1) The Alchemist & Prodigy Albert Einstein (Infamous Records)
2) Gajah & Mute Speaker On And Offspring (Acid Lab Records)
3) The White Mandingos The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me (Ingrooves/Fat Beats)
4) Gavlyn Habit That You Blame (Broken Complex)
5) French Montana Excuse My French (Geffen)
Big ups to E-Lit at Amoeba Berkeley for supplying the latest top five hip-hop chart (based on sales at the Telegraph Ave store for past week) and also doing the video interview below to discuss these and all the other new hip-hop releases coming out in both CD and vinyl formats at this time - of which there are a lot of really great new (mostly indie) hip-hop releases dropping right now. These include the hot-selling, guest heavy, official debut (after two dozen unofficial mixtape releases) by French Montana Excuse My French on Geffen, and the power duo teaming of The Alchemist & Prodigy for the album pictured above Albert Einstein on Prodigy's Infamous Records label of which the Mobb Deep member told MTV News in an interview a few months ago that, "At Infamous, I'm looking for artists that, #1 have their own movement goin', they got their thing goin' already." And with The Alchemist he certainly got that! This is actually the second collaboration for these two since Return of the Mac and the fourteenth year that Alchemist has been working with Mobb Deep (he first collaborated - producing for 1999′s Murda Muzik on the tracks "Thug Muzik" and "The Realest"). Fans of Mobb Deep will dig this new collaboration since it recalls some of the old dark grimy Mobb Deep sound.
Among the other new hip-hop releases either included in the chart above or the video with E-Lit below include Homeboy Sandman's vinyl only release (with digital download code) Kool Herc: Fertile Crescent on Stones Throw, Gavlyn's Habit That You Blame on Broken Complex, Gajah & Mute Speaker's On And Offspring on Acid Lab Records, and The White Mandingos' not to be missed The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me on Ingrooves/Fat Beats for CD and vinyl versions respectively. This interesting new collaborative project from the ever prolific Murs, which takes its name from the 1994 Master P release of the same title. The Amoeba online store review of this new album states: “I’m too black for the m*thafuckin’ underground/The white fans barely tolerate my black ass/If I embrace them, I catch a backlash from the black fans,” Murs states plainly on “Black N White Revisited,” from his collaboration with Bad Brains guitarist/singer Darryl Jennifer and editor/artist Sacha Jenkins. For artists caught between worlds, The White Mandingos is a brilliant foray into musical freedom, combining Murs’ cerebral underground hip-hop with the hardcore ferocity of Bad Brains. Jenkins’ guitars cut, shred and destroy on tracks like “Warn a Brotha,” with a great line from Murs — “f*ck the Rolling Stones, and f*ck you, too.”