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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 10.12.13: RJD2, Deltron 3030, Danny Brown, Smif N Wessun, MellowHigh, Pete Rock & CL Smooth

Posted by Billyjam, October 12, 2013 12:37pm | Post a Comment



Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 10:11:13


1) Deltron 3030 Event II (Bulk Recordings)

2) Earl Sweatshirt Doris (Columbia)

3) RJD2 More Is Than Isn't (RJS Electrical Connection)

4) Drake Nothing Was The Same (Cash Money)

5) Danny Brown Old (Fools Gold)

Special thanks to E-Lit at the Berkeley Amoeba Music store in the above video clip for doing a nice overview of some of the new hip-hop releases this week in both CD and vinyl formats that include not one but two vinyl versions of the new Deltron 3030 album (the second being the instrumental version - good for DJs and emcees). E-Lit, who is the Amoeba hip-hop buyer and also a KALX DJ, will have more new releases next week to talk about.  But back to this week's excellent new hip-hop top five from Amoeba which includes two of my personal favorite new releases - RJD2 and Deltron 3030. The latter is the long awaited sequel to the Deltron 3030 original release back 13 long years ago when the superstar trio ofDel the Funkee Homosapien, Dan the Automator, and Kid Koalaunleashed their first sci-fi themed hip-hop adventure. As the amoeba.com review accurately writes "Event II finds the group basically picking up where the last album left off, telling paranoid tales of a future world gone corrupt and insensitive….Once again, the trio is spinning an entire world, and again, shockingly, the results are incredibly cohesive, and the world is totally immersive. Zach De La Rocha, Lonely Island, Damon Albarn, Black Rob, and Mike Patton all stop by to play various weird characters."  While the album is filed under hip-hop it could easily be filed under alt rock or electronic. Also blurring genre lines is the highly recommended new RJD2 album More Is Than Isn't - the DJ/producer/multi-instrumentalist's fifth studio album in eleven years and perhaps his best to date. What I love most about is his impeccable choice in guest emcees and vocalists - including Blueprint, P-Blackk, STS and Khari Mateen - all of whom perfectly compliment his deep production style. 

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Troy Davis' Execution Will Undoubtedly Unleash A Slew of New Protest Raps

Posted by Billyjam, September 21, 2011 10:18pm | Post a Comment
        
Jasiri X "I Am Troy Davis (T.R.O.Y.)" (2011)

There's already been several hip-hop songs written & recorded about Troy Davis, including the moving song & accompanying video above by Jasiri X who expertly reworks Pete Rock & CL Smooth''s 1992 classic "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)." But following the 42 year old Davis' execution late tonight (Weds Sept 21) in a Georgia State Prison by lethal injection, and the controversy it has already fueled, you can expect a slew of new hip-hop songs expressing outrage over the execution of Davis - who many believe to be innocent - and outrage at the United States Supreme Court for refusing to step in after Davis' lawyer had pleaded with the court to examine “substantial constitutional errors” in the murder trial of a Savannah police officer.

For KRS-One's "What's In My Bag?" The Teacha Takes His DJ Son Shopping For Some Real Hip-Hop

Posted by Billyjam, March 20, 2011 04:24pm | Post a Comment
 KRS-One's "What's In My Bag?"

The KRS-One "What's In My Bag?" video above, filmed last summer in the hip-hop aisle at Amoeba Hollywood, opens with the hip-hop pioneer also known as The Teacha reading aloud the liner notes' shout-outs off the back of BDP's Edutainment album as his teenaged son (also named Kris Parker) listens intently and asks, sincerely puzzled, why was it then that his his dad gave special thanks to wack radio DJs (who he said fronted on BDP's previous album) and to then President George H. Bush. "I was being sarcastic and giving special thanks to people who just screwed up everything," explained his hip-hop icon dad, who throughout his active quarter of a century hip-hop career has never been at a loss for words.

This video segment was recorded about a week after KRS-One had done an instore reading of his book The Gospel of Hip Hop: First Instrument presented by KRS One for the Temple of Hip Hop (Powerhouse Books), at the LA Amoeba and right around the same time as his son's 18th birthday (August 9th). The primary goal of the Amoeba shopping trip was to get the younger Kris Parker set with some quality hip-hop music before joining his dad as his DJ for the then soon approaching Rock The Bells dates in LA, SF, and NYC. At the time not too many people were aware of KRS-One's son. In fact, most only knew of KRS's other, older (step) son Randy Hubbard Parker, who in 2007 was tragically found dead in his Atlanta apartment at age 23; he was reportedly the victim of an apparent suicide following a bout of severe depression.

Hip-Hop Rap Up 09:17:10: Al'Tariq, Black Milk, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, MF Doom, Rah Digga + More

Posted by Billyjam, September 17, 2010 10:00am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 09:17:10


1) Pete Rock & CL Smooth Mecca and the Soul Brother DeLuxe Box Set (Traffic Entertainment)

2)  Black Milk Album of the Year (Fat Beats)

3) Al'Tariq God Connections (Al'Tariq Music)

4) MF Doom Expektoration Live Featuring Big Benn Klingon (Gold Dust Media)

5) Rah Digga Classic (Traffic) 

Thanks to Luis at the San Francisco Amoeba Music for this latest hip-hop chart! The reissued and nicely repackaged deluxe version of the hip-hop classic by Pete Rock & CL Smooth Mecca and the Soul Brother is number one. This re-release by Traffic Entertainment is so impressive that the folks at this fine label made a special video about it (see immediately below) in which they unveil its newly improved contents: two CDs, including the original album plus one disc filled with bonus versions, exclusives, instrumentals, and a capellas. Also included in this new set is a poster, 20 page booklet, and individual ‘paste on’ style jackets. Nice! No wonder it's number one at Amoeba Music this week.


Pete Rock & CL Smooth's Mecca and the Soul Brother 2010 DeLuxe version