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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Top 5 Chart, Killer Mike's Political Career Postponed, New Oakland Party "Wax Poetic"

Posted by Billyjam, June 20, 2015 08:14pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top 5 Chart: Week End 06:19:15


1) Run The Jewels Run The Jewels 2  (LP) (Mass Appeal)

2) Czarface Every Hero Needs A Villain (also in LP) Brick Records)

3) Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly (Aftermath)

4) Slum Village Yes! (also in LP) (Nestra Music Group)

5) A$AP Rocky  At.Long.Last.A$AP (RCA)


Thanks to Daniel at the Amoeba Hollywood store for the current week's top five hip-hop album chart (CD and vinyl) that includes the brand new anticipated releases from A$AP Rocky (At.Long.Last.A$AP), and the second comic book-inspired Inspectah Deck and 7L & Esoteric project Czarface's new Every Hero Needs A Villain, which features the sick lead single "Ka-Bang!" with MF DOOM and "The Great" (see new music video below). Also under new hip-hop releases is the just released eighth studio album from late J Dilla's group Slum Village. Entitled Yes!' and available in both CD and LP, this recommended guest-heavy album from the Detroit group features such collaborators as De La Soul and Phife Dawg. The latest hip-hop top five chart also includes two not-so-new albums that are still in demand at Amoeba Hollywood. These are Kendrick Lamar's much heralded album To Pimp A Butterfly that's been out since March and Run The Jewels' Run The Jewels 2  that first arrived in Amoeba back in November, when El-P and Killer Mike dropped their long awaited second collaborative full-length. It's timely too that Run The Jewels 2 is back in the number one slot since one of its creators has been in the news this past week due to his near official entry into politics. 
 
It almost happened! For a minute it looked like Killer Mike might land a job in political office in Georgia’s House of Representatives. Anyone who has read his excellent op-eds or who has heard him speak, including on Real Time with Bill Maher, knows he would have been a refreshingly welcome voice in political office. Exactly what Killer Mike had in his sights was the state rep for Atlanta’s District 55. Guilty of tax, wire, and mail fraud charges, the disgraced and resigned Tyrone Brooks was vacating his seat in a hurry, so Mike saw it and thought to himself, why not go for it. He Instagrammed about it before the June 16th deadline but then afterwards posted a follow up to say he found out that is ineligible for this year's election. He said that he does plan to run for office in the future. He will do it too, I bet, and he is so made for the job. Always informed and engaging on current topics including all angels on race in America, education, the prison complex, militant cops, and the politics behind it all, he's got a good handle on the most important things in need of vital change in America today. I wonder if he had actually landed the political office, would he have found himself getting frustrated with the political system itself? And what about Run The Jewels and his music career?  Hopefully he would become a hip-hop politician by continuing his hip-hop career while assuming his political role.  Meantime, for a refresher on how Killer Mike really feels about Ronald Reagan as president, check out the animated music video for the R.A.P. Music (also avail in vinyl) track "Reagan" off his amazing solo release via Williams Street from 2012.


Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 05.02.14: DMC Battles, Supa Dave West on Dilla, Dopestyle 1231, Hip-Hop In The Park, + more

Posted by Billyjam, May 2, 2014 11:18am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: Week Ending 05:02:14


1) Army of the Pharaohs In Death Reborn (Enemy Soil)

2) Freddie Gibbs & Madlib Pinata LP (Madlib Invazion)

3) YG My Krazy Life (Def Jam)

4) DJ Quik Safe + Sound  (SONY)

5) ScHoolboy Q Oxymoron (Interscope)

Clocking in a just under an hour is Army Of The Pharaohs anticipated new joint and this week's number one hip-hop chart entry at Amoeba In Death Reborn which is the fourth studio album by the non-commercial yet hella popular Army of the Pharaohs featuring the all-star lineup of Vinnie Paz, Apathy, Blacastan, Block McCloud, Celph Titled, Crypt The Warchild, Demoz, Des Devious, Doap Nixon, Esoteric, King Magnetic, King Syze, Planetary, Reef the Lost Cauze, and Zilla with production from various studio talents including Apathy, C-Lance, Leaf Dog, Panik, and Stu BangasThe release, which is the group's first new studio album in four years, is packed with rapid fire wordplay by this talent-packed collective and features such memorable tracks as the lead single/video “God Particle” (below). Also below is the video for YG's Drake featured single "Who Do You Love?" off his current chart entry My Krazy Life on Def Jam. Other chart entries at Amoeba this week are Freddie Gibbs & Madlib's Pinata ScHoolboy Q's Oxymoron, and (in throwback style) DJ Quik's 1995 album Safe + Sound  which is one of two older releases that have been moving at Amoeba Hollywood this past week. The other older release that, for some reason, began selling briskly over the past week at the SoCal Amoeba is Lauryn Hill's 1998 post Fugee's solo classic The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 02.14.14: Top 5, Qbert Galaxxxian Review, 206 Zulu, ILLEST DJ/B-Boy Battles, Valentine's Day Rap + more

