Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 08:03:12
Dark Time Sunshine Dark "Never Cry Wolf (feat. Reva DeVito)" (2012)
1) Dark Time Sunshine ANX (Fake Four Inc)
The biggest mover for this week is none other than the new album from rapper Onry Ozzborn and producer Zavala, which gets my vote for best hip hop album of 2012 thus far. The music that these two craft together is something very special, and taps into the edgiest and most provocative elements of the genre in a way that few groups can. Zavala’s beats are like transmissions from a different futuristic dimension where people still bump old school hip hop on occasion, and Onry’s deep vocals fit perfectly in the mix. Features from Aesop Rock, P.O.S, and Busdriver amongst others. Very highly recommended!
The Chicharones "Burn It Down" (2012)
2) The Chicharones Swine Flew (Camobear)
This new album from Josh Martinez and Sleep delivers more of the fun, clever, infectious hip hop you’ve come to expect from these two. These guys have a rep for amazing live shows that landed them a headlining spot on this year’s Warped Tour, and Swine Flew is an album years in the making that balances their bouncy party songs with some serious songwriting. Great hooks, intricate verses and terrific beats from Smoke of Oldominion make this an album worth checking for. Bacon.