Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: Week Ending 05:30:141) The Roots ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin (Def Jam)
(also available in LP)
2) Blu Good To Be Home (Nature Sounds/Universal)
3) People Under The Stairs 12 Step Program (also avail in LP) (Piecelock 70)
4) The Fugees Score (Music On Vinyl)
5) Atmosphere Southsiders (also avail in LP) (Rhymesayers Entertainment)
In addition to the two new albums on last week's chart - 12 Step Program (also avail in LP) from longtime LA rap duo People Under the Stairs (PUTS) and fellow longtime indie hip-hop duo Atmosphere's Southsiders (also avail in LP) - new hip-hop albums this week include both Blu's Good To Be Home and this week's number one; The Roots ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. This new album, also available in LP format, is the eleventh studio album in 21 years from the Philly formed crew who in more recent years gained mainstream acceptance as Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show band. The on point Amoeba review of.... Shoot Your Cousin suggests that the new album, the first since 2011's Undun, comes at a much needed point in the Roots' highly public profile to "the band, once more often noted for their musicianship, emcee skills and social consciousness rather than for being Jimmy Fallon’s house band," to help them reestablish their street cred, and concluding that, "We’ll let The Roots keep their day job, as long as they come back every so often with an album as cool as this one." Clocking in a modest 33 minutes, the ten (technically eleven) track album opens with a song from the late great Nina Simone ("Theme From The Middle Of The Night") and includes such tracks as the lead single "When the People Cheer" (scroll down to see video below). The other chart entry this week is the recently reissued on vinyl from The Fugees Score.