Posted by Billyjam, September 12, 2008 04:20pm | Post a Comment
                             Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top FIve 09:12:08
1) The Game LAX (Geffen/Interscope)

2) Young Jeezy The Recession (Def Jam)

3) The Game LAX (deluxe edition) (Geffen/Interscope)

4) GZA Pro Tools (Baby Grande)

5) Lil Wayne Tha Carter III (Cash Money/Universal)

Special thanks to Marques at the Hollywood Amoeba Music for this week's top five hip-hop albums, which includes hometown artist The Game's new album LAX twice. "The number three on the chart version of The Game is the deluxe edition of LAX which has three extra songs on it," notes Marques of the second (more limited pressing) version of the album that also costs a bit more to purchase. Other chart entries include the recently released Young Jeezy album The Recession, Lil Wayne's current hot seller Tha Carter III (sure to be on many year end lists), and the latest from GZA, Pro Tools. Meanwhile GZA's Wu-Tang buddy RZA (who supplies some production on the guest heavy Pro Tools album) will be one of the many performers at the upcoming We The People Music, Arts, and Cultural Festival happening at Los Angeles State Historic Park (1245 N. Spring Street) on Saturday, September 27th. Others scheduled to perform include EPMD (pictured), EPMDFishbone, DJ Premier, Les Claypool, Suicidal Tendencies, Z-Trip, Dilated Peoples, Eeek-A-Mouse, Barrington Levy, Bassnectar, Free The Robots, B-Side Players, Roots of Creation, Markus James, Look Daggers, Tom Morello, and Flying Lotus, whose recent Warp release Los Angeles is one of the best albums of 2008. 

This will be the third year of the fast-growing Los Angeles We The People festival. The fest began, according to the organizers, as "a unique environment to bring together socially aware artists and speakers and to give them a platform to reach urban youth." The first year it was held in Watts and it was a success. Last year's was even more so, drawing as it did an estimated 4000 attendees. Organizers expect up to 15,000 for this year's event, based on several factors, including the killer lineup planned and the fact that it falls so close to the ever-topical pending presidential election. Also on stage will be Green Party Presidential Nominee Cynthia McKinney, G.C.N., Network Radio personality Jack Blood, and American anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan; simultaneously there will be many multicultural performances such as martial arts, danza Mexica,tribal dancing, and B-boys and B-girls... to name just a few, happening around the 32 acre Los Angeles State Historic park. For more info click here or here and for tix here.

Reggae Gold SF, which offers "irie vibrations, and positivity through culture and music in the dancehall" every 2nd & 4th Saturday nights at the End Up @ 6th & Harrison Streets in San Francisco, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this weekend with an all day/night, fourteen hour event starting tomorrow (Sat 9/13) at 3PM and ending at 5AM Sunday morning.

Scheduled are a ton of great DJs throwing down a broad mix of  dancehall, soca, reggae remixes, riddims, and more. Selectors lined up for the big event include Sake-One (Local 1200), DJ I-Vier & Irie Dole (Jah Warrior Shelter Hi-Fi), DJ Toks (City Cat Sound), DJ Mr. E (Papalote Hi-Fi), DJ Polo (13th Tribe), and of course regular spinmaster Daddy Rolo of Lonestar Sound.

Note that Reggae Gold now also throws a party in the East Bay every fourth Saturday at Karibbean City in Chinatown Oakland. For more information hit up ReggaeGoldSF.

LA based hip-hop collective The Living Legends return to the Bay Area, their former turf, when each member of the extended hip-hop family (including Murs) will grace the same stage at a sure to be fun show at the FIllmore @ 1805 Fillmore St. in San Francisco on Monday, September 15th. Showtime is 8PM. Tix & show info

Meanwhile, early trip-hop ambassador Tricky, in support of his brand new album Knowle West Boy, headlines the Independent in San Francisco on Sunday, September 14th @ 9PM.

On a completely different topic, DJs and vinyl collecting fanatics will appreciate checking this recently posted blog on the topic of record collecting and crate-digging and why not to do it. The illustration heavy blog has lots of funny images to check out and are bound to make you smile. Click here if you are an obsessive record collector.
And finally I leave you with two videos, both of Bay Area hip-hop: one from the Old Bay and one from the  New Bay hip-hop. First up is the brand new video for the song "That Dude" from the new Oakland group The High Decibels featuring emcees Duke and Chief whose debut (HD) hit Amoeba shelves this week. They will be on KALX 90.7FM Berkeley tomorrow (Saturday Sept 13th) doing a live set at 9:30PM approx. Look for a more indepth profile on them here in the Amoeblog in the coming weeks. 

The second video below is from old school Bay Area TV show Home Turf which was hosted by Dominique DiPrima (who now lives in LA). This 1992 clip features the late great South Bay emcee Charizma and his partner in rhyme -- producer/DJ Peanut Butter Wolf (PBW). Charizma was murdered the following year, 1993. More recently PBW released all of the late emcee's material posthumously on his Stones Throw Records. R.I.P. Charizma. You were one talented emcee!

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