Amoeba Hollywood Hip Hop Top Five Week Ending April 19: 2013
1) Kid Cudi Indicud (Dreamworks)
2) Ghostface Killah Twelve Reasons To Die (Soul Temple)
3) Ghostface Killah Twelve Reasons To Die DeLuxe (Soul Temple)
4) Tyler, The Creator Wolf (Columbia)
5) Wu-Tang Clan Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) LP (Loud/RCA)
Special thanks to Edwin at Amoeba Hollywood for the latest top five hip-hop chart that includes the brand new, third official solo album from Kid Cudi which is a return by the hip-hop artist to a more straight up rap production after the Cleveland artist's last outing - the rock/rap crossover project, WZRD. It is also a break from his Man In the Moon series (initially this was supposed to be part three in that ongoing series). And while the new Cudi album has some guests throughout it is not overburdened with them - hence allowing its star to shine with minimum distraction from guests on the mic. Exceptions include Kendrick Lamar who joins Cudi on “Solo Dolo Pt. II," Too $hort who joins him on "Girls" which is about - you guessed it, and RZA who joins Cudi on the killer track “Beez.” A more low profile guest is fellow Cleveland artist King Chip (aka previous collaborator Chip Tha Ripper) who is featured on both “Brothers” and “Just What I Am.” Lyrically Cudi covers a lot of ground including being on the battle tip as in the album track “Cold Blooded” in which he calls out his detractors with lyrics like: “One two one two, assholes now please listen close. I live for the day to watch all you pussies roast. Woosah woosah, So I don't slit nobody throat. Aaww it ain’t my fault. Homie thought he had the juice!"