1) Freddie Gibbs, Madlib Pinata (Madlib Invazion)
2) CunninLynguists Strange Journey Volume Three (MRI)
3) 9th Wonder Jamla Is The Squad (Jamla Records/Empire Dist)
4) MindsOne & Kev Brown Pillars (Ill Adrenaline/Fat Beats)
5) Mobb Deep The Infamous Mobb Deep (Infamous Records)
Thanks to E-Lit at the Berkeley Amoeba Music store for running down all the new hip-hop releases this week that include the latest from North Carolina super-producer 9th Wonder Jamla Is The Squad on his Jamla Records label. Jamla is the Squad is a compilation featuring the singles "Be Inspired," "No Competition" and "15 Minutes of Fame" and, in addition to Jamla acts, showcases guest features from such non-label talents as Pete Rock, Phonte, Talib Kweli, and BJ The Chicago Kid. Real good album worth picking up as is the brand new one from Maryland emcee / producer Kev Brown with MindsOne Pillars on Ill Adrenaline via Fat Beats that features such underground burners as "Equinox" (see music video below).