A nice batch of UK collectibles have just hit the wall at the Hollywood store. Whether you're looking for some scarce twee, a post-punk classic, shoegaze rarities or something in between, we've got a little bit of Anglophile heaven perched high above the goth section, just to the left of the jazz room entrance.
Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Ten: 11:27:09
1) FELT FELT 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez (Rhymesayers)
2) Rakim The Seventh Seal (Ra Records)
3) Gift of Gab Escape 2 Mars (Cornerstone/RAS)
4) Edan Echo Party (Traffic Entertainment)
5) Cellski Chef Boy Cellski: Culinary Arts Institutiion (Inner City 2k)
6) Messy Marv Draped Up and Chipped Out Vol 4 (Click Clack Records)
7) Sean Price Kimbo Price (Vision Mktg)
8) Fatgums X Bambu ...A Peaceful Riot (Gamma Gums Music/Beat Rock)
9) Wale Attention Deficit (Interscope Records/Allido Records)
10) OC & AG Oasis (Nature Sounds)
Thanks for this Thanksgiving week's Hip-Hop Top Ten chart go out to Luis at Amoeba Music San Francisco, where the number one new release is the highly recommended, Aesop Rock produced third release in the FELT series (featuring Slug of Atmosphere & Murs of Living Legends), FELT 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez, which was written about here when it was number two on last week's hip-hop chart at Amoeba Berkeley. And this week's number two comes from perhaps the most influential and respected (particularly by other artists) hip-hop emcee of all time, Rakim, who has just released his latest solo album The Seventh Seal. As immediately proven by the album's Rakim as Grim Reaper cover art, The Seventh Seal takes its title from the dark 1957 classic film of the same name by Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. In the movie, a medieval knight confronts the meaning of life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess with the personification of Death -- the Grim Reaper.
Amoeba Music Berkeley Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five: 11:20:09
1) Wale Attention Deficit (Interscope Records/Allido Records)
2) FELT FELT 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez (Rhymesayers)
3) Wu-Tang Meet the Indie Culture, Vol. 2: Enter The Dubstep... (Ihiphop Distribution)
4) Gift of Gab Escape 2 Mars (Cornerstone/RAS)
5) Wyclef Jean From The Hut, To The Projects To The Mansion (R.E.D. Distribution)
It may seem like Washington DC rapper Wale has been around for quite a while already and that he should be up to his third or at least second album by now, but in actuality the justifiably hyped emcee is only just now releasing his debut, Attention Deficit on Allido via Interscope. The album has been much anticipated and has numerous big name collaborators (particularly production), including Mark Ronson, Cool & Dre, The Neptunes, 9th Wonder, and Green Lantern, and Lady Gaga, who lends her MIA inflected vocals to the single "Chillin" (already out many months and a big hit -- see video below), which seems to be everyone's favorite new hip-hop release. Since it dropped last week, Attention Deficit has been selling really well everywhere, including at the Berkeley Amoeba Music store, where it shot to number one with a bullet on the latest Weekly Hip-Hop chart. The album, which distinctly packs much crossover appeal, features Wale tackling many topics, including feelings of insecurity ("Contemplate"), the trials & tribulations of the everyday grind for a hard working rapper ("World Tour" featuring Jazmine Sullivan -- another already released single, one that revisits A Tribe Called Quest's song of the same name), and the reality of reality shows ("TV in the Radio").
Funny how time flies by. Already it is eleven long hip-hop years since Minneapolis, Minnesota hip-hop duo Atmosphere, comprised of producer Ant and emcee Slug (L-R in photo left), responsible for putting the Twin Cities firmly on the hip-hop map, dropped their debut album, 1997's Overcast!.
Last Tuesday they dropped their fifth studio album (and finest release to date): When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold on Rhymesayers Entertainment.
As you can imagine with this brand new album just dropping, both members of Atmosphere are pretty busy, caught up in their current tour which hits LA and San Francisco next week. They will stay that way for much of the year as they promote this new release. But in the past few days I had the opportunity to catch up with Slug, via email, to ask him about hip-hop, the new album, the word on a future Felt (with MURS) album, and how it feels to be going strong eleven long hip-hop years later. Did he ever envision himself being where he is now in his career? "Ha. Yeah. I think our expiration date was somewhere in 2002 but I'm not complaining," he replied. "I'll keep going 'til I get fired or replaced by a younger stronger, more attractive idiot."
"Our approach musically was different. We wanted to find a bigger but more minimal sound for this album," he says of how When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold is unlike previous Atmosphere releases, adding that, "Lyrically, I wanted to write about other people's problems for once." The new 15 track album (avail in two different packaged CD versions) is rich in ever-engaging, flawed character driven, tales, many tackling the issues of parenthood, like "In Her Music Box" and "Shoulda Known." In the latter song Slug raps: