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                                 Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five 10:30:08

product of the 80s
1) T.I Paper Trail (Grand Hustle/Atlantic)

2) Prodigy, Big Twins & Un Pacino Product of the 80s (Dirt Class Records)

3) MF Doom Operation Doomsday
(Traffic Entertainment)

4) Foreign Exchange Leave It All Behind (Hard Boiled)

5) Lil Rob 1218 Part II (Upstairs Records)

Thanks to Ray at Amoeba Hollywood for this week's hip-hop chart with T.I.'s sixth and latest album Paper Trail still going strong, holding down the number one slot a month after its release by the ever- popular Atlanta rapper. The number two hip-hop album seller at the SoCal Amoeba this week is Prodigy of Mobb Deep fame, who teams up with BIg Twins (aka Twin Gambino) and Un Pacino for the New York City themed Product of the 80's album on Brooklyn's Dirt Class Records. The album captures a bygone (rougher) era in a place and time each of these NYC artists, who were born in the seventies, witnessed first hand growing up. On this new collaborative album the rappers are backed by production from the likes of Jake One, Sid Roams, and Benny Needles. The Traffic Entertainment reissue of MF Doom's Operation Doomsday is selling well at all of the Amoeba stores, including Hollywood, where it is numberlil rob 1218 part 2 three this week.

Four years following the release of their debut album Connected, The Foreign Exchange (singer/songwriter Phonte & producer Nicolay) return with this week's number four on the chart, Leave It All Behind on Hard Boiled Records. This new sophomore release from the duo is even less rooted in hip-hop than its predecessor, which was by no means strictly hip-hop, with a sound that runs from jazz to down tempo electronica.

Chicano rapper Lil Rob, who has built quite a dedicated fan base since he arrived on the rap map in 1997, is the number five selling artist this week with 1218 Part II on Upstairs Records. And in case, like me, you were wondering what exactly the numbers 1218, which are even tattooed on Lil Rob's arms, represent-- is it the year of a battle or a war or some other important date in history? No: 12 and 18 represent the numeric value of the letters L and R, respectively, which are Lil Rob's initials.

Other new releases include Detroit emcee/producer Black Milk's third album Tronic on Fat Beats, which includes guest spots by Pharoahe Monch, Sean Price, and DJ Premier; and DJ Babu's Duck Season Pt 3 on Nature Sounds, whose many guests include M.O.P., MF DOOM, Dilated Peoples, Sean Price, and Bishop Lamont.

And in Bay Area hip-hop, veteran rapper and master of slanguage E40 (aka The Ambassador of the Yay) is gearing up to drop his next album The Ball Street Journal in four weeks on Reprise/Warner. There will be lots of big name guests joining "40 Water" on this one, including The Game & Snoop Dogg, T-Pain, Ice T, Bun B & Gucci Mane, Too $hort, Akon, Turf Talk, Bosko, YV, Kevin Cossom, and Shawty Lo. His little sister Suga T and his cousin B-Legit (who, along with E40's brother D-Shot, round out the rap family quartet The Click) also cameo here.

Below is a video of E40 talking a bit about the Lil Jon produced album track "Break Ya Ankles" featuring Shawty Lo with a display of the dance associated with this future popular dance move. Immediately below that clip is another E40 preview: an excerpt from the new album track "Poor Man's Hydraulics."  



And finally, below is the brand new music video from SF DJ/producer J-Boogie for the song "Inferno" (featuring Lunar Heights) from J-Boogie's Dubtronic Science's new album Soul Vibrations on OM Records. Filmed at San Francisco's Club Mighty (known for its large space & killer sound system), the song and video are a tribute to the old school roller skating jams with skaters and breakers moving to the sounds of the DJ. If you are from SF or the Bay you will probably recognize some of the participants in this cool retro recreation. Also, click here to view pictures from J-Boogie's recent instore at Amoeba SF.


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