Amoeba Music Berkeley Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 12:31:10
1) Cee Lo Green The Lady Killer (Elektra Records)
2) Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
3) Ghostface Killah Apollo Kids (Def Jam)
4) Michael Franti & Spearhead The Sound of Sunshine (Capital)
5) Andre Nickatina & Tha Jacka My Middle Name Is Crime EP (I-Khan Distribution)
Special thanks to Amoeba Berkeley's DJ Inti, whose year end list is posted on Amoeblog, for this final Amoeba hip-hop chart of the year. "Due to the holiday shopping rush, some releases that haven't shown up in a while show a spike in sales," Inti told me, explaining that the Michael Franti/Spearhead album released back in early summer is back on the top five for the Telegraph Avenue store. Meanwhile, the more recently released albums from both Kanye and Cee Lo continue to sell well and likely will into 2011. Speaking of Kanye, a leaked version of the new video for his album track "Monster" surfaced earlier today on several sites including YouTube. Click here to see the video/song that features Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, and Rick Ross but be forewarned that the audio quality is poor.
New hip-hop releases at Amoeba, as in albums dropping over the past week or two, include both Ghostface Killah's impressive new solo release and Andre Nickatina & The Jacka's collaborative EP release, My Middle Name Is Crime, on Nickatina's I-Khan Distribution label. The 8 song release from these two much celebrated Bay Area rappers follows their series of singles together.