2) Dollar and a Dream III 3) Can't Get Enough ft. Trey Songz 4) Lights Please 5) Interlude 6) Sideline Story 7) Mr. Nice Watch ft. Jay-Z 8) Cold World 9) In The Morning ft. Drake 10) Lost Ones 11) Nobody's Perfect ft. Missy Elliott 12) Never Told 13) Rise and Shine 14) God's Gift 15) Breakdown 16) Work Out
Wow! What a Record Store Day 2011 at Amoeba Music! And there's still a couple of hours left. "Today has been a total and complete success. Totally awesome and insane and busy. I haven't seen anything like this before in the nine years I've worked here. It certainly seems like the biggest Record Store Day we've had, Xmas-style busy all day," said Rachael from the Hollywood Amoeba at 6:30pm this evening, when things had slowed down a bit but by no means come to a close for RSD 2011.
The same was also true for both the Berkeley and San Francisco Amoebas, where people in line earlier today included such folks as the guys from SAVE KUSF and musician Jeff Glave, who was interviewed by Audra (see video below).
At each store Amoeba shoppers lined up outside from hours before opening this morning, jockeying a spot in line to cop some of the approximately 300 exclusive and rare RSD 2011 releases. What set this year's RSD apart from previous years was not just the volume of releases but the musical diversity that appealed to a broad cross-section of Amoeba customers.
Since it was launched just three short years ago, Record Store Day (RSD) has grown by leaps and bounds in terms of both record stores and record labels participating. Beginning in 2008 the first RSD tallied 300 independent record stores across the US, including all three Amoeba Musics, among its retail participants. Back then the number of exclusive RSD 2008 releases amounted to a total of ten special edition records being released. Fast forward to this year and the number of special RSD 2011 releases was approximately 300 with approximately 1500 record stores participating -- and no longer confined to the US. There are now RSD-rocking stores in 20 countries overseas, too, in Europe, Japan, and Australia. In each of those countries today, as well as here at the three Amoeba stores, it was the special RSD 2011 releases that seemed to be the main attraction for attendees.