By Double Ay
October 17th brought trap music fans together to celebrate Gucci Mane's career on this year's 1017 day. With rappers and producers along the likes of Metro Boomin, 808 Mafia, Sonny Digital, Yung Gleesh, Ilovemakonnen, and many more all paying homage by dropping music or excessively posting #freegucci, this 10/17 day was quite a jubilant affair.
In 2007, Gucci Mane and rapper OJ Da Juiceman founded the record label 1017 Brick Squad. Trap God, Gucci Mane, has had the streets of Atlanta locked down for over a decade and brought trap music to the mainstream of the hip hop industry. With Gucci currently behind bars and still popping like he never left the streets, celebrating Guwop's legacy never felt more necessary.
Gucci has been serving his prison sentence for over a year and is expected to serve yet another. He is known for his unending work ethic, which has allowed him to stockpile tons on solid material ready to release from the joint. He has managed to keep a steady stream of releases with multiple mix tapes and albums. The Purple Album, The Green Album, The White Album, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Trapology, King Gucci, Trap House 5, Views from Zone 6, and more have all been released from the slammer and all riddled with hits.
By Double Ay
2) MellowHype Blackenedwhite
(Fat Possum Records)
3) Hassaan Mackey & Apollo Brown
Daily Bread (Mello Music Group)
4) Gucci Mane & Waka Flocka Flame
Ferrari Boyz (Warner Bros)
5) Beastie Boys
Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
The ever ubiquitous Odd Future is holding down the two top slots on the hip-hop chart at Amoeba Hollywood this week with Tyler the Creator's Goblin in the number one position and fellow Odd Future's MellowHype in close second with the reissue by the duo of last year's mixtape Blackenedwhite, which Fat Possum shrewdly remastered and repackaged for those who missed it first time round.
1) Pharoahe Monch W.A.R.(We Are Renegades) (W.A.R. Media/Duck Down Music)
2) Zion I & The Grouch are Heroes in the Healing of the Nation (Z&G Music)
3) Lupe Fiasco Lasers (Atlantic Recording Corp).
4) Far East Movement Free Wired (Cherrytree/Interscope Records)
5) Gucci Mane Return of Mr. Zone 6 (Warner Brothers)
Last week the recently released Pharoahe Monch album W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) was number three on the Amoeba chart. This week the powerful, highly recommended release by the longtime emcee & former member of legendary early 90's hip-hop crew Organized Konfusion, who is currently on tour in Europe (he plays Sommercasino in Basel, Switzerland tonight), has the number one selling hip-hop album at the Hollywood Amoeba. Thanks to Ray Ricky Rivera for the latest chart, which also includes Zion I & The Grouch's latest collab, Lupe Fiasco, Far East Movement, and Gucci Mane.
1) Eminem Recovery (Aftermath, Interscope, Shady)
2) Skyzoo & Illmind Live From The Tape Deck (Duck Down Music)
3) Black Milk Album of the Year (Fat Beats)
4) Waka Flocka Flame Flockaveli (So Icey Ent./Asylum Records)
5) Gucci Mane The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted (So Icey Ent./Asylum Records)
New releases on the latest hip-hop top five chart from the Hollywood Amoeba Music store include both Gucci Mane's third & latest (and best) album to date The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted and the anticipated debut from Mane's protege, Waka Flocka Flame, which surprisingly does not disappoint. Note this rapper's cameos to date had been kinda lackluster and the subject of much dissing on the Internet. (If you haven't heard it, check out the Shawt Bus Shawty parody that spoofs him, Gucci, etc.) Titled Flockaveli (no doubt in a nod to 2Pac's Makeveli), the 23 year old Waka Flocka Flame (known round the dinner table at home as Juaquin Malphurs) is part of the popular Atlanta based So Icey Boyz (signed to Gucci Mane's So Icey Entertainment) and also is a member of Gucci's Brick Squad. Waka appeared on Gucci Mane's last album, 2009's The State vs. Radric Davis. Also last year he created a buzz with his mixtape Shoot Me Or Salute Me. The title would prove to be darkly ironic considering that the rapper was shot some months later (January this year) in a roadside robbery when he stopped at a car wash on National Highway in GA.
1) The Grouch Three Eyes Off the Time (Legendary Music)
2) Souls of Mischief Montezuma's Revenge (Clear Label)
3) BlakRoc Blakroc (V2/Cooperative)
4) Messy Marv & Berner Blow (Bern One Ent.)
5) Clipse Til the Casket Drops (SONY)
6) Messy Marv Highly Aggressive (Click Clack Records)
7) Snoop Dogg Malice N Wonderland (Priority/EMI)
8) Young Money We Are Young Money (Cash Money/Universal)
9) Gucci Mane The State vs. Radric Davis (Warner Bros/Asylum)
10) Timbaland Shock Value II (Blackground Records)
The Grouch from the Living Legends crew is back with a banger that went straight to number one on this week's Hip-Hop Top Ten from the Amoeba Music San Francisco store. Thanks to Luis for the chart. Titled Three Eyes Off The Time on Legendary Music, this latest release from The Grouch talks about a variety of subjects, including love in the digital age, which is explored in "The Dangers Of Online Dating." He also continues topics such as fatherhood, explored previously by the emcee on Show You The World. That album, with The Grouch pictured on the cover with his daughter on his shoulder, was released last year. And the profilic emcee, who a few years ago teamed up with Zion I to record an entire album (2006's Heroes In The City Of Dope) has not been idle. Earlier this year, along with Eligh, he released the great collaborative album Say G&E! Unfortunately, Eligh doesn't appear on Three Eyes Off The Time, but others do. Rankin Scroo and Marty James appear on the tracks "Daddy's Home" and "Make Em Think," respectively. And Fashawn and Mistah FAB both cameo on the track "Already," which is only available on this CD version of the album.