Posted by Billyjam, February 14, 2014 07:07pm | Post a Comment


The photo above (as all other pics of show by James Mak of Joysco Studio for the Amoeblog) was taken last night at the Mezzanine in San Francisco with DJ Qbert joined by emcee A-Plus (Souls of Mischief) - one of the several artists that would join the DJ/producer throughout his hour long set that featured artists who appear alongside him on his soon to drop new album Galaxxxian (the rap counterpart to his other new album the instrumental Extraterrestria).  Others included emcees  P.E.A.C.E.  (Freestyle Fellowship), Bambu, Z-Man, and Unity, producer Dan The Automator, and "scratch guitarist" The Genie who like most of the night's guests had collaborated with Qbert. The night, which kicked off at 9pm with a nice hip-hop set from DJ Hard Rich from Thud Rumble, also featured individual sets from P.E.A.C.E. and Bambu (whose 20 minute solo set featured Jus Jones as his DJ), two incredible sets from Qbert's longtime friend collaborator and fellow Invisibl Skratch Piklz (ISP) member DJ Shortkut  who killed it with richly diverse sets that ranged from electro fueled new hip-hop to golden era classics, reggae and new UK garage, plus some nice beat juggling and scratching - including an impromptu quick session with Qbert.

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 07.26.13: U-God, La Femme Deadly Venoms, Lady Fingaz, Chill Moody, Hieros, Young Gully

Posted by Billyjam, July 26, 2013 10:10am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Top Five Week Ending 07: 26:13

1) Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail (Def Jam)

2) Kanye West Yeezus (Def Jam)

3) U-God Keynote Speaker (Soul Temple)

4) Dr Dre The Chronic (Interscope)

5) MF Doom  Mm. Food? (Rhymesayers Ent)

As well as the universally popular new joints from Jay-Z and Kanye West  (Magna Carta Holy Grail and Yeezus respectively), popular sellers at Amoeba Hollywood this past week have included some older, classic releases including Dr Dre's two decade old and still going strong, landmark, influential album The Chronic and MF Doom's ever amazing almost full decade old recording Mm. Food? which never gets old. Meantime the brand new addition to the top five above from the LA store is U-God's Keynote Speaker.  Most fans agree that U-God may not be the strongest member of the Clan known as Wu-Tang that he co-founded but the artist born Lamont Jody Hawkins is still most definitely a very talented artist with more depth than many often give him credit for. And Keynote Speaker, released this week on RZA's Soul Temple Records, instantly proves this point with a sound that is sure to satisfy longtime fans of the Wu-Tang who fiend for something new from the Staten Island hip-hop legends. This thirst is further satisfied with album guest shots from Wu members Method Man and Inspectah Deck. Other U-God album guests include Elzhi and Styles P. But for the best idea of what Keynote Speaker sounds like check out the brand new video below of the album track "Skyscraper" that includes lots of great aerial and street shots of New York City from Times Square down to the still under construction Freedom Tower. Also below is the brand new video from Chill Moody for his song "Chains."

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 07.19.13: E-Lit, Slum Village, Murs, Ugly Heroes, Hieros, Rav.P feat Skyzoo, Radioinactive + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 19, 2013 10:50pm | Post a Comment


Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 07:19:13


1) Hieroglyphics The Kitchen (Hiero Imperium)

2) Slum Village Evolution (Ne'Astra Music)

3) Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail (Def Jam)

4) Radioinactive The Akashic Record (Flying Carpet Studios)

5) Billy Woods & Blockhead Dour Candy  (Backwoodz Studioz)

Thanks to E-Lit at the Berkeley Amoeba store for his latest video report on new hip-hop releases and the accompanying new top five hip-hop chart (both above) for this special video-only weekly hip-hop rap-up for the Amoeblog that, as well as corresponding videos for some of the new releases referenced by E-Lit, are new hip-hop videos from such artists as  Rav.P featuring Skyzoo, Murs' audio track to accompany new comic book project, - the sequel to the first chapter of the comic book featured here two weeks ago, Ugly Heroes' (featuring Apollo Brown, Verbal Kent, and Red Pill) new video for "Desperate," and new Bay rap from The Jacka & Dubble-OO with a feature from J.Stalin on the new track “Time Standing Still.”

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