Posted by Billyjam, December 31, 2008 02:02am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music 2008 Hip-Hop Top 90 Chart

1) Atmosphere When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold (Rhymesayers)

2) Gnarls Barkley The Odd Couple (Atlantic)

3) The Roots Rising Down (Def Jam)

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

5) T.I. Paper Trail
 (Grand Hustle/Atlantic)

It's the end of another great richly diverse and prolific year in hip-hop music and time to look back at what hip-hop was hot at Amoeba Music during 2008. Hence, here is the Amoeba Music 2008 Hip-Hop Top 90 Chart (above & below) which represents what people were buying this year in hip-hop at Amoeba's three lil wayne tha carter iiistores. This list is compiled from the weekly hip-hop charts submitted to the Amoeblog during 2008 by the hip-hop departments in the three Amoeba stores. Special thanks to Luis at Amoeba San Francisco, Tunde at Amoeba Berkeley, and Marques at Amoeba Hollywood for taking time to calculate & submit these weekly top five charts which they based on hip-hop CD album sales in their resepctive stores.

To determine this final annual chart, all of the Amoeblog published weekly top five charts were added up and sorted and configurated by both the number of times each release appeared on weekly charts and what position(s) were reached each time(s). While this annual chart is a good guideline to what hip-hop CDs sold at Amoeba's three stores during 2008, it is by no means an exact science nor an exact representation of precise sales figures, but more of a overview of the titles that were popular at the stores in 2008. the roots rising downFurthermore, due to the fact that the weekly charts officially began after three months into 2008, there may be some worthy album titles absent from this chart. Meanwhile, some new releases that were still selling well after the last Top Five chart was complied may not chart exactly as expected. But like I said, it ain't perfect but it is a good overview of much of what was been sought & bought at Amoeba Music in hip-hop in 2008.

And at the top of this year-end chart is Minneapolis duo Atmosphere, comprised of producer Ant and emcee Slug, who deservedly scored big time with their excellent sixth studio album When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold. This Rhymesayers release sold equally well at all three Amoebas, as did most of the others in the top twenty spots on this chart, including Gnarls Barkley (The Odd Couple on Atlantic), The Roots (Rising Down on Def Jam), Lil Wayne (Tha Carter III on Cash Money/Universal), T.I. (Paper Trail on Grand Hustle/Atlantic),Q-Tip (The Renaissance on Motown/Universal), NaS (untitled ablum on Def Jam), Kayne West (808s & Heartbreak on Roc-A-Fella), Black Milk (Tronic on Fat Beats), and Amoeba fave Murs (Murs for President on Warner).

Meanwhile some indie label artists were definitely more regional-based and sold better at one Amoeba store over another. Case in point would be SoCal artists Lil Rob and Bishop Lamont, whose 2008 bored stiffreleases each sold much better at the Hollywood Ameoba than up north. Likewise, the 2008 releases from such Bay Area acts as Messy Marv, J-Stalin, Bored Stiff, Husalah & B-Luv, and San Quinn all sold well at the two Bay Area stores but not in Hollywood.

Many of the acts on this year-end hip-hop chart performed in 2008 at live instores at one of the Amoeba Music stores. These included Arabian Prince, Murs, People Under The Stairs, Immortal Technique Raashan AhmadThe Grouch with Living Legends, and DJ Quest. Some of these artists (and others) were also interviewed here on the Amoeblog during 2008. These included Atmosphere's Slug, Raashan Ahmad, Immortal Technique, Spearhead's Michael Franti, Subtle's Dose One, San Francisco turntablist extraordinaire DJ Quest, and longtime Bay Area political hip-hop artist Paris. For more 2008 hip-hop releases check out yesterday's Jameoblog 2008 Top 50 Albums, which is more subjective, based on my personal taste in hip-hop releases (and some other genres) over the past year.

6) Q-Tip The Renaissance (Motown/Universal)

7) NaS Untitled (Def Jam)

8) Lyrics Born Everywhere At Once (Quannum)

9) The Game LAX (Geffen/Interscope)

10) Murs Murs for President (Warner)

11) Immortal Technique The 3rd World (Viper)

12) Jean Grae & 9th Wonder Jeanius (Blacksmith/Warner)

13) Kayne West 808s & Heartbreak (Roc-A-Fella Records)

14) J-Live Then What Happened? (BBE)

15) GZA Pro Tools (Babygrande Records)

16) Young Jeezy The Recession (Def Jam)

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

18) eLZhi Preface (Fat Beats)

19) The Grouch Show You The World (Legendary Music)

20) Black Milk Tronic (Fat Beats Records)

