E-Lit @ Amoeba Berkeley Wk ending Oct 14th, 2011
Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 10:14:11
1) Murs Love & Rockets Vol. 1: The Transformation (DD172)
2) J. Cole Cole World: The Sideline Story (Roc Nation)
3) 9th Wonder The Wonder Years (It's A Wonderful World Music Group)
4) Dessa Castor, The Twin (Doomtree)
5) Danny Brown XXX (Fools Gold)
Thanks to ever-knowledgeable E-Lit at the Amoeba Berkeley store for the latest Top 5 Hip-Hop chart and in-depth overview of the many new hip-hop releases: many underground ones that you may not otherwise hear about. These include Top Five entrants from both one-of-a-kind Detroit emcee Danny Brown (XXX) and Doomtree female artist Dessa (Castor, The Twin CD which comes with a limited edition fiction book Sleeping With Nikki - if you pick it up at Amoeba Berkeley). Also on the new Top Five are the ever popular J Cole album (#1 in the US this past week), the brand new Ski Beatz produced Murs album (Love & Rockets Vol. 1), and 9th Wonder The Wonder Years. Other artists with brand new or recently released hip-hop releases include Bored Stiff's White Mic, Madlib, The Knux, RJD2, DJ Drama, Boom Bip, Evidence (Cats & Dogs), and maker of the new album This Is Our Science - Astronautalis who, as E Lit was mentioning in the above interview about his Bay Area concert earlier this week, is a truly gifted freestyle artist. Below are a slew of new videos from some of these hip-hop artists as well as some other ones including the brand new videos from Indecent the Slapmaster along with the best of Vallejo rap talent and Eligh & Amp Live that is taken from their forthcoming collaboration album Therapy at 3. Oh and don't forget that today (October 14th) at 6pm at the San Francisco Amoeba store that Mayer Hawthorne will be doing a live in-store DJ set and signing of his new second album How Do You Do (note on Universal this time out for the former Stones Throw act) . Details here.