Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 11.15.13: Marco Polo, Kid Tsunami, No Bird Sing, Mad Dukez & Fresh Kils, Louis Logic, Los Rakas + more

Posted by Billyjam, November 15, 2013 11:00am | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending 11:15:13

1) Marco Polo PA2: The Director's Cut (Soulspazm Records)

2) Kid Tsunami The Chase (Head Bop)

3) No Bird Sing Definition Sickness (Strange Famous)

4) Mad Dukez & Fresh Kils gettin gatsby (Deep Thinka)

5) Louis Logic Look On The Blight Side (Fake Four Inc.)

Once again big thanks to E-Lit at Amoeba Berkeley for the chart and video breakdown above, and for always being on top of the very latest in new hip-hop releases and often ones you don't always hear about in the mainstream. This week's list includes the two producers with long lists of guest emcees: Marco Polo's latest offering -  PA2: The Director's Cut on Soulspazm Records via Fat Beats, and the official debut from Perth Australia's Kid Tsunami The Chase on Head Bop which between the two of these new albums make up the perfect throwback to the nineties styled mixtape. Marco Polo deserves major props for  just alone getting Organized Konfusion together again for the first time in over a decade: the legendary hip-hop duo of Pharoahe Monch and Prince Po join forces on the leadoff album track "3-O-Clock."  The video for this sick track appears below (scroll down) along with accompanying videos to each of the other four new chart entries.  These include the Kid Tsunami produced "Bang Exclusive" off his guest heavy album with features from both emcee Sean Price and guitarist Chuck Chilla, No Bird Sing's "And War (feat Molly Dean)," Mad Dukez & Fresh Kils' album track "Sookie Sookie," and Louis Logic - along with album guest Blueprint, at his recent record release party for his new Fake Four Inc. release  Look On The Blight Side.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 04.26.13: Ghostface Killah, Apollo The Great, Los Rakas, Hieros, DMC, Medusa, Streets of Rap + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 26, 2013 01:39pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Berkeley Hip Hop Top Five Week Ending April 26: 2013

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

2) Kid Cudi Indicud (Dreamworks)

3) Trek Life Hometown Foreigner (Mello Music)

4) DJ Neil Armstrong Sweet: 10 Year Anniversary Box Set (Turntable Lab)

5) Kev Brown Songs Without Words Vols 1 + 2 (Green)

Special thanks to E-Lit at Amoeba Berkeley  for taking time to record video above and run down the latest new hip-hop arrivals at Amoeba which include goodies such as Mello Music's Trek Life  (Hometown Foreigner) and Kev Brown (Songs Without Words Vols 1 + 2). Then of special interest to DJ/turntablist fans are both the Beat Junkies Record Store Day leftover vinyl release plus the beautifully done box set by DJ Neil Armstrong (Sweet: 10 Year Anniversary Box Set). Speaking of the craziness of Record Store Day last Saturday, E-Lit reports that two of the hottest hip-hop RSD 2013 exclusive items at the Berkeley Amoeba were the Notorious B.I.G. vinyl reissue of Ready To Die and the GZA chess set - both of which were snapped up and sold out in record time. Continuing to sell well at Amoeba Berkeley and the other two Amoeba stores this week are both the new Kid Cudi (Indicud on Dreamworks) and Ghostface Killah's Twelve Reasons To Die (Soul Temple). And below is a video from this hot new collab with Adrian Younge.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: 09.07.12: Top 5, Matthew Africa, Love Vibes, Hieros @ Oakllandish, Los Rakas @ Independent + more

Posted by Billyjam, September 7, 2012 08:20am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 09:07:12

1) JJ DOOM Key to the Kuffs (Lex Records)

2) 2 Chainz Based on a T.R.U. Story (Deluxe Edition) (Def Jam)

3) 2 Chainz Based on a T.R.U. Story (Def Jam)
4)  Nas Life is Good (Def Jam)

5) Aesop Rock Skelethon  (Rhymesayers)

The latest top five hip-hop chart from Amoeba Hollywood this week is pretty consistent with the last few weeks at each Amoeba with the top sellers including the highly recommended new albums from Nas ( Life is Good), Aesop Rock, (Skelethon ), and DOOM's (formerly MF Doom) latest outing with producer Jneiro Jarel as JJ DOOM - Key to the Kuffs which I was surprised to hear some DOOM fans were not feeling upon first listen. I really like it and believe it stands side by side in quality with his previous work and that Jneiro's production compliments DOOM - and the other guests - perfectly. My personal favorite tracks are "Banished," "Guv'nor," "Borin' Convo," Dawg Friendly," and the opening sample heavy, album intro track "Waterlogged."  Again on this week's Amoeba chart are both versions of 2 Chainz Based on a T.R.U. Story (regular and the Deluxe Edition) from the ever popular artist who was among those featured performers at last night's MTV's Video Music Awards (VMA).

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Los Rakas, the Panama-by-way-of-Oakland Hip-Hop duo, Play Roxy in Hollywood Tonight

Posted by Billyjam, November 6, 2011 12:59pm | Post a Comment
Los Rakas "Cueria" Official mini-film (2011)
The extremely talented (and sure to blow up huge) Panama, by way of Oakland, duo Los Rakas travel south to SoCal today to perform at the Roxy in Hollywood tonight when they will do songs off their highly recommended Chancletas y Camisetas Bordada EP which has been a popular item at Amoeba (especially Amoeba Berkeley) since it was released a few months ago.

I have seen this duo, whose unique sound is a blend of Oakland/Bay hip-hop, dancehall grooves, and Panama flavored reggae, and salsa (nearly all delivered exclusively en Espanol), perform a couple of times already over past couple of months (the Hella Fresh Fest in San Francisco and Life is Living Hip-Hop Fest in Oakland ) and each time they put on an inspired show that got people moving and also thinking. The thought-provoking, sure to cause controversy, brand new short revenge film (above) is set to the song "‎Cueria" and is the second official video from their Chancletas y Camisetas Bordada EP whose accompanying cover art is by EP, is by Mexico City-based artist, Alejandro Núñez Ferrara.

Hip-Hop Rap Up 09:23:11: Weezy, Casual, Dream Nefra, Los Rakas, The Jacka, Amp Live, DaVinci + more

Posted by Billyjam, September 23, 2011 11:18am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 09:23:11

1) The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West)
  Watch The Throne (Def Jam) 

2) Lil Wayne  Tha Carter IV (Cash Money/Universal)

3) The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) Watch the Throne - Deluxe
(Def Jam) 

4) Lil Wayne  Tha Carter IV Deluxe (Cash Money/Universal)

5) Blu & Exile Below The Heavens (Sound In Color)

This week's hip-hop five chart from the Amoeba Hollywood store proves that the big names (Weezy, Kanye, & Jay-Z) are holding their own with both Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV and Jay-Z & Kanye West's Watch The Throne both still holding down top slots in not just the regular CD versions but also the Deluxe versions of each release. 
Speaking of Lil Wayne, the artist who was recently incarcerated at Rikers for 8 months, does not seem to have lost any momentum at all in his ever rising career. The latest achievement for Weezy is being placed in the 2012 Guinness Book Of World Records for having the most US Hot 100 hits. Over the past decade the artist has had an astounding 60+ tracks that entered the Hot 100 chart.  This will not be the rapper's first time in the Guinness Book Of World Records. He previously got inducted for having the most “likes” on Facebook in one 24 hour period. Also charting on the Top Five this week at the Los Angeles store is Blu & Exile's sleeper hit Below The Heavens.

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