21) Madlib The Beat Konducta WLIB AM: King of the Wigflip (Rapster/BBE)

22) Diplo Top Ranking Santogold (Mad Decent)

23) E40 The Ball Street Journal (Sic Wid It/Warner)

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

25) Ice Cube Raw Footage (Lench Mob)

26) Jedi Mind Tricks A History Of Violence (Babygrande)

27) MF Doom Operation Doomsday (Traffic Entertainment)

28) People Under The Stairs Fun DMC (Gold Dust Media)

29) Zo! & Tigallo Love the 80's (Hall of Justus Records)

30) 88 Keys The Death of Adam (Decon)

31) The Coup Kill My Landlord (reissue by Universal)

32) Ludacris Theater of the Mind (Disturbing tha Peace/Def Jam)

33) Arabian Prince Innovative Life: The Anthology: 1984 - 1989 (Stones Throw)

34) Paris Acid Reflex (Guerrilla Funk/Fontana)

35) Jake One White Van Music (Rhymesayers)

36) Raashan Ahmad The Push (OM)

37) DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist The Hard Sell (Encore) (self released)

38) Kidz In The Hall The In Crowd (Duck Down Records)

39) San Quinn From A Boy To A Man (SMC/Fontana)

40) Messy Marv Hustlas Motivation (Mixtape)

41) The Coup Genocide & Juice (reissue by Universal)

42) TOPR The Marathon of Shame (Gurp City)

43) Jurassic 5 11th Anniversary Deluxe Reissue (Decon)

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

45) Evidence The Layover EP (Decon)

46) The Streets everything is borrowed (Vice)

47)  C.R.A.C. The Piece Talks (Tres Records)

48) 9th Wonder The Wonder Years (Asylum)

49) Giant Panda Electric Laser (Tres Records)

50) Messy Marv Cake & Ice Cream (

51) People Under The Stairs The OM Years (OM hip-hop)

52) DJ Quest Questolous (Zebra Quest Records)

53) Del the Funky Homosapien 11th Hour (Definitive Jux)

54) Bored Stiff The Sad Truth (SolidarityRecords)

55)  Main Source Breaking Atoms (reissue Fontana/Universal)

56)  Lyrics Born Variety Show Season Three (Mobile Home Recordings)

57) J-Dilla Jay Love Japan (Operation Unknown)

58) Siah & Yeshua Dapo ED The Visualz Reissue (Traffic Entertainment)

59) Subtle Exiting ARM (Lex)

60) Suga Free Smell My Finger (HMF/Warner)

61) MF Doom Volumes 1 & 2 Nastradoomus (HHS)

62) Rick Ross Trilla (Def Jam)

63) Cadence Weapon Afterparty Babies (ANTI)

64) Guilty Simpson Ode to the Ghetto (Stones Throw)

65) Flo Rida Mail On Sunday (Atlantic)

66) The Jacka & Lee Majors The Gobots (Million Dollar Dream)

67) Husalah & B-Luv Tonka Boyz  (SMC Records/City Hall)

68) K'naan The Dusty Foot Philosopher (BMG)

69) Flobots Fight With Tools (Universal Republic)

70) Snoop Dogg Ego Trippin' (Geffen)

71)  V/A Sick Wit It Umbrella Vol. 2: The Machine (Sic Wit It Entertainment/KOCH)

72) Akon Freedom (Konvict/Universal/Motown)

73) Kurupt & Roscoe The Frank & Jesse James Story (Highpowered Entertainment)

74) Ludacris Theater of the Mind (Disturbing tha Peace/Def Jam)

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

76)  The Jacka and Berner Drought Season (Bern One Entertainment/City Hall)

77)  Prodigy H.N.I.C. Part 2 (AAO Music)

78) Jacka, AP9, FED X Mob Trial 3 (The Verdict) (Million Dollar Dream/Sumo)

79) Gza Liquid Swords (reissue by Gefffen)

80) Lil Wayne Lil Weezy-Ana Vol. 1 (Noiseland)

81) The Cool Kids The Bake Sale (Chocolate Industries/A&M)

82) RZA as Bobby Digital Digi Snacks (KOCH)

83) Stacy Epps The Awakening (JapanNubianMuzzik) 

84) J.Stalin Gas Nation (Town Thizzness)

85) Bishop Lamont The Confessional (mixtape CD)

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

87) Scarface Emeritus (Rap-A-Lot/Asylum)

88) Little Brother Seperate But Equal (Traffic)

89) DJ Babu Duck Season Vol. 3 (Nature Sounds)

90) Lil Rob 1218 Part II (Upstairs Records)

Immortal Technique (#11 on the chart) performing live @ Amoeba SF in 2008