Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five for week ending 02:24:12 with E-Lit
1) Lazerbeak & Edison Kill Switch
We received a whole bunch of these over a week early, and sold through our entire supply of them in a matter of days! Given the extremely high quality of the product, it’s no wonder we couldn’t keep this on the shelves. Kill Switch
is hip-hop production of the highest caliber, brought to you by the strongest label in instrumental hip hop Fieldwerk Recordings. Doomtree’
handles side A with a surprisingly subtle approach that occasionally bursts with brilliant color, delivering his finest solo instrumental work to date. San Francisco’s own genius button-masher Edison
handles side B with a much rowdier gang of beats that show off his skillful production craft, with menacing guitar jabs and gangsta bleeps that form a cohesive whole. This one’s only available on vinyl, but it does come with a digital download card
that’ll get it on your computer in a matter of minutes. Highly recommended!
2) Tajai Machine Language
CD (Hieroglyphics Imperium)
Souls of Mischief
frontman and Hieroglyphics
s new Machine Language
mixtape has naturally been doing very well in the Bay. Features fellow Hiero members Casual, Opio
, plus a joint with The Pharcyde
, all for a super cheap price of $5.98.
This mix CD is just a taster of random new Tajai tracks, but should tide the Bay’s Hiero fanbase over until Tajai’s new Rap Noir
album drops later this year.