Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 03: 03:12
1) Drake Take Care (Cash Money/Universal)
2) Kanye West & Jay Z Watch The Throne (Def Jam)
3) Gangrene Vodka & Ayahuasca (Decon)
4) Busdriver Beaus $ Eros (Fake Four Inc.)
5) Blu & Exile Below The Heavens (Fat Beats)
This week's hip-hop chart from the Hollywood Amoeba store reflects the state of the current hip-hop market - one in which many titles have a long shelf life including the most recent releases from both Drake (Take Care on Cash Money/Universal) and Kanye West & Jay Z (Watch The Throne on Def Jam) - two major label releases that were originally released in early November and August respectively but have been steadily selling/charting ever since. Meantime another steady seller is Blu & Exile's Below The Heavens on Fat Beats which is technically a five year old album but, due to public demand, was reissued recently. The other two album entrants on the new hip-hop chart are the 2012 releases from both LA alt hip-hop talent Busdriver (Beaus $ Eros on Fake Four Inc. featuring the Loden produced track below "Kiss Me Back To Life") and Gangrene's Vodka & Ayahuasca on Decon. Featuring Oh No and Alchemist Gangrene are pretty darn good and this is one recommended album; one of those records that you hear something new in every time you play it.