Posted by Billyjam, October 23, 2008 08:00am | Post a Comment
                                   Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five: 10:23:08

1) Jake One White Van Music (Rhymesayers)

2) Mighty Underdogs Droppin' Science Fiction (Definitive Jux)

3) MF Doom Operation Doomsday (Traffic)

4) Micheal Franti & Spearhead All Rebel Rockers (Anti)

5) Devin the Dude Landing Gear (Razor & Tie Music)

Thanks to Luis at Amoeba Music San Francisco for this week's top five, which includes super talented Seattle producer Jake One and his guest-heavy (over two dozen emcees!) album White Van Music on Rhymesayers in the number one slot. Also with many guest shots, but not near as many as Jake One's record, is the Bay Area supergroup the Mighty Underdogs (Lateef the Truth Speaker, Gift of Gab, & Headnodic) and their recent Def Jux release Droppin' Science Fiction which is the number two top selling hip-hop album at the Haight Street Amoeba this week. As is the case over at the Berkeley Amoeba, the Bay Area's much loved Michael Franti and Spearhead's new album All Rebel Rockers on Anti is also selling well in the San Francisco store. Others on the hip-hop top five include Devin the Dude's Landing Gear and the MF Doom album re-release of Operation Doomsday courtesy of Traffic Entertainment. 

The annual CMJ (College Music Journal) Music Marathon and Film Festival conference is underway in New York City with more hip-hop acts showcasing this year than previous years. Some of the artists include (but certainly are not limited to) DJ K.O., Immortal Technique, DJ Revolution, Jean Grae, A-Trak, DJ Babu, Masta Ace, Verb, Jake One, Mike Relm, Illa J (J-Dilla's brother), and Stones Throw Record's Madlib, Peanut Butter Wolf, Edan, and James Pants. All of these artists are playing at various locations around NYC (both Manhattan and Brooklyn) during CMJ, which officially ends on Saturday (Oct. 25th). Check CMJ's website for exact details of the when and where.

If you are in NYC this week, one particular show at CMJ I highly recommend is Saturday (10/25) night at the Knitting Factory, when all original members of Brooklyn hip-hop band Stetsasonic headline a bill that includes People Under The Stairs, Mike G & Sammie B (Jungle Brothers), YZ, Zimbabwe Legit, Cadence, and is hosted by Just Ice + DJ Babu with special guests Whodini. Wow, what a lineup! I definitely plan to be at this promising show. Admission is $20 if you do not have a CMJ badge. Below is the video of the classic 1988 Stetsasonic song "Talkin' All That Jazz," featuring members Prince Paul, Wise, DBC (the Devastating Beat Creator), Daddy-O, Delite, Bobby Simmons, and Frukwan.


At this week's BET Hip-Hop Awards there was little surprise when Lil Wayne, whose current Tha Carter III album is the top selling hip-hop album so far this year at Amoeba and elsewhere, won big-time. Named MVP of the Year he also won as Lyricist of the Year, as well as People's Champ. Russell Simmons also got honored as a Hip-Hop Icon at this Monday's televised BET event, which was taped on Saturday in Atlanta, Georgia.


Congratulations are also in order for the Amoebites (both current and former) who were winners in last week's 2008 SF Weekly Music Awards: Uni and her Ukelele, who won as best artist in the Experimental, Etc. category and Dose-One, Dax Pierson and Marty Dowers, whose band Subtle won as the best Rap/Hip-Hop act. Click here to see pics of the SF Weekly's awards ceremony last Thursday at Ruby Skye in San Francisco. 

Also props to Lyrics Born, who was crowned a Bay Area Maverick (they came up with the title before Sarah Palin temporarily tarnished use of the M-word). Lyrics Born won the award for his outstanding achievement as a Bay Area artist over the past 15 years. Props also to all the other nominees in the Rap/Hip-Hop category, including Mistah F.A.B., Kirby Dominant, who won a Bay Guardian Goldie Award last year, and Azeem, whose new album Air Cartoons is just out on Oaklyn Records. Expect an interview here with Azeem in the coming weeks. Meantime, peep Azeem's trippy video for "Auto Pilot" below.


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