Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: 08:14:09
1) Mos Def The Ecstatic (Downtown)
2) Chali 2na Fish Outta Water (Decon)
3) DOOM Born Like This (Lex Records)
4) Cage Depart From Me (Def Jux)
5) Wu Tang Chamber Music (KR Urban/KOCH)
At the Berkeley Amoeba Music store this week the top selling albums are all ones that have been out for a few weeks or more but that are proving to be staples for the Summer of '09. Charting records include the latest releases from Mos Def, Wu-Tang, and Chali 2na, as well as DOOM's (aka MF Doom) recent Born Like This and Cage's Depart From Me, both of which are incidentally on Definitive Jux (aka Def Jux), the label co-founded by El-P that seemingly can do no wrong as it steadily builds a catalog of quality, lasting hip-hop in an era of the genre when there is so much clutter elsewhere.
The OM 15 party is tonight! San Francisco based OM Records will be celebrating 15 successful years with a big show at the Mezzanine this eve (Friday, August 14) with Mark Farina, J Boogie, Whooligan and others. I just caught The Whooligan at the same venue a week ago when he was performing with 40 Love during the wonderful Amoebapalooza 2009.
And at that same dowtown SF venue, which has been booking some kick-ass events lately, at last Wednesday's Bay Guardian Best of the Bay show, I caught SF rap artist Sellassie, whose style is a perfect melding of old and new schools coupled with positive lyrics. Tonight Sellassie, along with Turf Talk, Lady Lyke, and several others, will all be performing as part of Inhouse Talent's We All We Got independent Bay Area showcase series. Tonight's We All We Got show is at The Blue Macaw, 2565 Mission St, San Francisco, CA.
The prolific Del The Funky Homosapien, who talked with the Amoeblog four months ago as he was prepping to unleash his last (free to all to download) album Funk Man, is keeping busy as ever. Currently he is in New York with Tame One, with whom he has just completed a collaborative project to be released on Gold Dust Media. The two are performing at some events, including a pool party show Sunday (Aug 16th) at the Williamsburg Waterfront. At the show, the duo will be premiering tracks from the two emcees' upcoming joint release Parallel Uni-Verses, which finds the Hiero founding member and the original Artifacts emcee Tame One in top form. The 10 track album is produced by Parallel Thought.
And as for how Del sees the two emcees' approach to lyricism? "Rap-wise, neither of us use words only because they rhyme; I believe we both utilize substance as opposed to nonsense,” said the Oakland, CA artist of his Newark, NJ partner in rhyme.
Meantime, Brooklyn, New York based Gold Dust Media, who are releasing the Del/Tame-One project, continue their fondness for Bay Area bred hip-hop. The label that released Zion I's latest album earlier this year will be releasing Crown City Rockers' next album late next month. To be titled The Day After Forever, the Bay Area group (fronted by Raashan Amhad) is scheduled to drop this new album on September 29th. See trailer for it below.
There have been numerous delays already for Lil Wayne's anticipated "rock" album, Rebirth, which we were promised by the popular artist and his label (Cash Money) long ago and which should have been available by now (see Amoeblog report). There is still no sign of Weezy's latest full-length. Nor is there an official new release date -- not that we could trust it anyway -- or an indication of when it will drop. Some in the media have speculated that it could be as late as Christmas and as soon as September or October, but don't hold your breath. Meantime, an album that will be out sooner, for sure, is the latest from Soulja Boy. And below is the tight brand new song/video from that Soulja Boy album for "Stick Em Up." The single proves that, despite his former appearance as a likely one hit wonder, Soulja Boy now looks like he should enjoy a long career.