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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 03.14.14: Top 5 Chart, The Grouch & Eligh, Rick Ross, Army of the Pharoahs, Potluck

Posted by Billyjam, March 14, 2014 08:03am | Post a Comment

Rick Ross "Nobody (Explicit) feat. French Montana, Puff Daddy)" (2014)


Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending 03:14:14


1) Rick Ross Mastermind (Maybach / Def Jam)

2) ScHoolboy Q Oxymoron (Interscope)

3) The Grouch & Eligh The Tortoise & The Crow (Empire)
 
4) Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city (Aftermath)
 
5) Childish Gambino Because the Internet (Glassnote)

Just as last week's number one on the Amoeba Hip-Hop Chart (ScHoolboy Q's Oxymoron) reflected last week’s number one Billboard pop album chart entry so too does this week's number one at Amoeba: Rick Ross’ brand new Mastermind is also the number one seller in the country as per the Billboard Top 200 charts making it Ross’ fifth album to debut at No. 1 nationally. The album features the lead singles "War Ready," "The Devil is a Lie (feat. Jay-Z)," and "Nobody (feat. Diddy and French Montana)" or Puff Daddy as he is ID'ed in the Vevo video version of the single above. The video for the song, which is a homage to Biggie, finds Ross recreated the drive-by shooting attempt on his life a year ago.  Other releases on the latest chart include the recurrent entries from Kendrick Lamar (good kid, m.A.A.d city) and Childish Gambino (Because the Internet).

Hip-Hop Rap Up 06:24:11: Random Axe, Potluck, Beastie Boys, Bad Meets Evil, Face Candy, 4two7 + more

Posted by Billyjam, June 24, 2011 11:36pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending June 24, 2011

1)    Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 (Capitol)

2)    Randpm Axe Random Axe (Duck Down)

3)    Hail Mary Mallon Are You Gonna Eat That? (Rhymesayers)

4)    Bad Meets Evil Hell: the Sequel (Shady Records)

5)   Blu Her Favorite Colo(u)r (Nature Sounds) 

The top selling hip-hop releases at the Amoeba Hollywood store this week are in perfect sync with what's also popular at the two Bay Area Amoebas. These include the Beastie Boys powerful overdue return (Hot Sauce Committee Part 2) which only gets better with every listen (on a related note check out Mike D's fave NYC eateries), LA hip-hop talent Blu's reissue (Her Favorite Colo(u)r), and Bad Meets Evil's Hell: the Sequel from Detroit rap duo Eminem and Royce Da 5'9." This release is so popular that it is the best selling album in the country this week, landing on the number one Billboard pop albums spot; a feat that may not be new to Emimen but is certainly for a pleasantly stunned Royce who told MTV News this week that, "You know I ain't never sold no records. I knew it had the potential. I just really was more focused on the whole 'critically acclaimed' thing, and I think we achieved that."

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Kottonmouth Kings Among Those Celebrating 420 Today, April 20th

Posted by Billyjam, April 20, 2011 05:54pm | Post a Comment

Today (4/20) the Kottonmouth Kings unveiled their weed celebratory video, "My Garden"

For marijuana activists and active cannabis smokers today, April 20th (aka 4/20), is a holiday of sorts; it's a day that is celebrated and recognized by tokers (whether medicinal or recreational) from Oaksterdam to Amsterdam and every other place around the world where the oft controversial plant is enjoyed, whether inhaled or ingested. Many of those who partake in the greenery are artists (lots of hip-hop, reggae, and rock) including the SoCal rock/rap/reggae group the Kottonmouth Kings who, in honor of 4/20, today are celebrating with the release of their video "My Garden," the relaunching of their website KottonmouthKings.com, plus playing a big concert tonight titled Ganja Dayz 420 Celebration in Pomona, CA at the Fox Theatre. They'll play two other gigs later this week too: Friday, Apr 22, at House of Blues in San Diego, and Saturday, Apr 23rd at Fremont in Las Vegas, NV.

The new video/song "My Garden" is taken from the Kottonmouth Kings' EP Legalize It which is a digital only release and prequel to their full-length studio album The Sunrise Sessions which will drop in physical and digital formats in July 19th on the band's Suburban Noize label. Other songs on the EP, which has the same title as the famous Peter Tosh pro-weed anthem, include the reggae flavored protest track "Soon Come." A little earlier this afternoon I caught up with Brad Xavier, better known by his stage name Daddy X, who is the front man for the Kottonmouth Kings and is a man who enjoys life and this holiday and what it stands for. He promised that at tonight's Pomona show, "It will be a great party, a massive celebration of freedom and positive vibes." Does he think that marijuana will ever be fully legalized in the USA? "Without a doubt," he replied. "This prohibition will come to a end and freedom will reign supreme." In honor of Daddy X's commitment to weed and the 4:20 holiday, below are videos for some of the best pro-weed anthems from a variety of artists. These include the Kottonmouth Kings' labelmates Potluck, Peter Tosh, The Toyes, The Luniz, RBL Posse,  and Tha Alkaholiks.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 09:03:10: KRS-One & True Master, DJ Muggs vs Ill Bill, Madlib Medicine Show 8, DJ Inti, Mr E, Dave Chappelle, Doin' It In The Park 2010, Hoodstock, Jay-Z & Eminem, Potluck + More

