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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 08.23.13: Earl Sweatshirt, A$AP Ferg, BPos, Masta Ace, Casual/Hieros, PBW & Stones Throw

Posted by Billyjam, August 23, 2013 10:00am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 08:23:13

1) Earl Sweatshirt Doris (Columbia)

2) A$AP Ferg Trap Lord (RCA)

3) Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail (Def Jam)

4) Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city (Aftermath)

5) JJ Doom Key To The Kuffs (Butter Edition) (Lex Records)

Holding down the top two slots on this week's Hip-Hop Top Five chart from the Hollywood store are artists from hip-hop's two leading contemporary collectives repping each coast; Earl Sweatshirt represents Los Angeles' Odd Future while A$AP Ferg represents NYC's A$AP crew - and both have brand new albums out this week that offer a nice slice of what young hip-hop in 2013 sounds like. Number one and representing the Left Coast is the brand new album Doris from Earl Sweatshirt who most got familiar with his 2010 debut mixtape, Earl. Fast forward three years and  you have the artist's major label (Columbia/SONY) distributed official debut with an impressive array of guest artists from within his crew and beyond including  Domo Genesis, Frank Ocean, Vince Staples & Casey Veggies, Tyler, The Creator, Mac Miller, and RZA. Doris is accurately described by the Amoeba website as "moody, angry yet not quite aggressive" and "self-deprecating tales that subtly hook their way into your subconscious….a brilliant debut that was more than worth the wait — if anything, the time and anticipation has ensured that Doris defies expectation." Below, among the various new hip-hop music videos, is the dark moody Earl Sweatshirt video for the new album track/single "Hive (feat. Vince Staples & Casey Veggies)" that has been out for a few weeks now.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 06.21.13: Kanye West's Yeezus, Mac Miller, J. Cole, Quasimoto/Madlib, The White Mandingos

Posted by Billyjam, June 21, 2013 04:15pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending 06:21:13


1) Kanye West Yeezus (Def Jam)

2) J. Cole Born Sinner (Columbia)

3) Mac Miller Watching Movies With The Sound Off (Rostrum Records)

4) Quasimoto Yessir, Whatever (Stones Throw)

5) The White Mandingos The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me (Ingrooves/Fat Beats)

Thanks to Amoeba's E-Lit for the above latest top five hip-hop chart and the video below with the Amoeba Berkeley staffer running down all the newest CD and vinyl hip-hop releases this week.  And a lot of good stuff too - from small indie to big major label releases - including the ever topical latest from Kanye West, Yeezus on Def Jam with the simple cover artwork. Some love the album - many hate it, while others are too caught up in the  public persona of the artist to show true objectivity. But they have a point too since the artist himself is seemingly so far up his own arse that it is hard to separate the person from the artist. I liked the Amoeba.com review that accompanies it that sums up Yeezus as, "a response to everything Kanye West has previously recorded — and to hip-hop, and popular music, in general. In short, it sounds like nothing else around, a fusion of harsh industrial production and some of West’s most aggressive lyrics to date." Agreed! Many listeners, true rap/hip-hop fans especially, are balking at the out-there experimental rock/industrial leaning production value (thanks to Daft Punk) of this new album but to me that is what I love the most about it and commend Kanye as pop artist for not serving up what he could get away with merely follow the cookie cutter rap template that so many others of today churn out.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 11.11.11: E-Lit, Lateef, PUTS, Wale, Creme De La Ultra w/ Azeem, League 510, Dub Esquire, K.O. The Legend, Mac Miller + more

Posted by Billyjam, November 11, 2011 11:11am | Post a Comment
         

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



1) Wale Ambition (Warner Bros.)

2) Black Milk & Danny Brown Black and Brown (Fat Beats)

3) Lateef The Truthspeaker Firewire (Quannum)

4) People Under The Stairs Highlighter (Piecelock 70)

5) Mac Miller Blue Slide Park (Ingrooves)

Thanks to my man E-Lit at Amoeba Berkeley for taking time out of his day in video above to run down all the new and recent hip-hop releases for this week's Hip-Hop Rap Up which includes longtime Oakland emcee & Solesides/Quannum star Lateef The Truthspeaker's first solo outing: the star-studded Firewire on Quannum which includes such Bay Area hip-hop greats (and longtime collaborators) as DJ Shadow, Dan The Automator, Lyrics Born (his partner in Latryx), The Grouch, Del the Funky Homosapien, Headnodic, and Chief Xcel (who handles production). The new Lateef the Truthspeaker album track "Oakland" that features Del The Funky Homosapien & The Grouch and appears below in audio play mode, I predict will soon become the new Oakland anthem.

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