1) Atmosphere The Family Sign (Rhymesayers Entertainment)
2) Blueprint Adventures in Counter-Culture (Rhymesayers Entertainment)
3) J-Rocc Some Cold Rock Stuff (Stones Throw Records)
4) Foreign Legion Night Moves (Quality Control)
5) E-40 Revenue Retrievin: Overtime Shift (EMI)
6) E-40 Revenue Retrivin': Graveyard Shift (EMI)
7) Wiz Khalifa Rolling Papers (Atlantic)
8) Zion I & The Grouch are Heroes in the Healing of the Nation (Z&G Music)
9) Equipto & Michael Marshall Keep it Movin' 2 Love Changes (Solidarity Records)
Evidence "To Be Continued" live @ Fat Beats LA on Friday Sept 17th 2010
Two weekends ago the Fat Beats retail store in New York City closed shop for good and today the Fat Beats store in LA will follow suit. And while the shuttering of this longtime SoCal meeting ground for hip-hop fans and artists is most definitely a sad day, the good folks at Fat Beats are going out on a high celebratory note rather than a just a downer tearful farewell. Today's final day for the LA Fat Beats on Melrose is the culmination of a week and a half long series of music industry panels and energized instore performances that included Ras Kass, Dilated Peoples, Evidence (solo, as in video above from Friday), Bishop Lamont, Kurupt, Mellow Man Ace, and 2Mex (as seen in video below from last weekend), with a day long DJ showcase featuring J Rocc, Rhettmatic, DJ Revolution, and other turntable manipulators throughout today.
Don't miss it if you are the LA area! Allow time to get in, as the relatively small space will quickly get crowded. Two weekends ago at the September 4th closing of Fat Beats on Sixth Ave in Greenwich Village, NY, it was so crazy that myself and another two or three hundred fans, who arrived late in the afternoon, got stuck outside listening to the music blaring out the windows of the second floor store. Like the closing of the NYC Fat Beats, the closing of the LA store is more than simply some retail space closing down. It is the loss of an important community common ground, a local hip-hop institution that lovers of the genre gravitated towards and where, it seemed, there was always some must-see instore performance.
1) Messy Marv and Berner Blow (Blocks and Boat Docks) (Bern One Entertainment)
2) Exile Am/Fm (Traffic)
3) Camu Tao King of Hearts. (Fat Possum/Def Jux)
4) Cut Chemist Sound of the Police (A Stable Sound/Soul Kitchen)
5) Tha Dogg Pound 100 Wayz (Gangsta Advisory Recordingz Inc)
I would not be surprised if you were to look up the word prolific in the dictionary -- at least in the Bay Area rap dictionary -- and a picture of Messy Marv popped up beside the definition. The longtime Bay Area rapper has been consistently releasing new material at such an astonishing rate that it would appear that he never sleeps, never leaves the studio. If you recall just two short weeks ago the new Messy Marv overseen SF collection Thizz City was on the Amoeba Top Five chart. Now this week Marv is back with another new collaborative release, Blow (Blocks and Boat Docks), which shot straight to number one at the San Francisco Amoeba. Released on Bern One Entertainment, this collaboration with Berner features Messy Marv on every track, and is a sequel to their joint project Blow, released late '09. As the title and album cover above implies, this more of that drug slanging school of rap music.