Posted by Billyjam, September 3, 2010 04:20am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 09:03:10


1) The Roots How I Got Over (Def Jam)

2) Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot... The Son of Chico Dusty (Def Jam)

3) Madlib Madlib Medicine Show #8: Advanced Jazz (Stones Throw)

4) DJ Muggs vs Ill Bill Kill Devil Hills (Fat Beats)

5) TIE:

KRS-One & True Master Meta-Historical (Fat Beats)

Rick Ross Teflon Don (Def Jam)

Cut Chemist Sound of the Police (A Stable Sound/Soul Kitchen)

El P Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3 (Gold Dust Media)

The anticipated new KRS-One and True Master collaboration Meta-Historical on Fat Beats is among the new entries to this latest Amoeba Music hip hop chart. The record puts the Teacher and the Master together for the first time -- blastmaster KRS-One and Wu-Tang Clan producer True Master. This cross-pollination of these two legendary talents works on many levels; True's sharp production brings out the best in KRS, and will appeal to fans of both camps, including the army of Wu Tang fans who will automatically gravitate towards such tracks as "Here's What We Gonna Do (feat. RZA)" and "Street Rhymer (feat. Cappadonna)." Longtime BDP/KRS fans will appreciate the fact that the new album, with tracks such as "Knowledge Reigns Supreme" (hear below with the great line, "I'm not on the radio coz I don't rap about coke or reefer"), "Old School Hip Hop," and the title track, is a continuation of so much of KRS-One's previous work and sounds perfectly compatible next to a track off, say, his 1993 classic Return Of The Boom Bap (Jive).

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Humboldt County's Potluck Use Weed As A Gateway Message

Posted by Billyjam, May 12, 2009 10:30pm | Post a Comment

Humboldt County's Potluck may have spent the last decade building a rap rep closely associated with their Northern California home county's best known export, but below the surface of this talented, hard-working, hip-hop duo is a lot more than blunts and weed smoke, insists member UnderRated.

"Our first message might appear to be the weed because we are from Humboldt and our name is Potluck," said the rapper/producer backstage at BB Kings in NYC recently as part of the North American End of Days tour with Twiztid, Boondox, and Prozak. "But what we really try to do is spread a message of peace and to show that everyone can get along for real." Proof lies, he says, in the fact that a comparatively small Jewish white guy born in the small town NorCal Humboldt area and his partner in rhyme, the SoCal born African American 1 Ton, who lives up to his name, can get along so well. "We are totally different people but we get along great. We have learned from each other, coming up from completely different backgrounds. He's not from Humboldt. He's from San Diego. So he came up north and learned a different way...a Humboldt way, which is laid back, cool, you know be cool to everybody. And then I learned from him like this world ain't all cool and easy."potluck

Further proving that Potluck is a lot more than just stoner-anthem makers, are several fantastic songs on the new album Pipe Dreams like "Computer Love," a hilarious commentary about the perils of online romantic connections, and the serious, heartfelt "My Dad," which is an ode to the pair's respective fathers. "That's really a very personal song to both of us," said 1 Ton. "You see, my father is really sick right now, so that is why I start my verse with 'Some thoughts that you deserve to hear before you pass away,' because a lot of the reason why I am who I am is because of him. So it's like a tribute song but in the same way a celebration of the relationship we have. I just hope that now with my kids that I can have the same relationship."
 
The two members of Potluck, neither of whom were rappers to begin with, first met at a DJ audition. "We both started out as DJ's," recalled emcee 1 Ton, who, despite his intimidating Suge Knight-like presence, is nothing like the Death Row figure. "We met at a DJ trial for a club and we started DJ'ing [together], four turntables, ya know, rockin' underground house parties and all that stuff and we started making beats. And then reluctantly at the very end we started rhyming, you know just due to potluckpeople flaking and not coming over to rap and stuff like that. So then it just kinda snowballed into what it is today. But we reluctantly got into rap." That was a decade ago. Since then, the pair have worked hard at honing their craft and equally as hard at building their careers, mostly through tireless networking wherever a door opened for them. All of their hard work has paid off.

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