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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 01.17.14: E-Lit, Top 5, Childish Gambino Deep Web Tour, DJ Qbert Album Launch, Friscasso feat The Jacka

Posted by Billyjam, January 17, 2014 12:35pm | Post a Comment
         

Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 01:17:14


1) Dam-Funk & Snoopzilla 7 Days of Funk (Stones Throw)


2) Childish Gambino Because the Internet (Glassnote)

3)
E-40's Welcome To The Soil: Block Brochure Vol. 4, Vol. 5, and Vol. 6   (Heavy On The Grind)

4) Sean Price & M-Phazes / Guilty Simpson & Small Professor shared/double lp (Coalmine Records)

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 05.03.13: E-Lit, Illogic & Blockhead, K-Def, Ridic, Hieroglyphics, Malkovich, R-Mean + more

Posted by Billyjam, May 3, 2013 07:07am | Post a Comment
      

Amoeba Berkeley Hip Hop Top Five Week Ending May 3rd: 2013


1) Ghostface Killah Twelve Reasons To Die (Soul Temple)

2) Illogic & Blockhead Capture The Sun (Man Bites Dog)

3) Kid Cudi Indicud (Dreamworks)

4) R.A. The Rugged Man Legends Never Die (Universal)

5) K-Def The Exhibit (Solid Smoke)

Thanks to my man E-Lit at Amoeba Berkeley for again this week taking time to share information on all the new hip-hop that's been dropping lately while simultaneously proving that, despite what the naysayers might try to have us believe (that the current state of hip-hop is not good), that there is actually a ton  of incredible new hip-hop coming out these days! You just have to look for it - and Amoeba is the perfect place to your looking. As E-Lit noted in the video interview above and in the corresponding top five chart also above - among the new recent arrivals in the hip-hop department at Amoeba Music are (following a nine year gap) R.A. The Rugged Man's Legends Never Die (Universal), K-Def's The Exhibit (an EP in both CD and vinyl formats that arrives in addition to his recently released Signature Sevens 7" series ), and Illogic & Blockhead's five-star new album Capture The Sun on Man Bites Dog. Peep the recent Amoeblog interview with Illogic & Blockhead interview in which they talk about this album, and check out below the latest video from the new album: the Erik Anello directed and edited and  Laura Green shot music video for the charged Capture The Sun track "Atlantis Depth."

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Illogic & Blockhead Discuss Their Brand New Album "Capture The Sun" (Man Bites Dog)

Posted by Billyjam, April 16, 2013 08:03am | Post a Comment

Columbus, Ohio poet/emcee Illogic and New York City producer Blockhead, who first collaborated back in 2000, recently teamed up again to record two EPs and their first full length album project together - the TK via Man Bites Dog release Capture The Sun which arrives in Amoeba Music today. The 16 track album is an all killer, no filler hip-hop release that finds these two talented artists at their best with select special features from such artists as Slug (of Atmosphere), Blueprint, and Abstract Rude. I recently caught up with both Blockhead and Illogic to chop it up with them about the new album that I learned is dedicated to Illogic's grandmother who, he told me, passed away just a few weeks ago after battling cancer for the past few years. "Even before that [though] I was planning on dedicating this record to her because the whole album title and the concept is inspired by something she would always tell me. And that is that your dreams that are delayed are not denied. And that is something I try to impart to my family as well; just to go after their dreams and no matter how long it takes that they can always achieve them. And that is something that my family has imparted in me as well," said the father of three sons who holds family dear to his heart. In fact his mother, who when he was just a little kid used to give him the  dictionary to study, has being perhaps the most influential person in his life as an artist. "My mom is an interesting person," shared the emcee/poet. "She was a black nationalist in college. She studied Islam. She was very intellectual. And I actually learned to speak French before I could speak English. She always made sure that I understood the power of language and the power of words. And that is something to this day that I am grateful for because here I am: Illogic the rapper, the writer, the poet. And that is mainly because of what my mother instilled in me at a young age."

"With the concept for Capture The Sun Blockhead was the perfect producer for what I was trying to accomplish," said Illogic noting that what has always attracted him to Blockhead's production style is his meticulous attention to detail. "He will take a two-second part of a song and put it into a beat. And he will take a whole bunch of those; two, five, ten second parts and create a complete backdrop of something completely beautiful that you have never heard before…..he just makes a symphony out of everything that he does!" 

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 04.05.13: Tyler, The Creator, Dizzy Wright, Armani Cooper, Iamsu!, Jerry da Hermit, Illogic & Blockhead +

Posted by Billyjam, April 5, 2013 09:09am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip Hop Top Five Week Ending April 05: 2013


1) Tyler, The Creator Wolf (Columbia)

2) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The Heist (Macklemore LLC)

3)  Lil’ Wayne I Am Not a Human Being Pt. II (Cash Money)

4) Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City CD (Aftermath)

5)  Blu No York! (New World Colour/Greenstreets)

In the number one slot with a bullet this week is the brand new Tyler, The Creator album Wolf  on Columbia Records which arrived in Amoeba on Tuesday this week (April 2nd) in both Wolf regular CD version and in Wolf DeLuxe CD version. Amoeba website reviewers wrote of the album and its maker that he's, "always been an artist and persona as divisive as he is undeniably talented, so why expect (or want) that to change? Sprawling tracklist, angry, occasionally homophobic lyrics and all, Goblin was affecting in its ugliness. The Wolf builds on the Odd Future kingpin’s sound with more manageable beats and R&B touches, but he’s the same troubled joker at heart." 

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 08.10.12: Amoeba Top 5, Rick Ross, MA Doom, Karriem Riggins, Kool Keith, Keith Jones + more

Posted by Billyjam, August 10, 2012 12:30pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Top Five Week Ending August 10, 2012



1)   Rick Ross God Forgives, I Don’t (Def Jam)

While not pulling quite as huge numbers as anticipated, Rick Ross still takes the crown as this week’s hip hop best-seller and ain’t showing any sign of slowing down in sales with God Forgives, I Don't on Def Jam.  Rick Ro$$ the boss gets my vote as one of the most requested rappers from Amoeba Berkeley customers, so naturally his new official solo joint is a mover. Features songs with Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Wale and Drake plus the prime cut beat selections you’ve come to expect from Rozay.  The special deluxe edition of album also features bonus jams with Nas and John Legend. As far as mainstream hip hop goes, this album’s loaded so don’t sleep.




2)    La Coka Nostra Masters of the Dark Arts (Fat Beats)

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