Posted by Billyjam, February 16, 2009 09:01am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: 02:16:09
rza afro samurai resurrection: the soundtrack
1)  RZA Afro Samurai Resurrection:The Soundtrack

2)  Madlib Beat Konducta 5 - 6: (Stones Throw)

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

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

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

Thanks to Inti at the Telegraph Avenue Amoeba Music store in Berkeley for the latest Hip-Hop Top Five, a weekly chart of best selling hip-hop full-length CDs. RZA, who recently rocked it in San Francisco at Mezzanine, where he headlined last Sunday night, scores the number one chart position with his wonderful Afro-Samurai Resurrection: The Soundtrack on TVT for the ultra-violent Spike TV animated show. This latest release k-the-i yesterday today and tomorrowfrom the prolific WU warrior, who nowadays lives in LA, is also selling well at the other two Amoeba stores. Meanwhile, another SoCal resident, the even more prolific, endlessly talented and highly influential producer Madlib, who considers himself a "DJ first, producer second, and MC last," continues to dominate the Amoeba top 5 (and near every other hip-hop chart) -- this time with his latest installment in the Beat Konducta series on Stones Throw Records.

Recently released new albums well worth tracking down include Italian turntablist duo Skizo and TayOne's Bungalow Zen (From The Soundtrack of the Motion Picture) on Relief Records, beatmaster Mr. Scruff's fun breaks-driven album Ninja Tuna on (surprise) Ninja Tune with guest spots by Danny Breaks, Roots evidence layoutManuva, & Alice Russell;  the Thavius Beck produced K-The-I???'s Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow on Mush; the diverse and guest-heavy (including Chali 2na, Del, Q-Bert, Chuck D) NASA: The Spirit of Apollo compilation on Anti; and Oakland based Zion I's sixth and latest full-length The TakeOver (Gold Dust). This album takes Amp Live's rich and diverse production to new heights, while lyrically, Zumbi, in his distinctive flow, tackles both serious sociological global issues and party themes with guest spots including Devin The Dude, Oakland vocalist Jennifer Johns, the Rhymesayers' Brother Ali, and UK emcee Ty.

Upcoming Amoeba in-house events include Evidence's instore performance at the Hollywood Amoeba Music on Thursday, Feb 19, at 7PM. These days the rapper/producer, who came to most fans' attention as one third of LA's super hip-hop crew Dilated Peoples (along with DJ Babu & emcee Rakaa Iriscience), is knesperanza spaldingown equally for his impressive solo work, including 2007's The Weatherman LP and his latest outing The Layover EP (Decon), which ranked here as one of the top hip-hop releases of 2008.

Meanwhile, next Monday, Feb 23rd, at Amoeba Music Hollywood at 7PM there will be another highly recommended free instore performance by unique new jazz talent Esperanza Spalding who plays The Conga Room the following night. Last June here in the Amoeblog I wrote about what a promising artist the jazz acoustic bassist/vocalist was and a little later that same month caught up with the busy Spalding between dates to talk about, among other things, how she defines the type of music she plays, her take on the current state of jazz, and her (then) recent gig at The Roots' big picnic in Philly. Click here to read the Esperanza Amoeblog interview.

                                              Dr Dooom "Take That Ride" (Threshold)

Above is the brand new video for Dr Dooom (one of Kool Keith's enduring aliases)'s new joint "Take That Ride." The track was produced for the legendary, ever-prolific LA-based NY emcee of Ultramagnetic MCs and Dr Octagon fame by his longtime partner in production, the Bay Area transplant producer/DJ Kutmaster Kurt. In the Odin Wadleigh-directed video, the pair, Dr. Dooom Pebel Stone and The Funky RedNeck (Kurt), bust out a classic Ford Falcon and drive the streets of Hollywood, stopping along the way for donuts and for Chinese food at Chin Chin's.

MARS-1, whose art graced the cover of the first two Amoeba Music Compilations, has been blowing up lately with his art (now more sci-fi themed), gaining more and deserved attention via shows and media coverage. He is the featured cover artist in the current issue of Juxtapoz

Pick up this fine SF-published art and culture magazine (only $5.99) to see examples of MARS-1's work and to read a great interview with the Fresno-born Lower Haight resident. Additionally, check back here on the Amoeblog later this month for an interview with the artist when he travels to New York for a show at the Jonathon Levine Gallery.

And finally, I leave you with a great video clip below of an excerpt from The Bug's in-store performance some months back at Amoeba Music San Francisco. The renowned London musician/DJ/producer, born Kevin Martin, whose numerous other projects include Techno Animal, God, Ice, Pressure, and Curse of the Golden Vampire, brought out a dedicated, diverse mix of Bay Area music fans to witness firsthand the dub, dubstep, jazzcore, and industrial hip-hip genres Martin has worked his magic with over the past decade.

The Bug live @ Amoeba Music San Francisco, Sept. 2008

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