Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: 03:06:09
1) K'NAAN Troubadour (A&M/Octone Records)
2) Zion I The TakeOver (Gold Dust Media)
3) Madlib Beat Konducta 5 & 6 (Stones Throw)
4) RZA Afro Samurai Resurrection (TVT)
5) Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique (reissue) (Capitol)
Thanks to Inti at the Berkeley Amoeba Music for this week's Hip-Hop Top Five chart which finds reigning Somalia hip-hop music star K'NAAN in the top slot with his new album Troubadour. He was also number one at the Hollywood Amoeba last week. Meanwhile, Oakland duo ZIon I, who were number one at Amoeba SF two weeks ago, are in the number two slot with their highly recommended new album The TakeOver, which is full of potential hit singles. Currently Zion I, made up of producer AmpLive and emcee Zumbia, are on a West Coast tour. For details click here.
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Beastie Boys' second album, 1989's Paul's Boutique, was recently reissued and has been selling well at all Amoeba stores since its late January reissue date. At the Berkeley store it is this week's number five top seller.
A lot has changed in the 20 years since the album's initial release from the New York group. Initially considered a commercial failure by their record label, who expected Licensed To Ill-scale sales and pop radio acceptance, the album catapulted the Beasties from being remembered as mere novelty rap act to serious hip-hoppers in the music history books. Included in countless magazines and critics' "Best Of" album lists, the 20th anniversary reissue of Paul's Boutique package features 24-bit remaster audio and a commentary track. If you don't already own this album, get it.