Amoeba Music Weekly Hip-Hop Round Up: 08:28:09

Posted by Billyjam, August 28, 2009 11:38am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five: 08:28:09
Mr. Capone-E
1) Black Eyed Peas
The E.N.D. (Interscope)

2) Slaughterhouse
self-titled (E1 Entertainment)

3) Mos Def
Ecstatic (Downtown)

4) Dudley Perkins
Holy Smokes (1 AM APPROACH)

5) Mr Capone-E
Diary of a G (Hi Power Entertainment/KOCH)

Los Angeles rapper Mr. Capone-E's brand new release Diary of a G on his own indie HiPower Entertainment record label through KOCH is a hot new seller at the Hollywood Amoeba Music store this week, joining already popular summer releases from the Black Eyed Peas, Mos Def, Dudley Perkins, and the hip-hop emcee supergroup Slaughterhouse featuring Joe Budden, Royce Da 5' 9, Crooked I, and Joell Ortiz. Mr. Capone-E's new release is bound to further broaden his fanbase, especially with such radio & club ready songs as "Light My Fire." Scroll down a bit to peep the video for this Auto-Tune assisted track that features Snoop Dogg.

Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: 08:28:09

1) Mos Def Ecstatic (Downtown)

2) K'Naan Troubadour  (A&M/Octone)

3) Slaughterhouse
self-titled (E1 Entertainment)

4) DOOM Born Like This (Lex Records)

5) Chali 2na
FIsh Outta Water (Decon)

As with the SoCal store, both Mos Def and Slaughterhouse are still selling well at the Amoeba Music in Berkeley. Other hip-hop staples for the summer at the Telegraph Avenue Amoeba store include DOOM (aka MF Doom), African emcee K'Naan, and Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 & Ozomatli fame. Chali 2na may have waited til now in his fifteen plus year career to unleash a solo album, but it was worth the wait for both fans and the artist himself, whose record has been selling lots of copies in each of the three Amoebas since its release two months ago. 

Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five: 08:28:09
Gas Mask Colony
1) Gas Mask Colony Genuine Masters of Ceremony (Gurp City)

2) Mos Def Ecstatic (Downtown)

3) Heliocentrics Fallen Angels (Now Again)

4) Kaz-Well FIsh Outta Water (Tape Vault Records)

5) J-Billion The Beautiful Loser (Risky Bizness Productions)

Gas Mask Colony's Genuine Masters of Ceremony on Gurp City "has been selling like crazy," reports Luis at Amoeba Music San Francisco, where the hometown rap release holds down the number one position for a second straight week. Other local releases still doing well this week at the Haight Street store include Kaz-Well and J-Billion, who will be one of the artists on a bill at the club Mighty tomorrow (8/29) night. Other performers at this party hosted by Fran Boogie include headliners the Sneaker Pimps featuring Clipse, and Beetiki.

With the big, all weekend Outside Lands festival happening in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park -- not to mention the welcome arrival of the "Indian Summer" kicking in today -- this promises to be a fun, fun time in the Bay Area this weekend where you never know who might show up where for an impromptu Naughty-By-Natureperformance. Outside Lands, which starts this afternoon at 2:30pm with a set from Built To Spill and ends Sunday evening, includes performances from Q-Tip, Raphael Saadiq, Streetsweepers Social Club featuring Boots Riley and Tom Morello, Zion I, and Atmosphere.

More information on the festival here. And if you cannot make it to the mega event you can always catch the action as it is streamed live via YouTube by clicking here. Tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday are the official Outside Lands after parties Beats by the Bay at Mission Rock Café (aka Kelly's Mission Rock Cafe) in San Francisco with a lineup that includes Sub Swara, The Gaslamp Killer, The Flying Skulls, and Marty Party to name but a few. $20 admission each night for the party that happens 9:30pm to 4am.

And on Sunday afternoon only, longtime KZSU DJ Kevvy Kev hosts his annual free Bang The Drum hip-hop party at Golden Gate Park's Peacock Meadow from 1-5 PM when the lineup includes Naughty by Nature, Tash (The Alkaholics), Speech (Arrested Development), Hieroglyphics, Blackalicious, Q-Bert, Zumbi, Kung Fu Vampire, Motion Man, The Rec League, Jihad From Third Sight, The Bayliens, DelMon Crew, D-Sharp, Prohoezack, Niamaj, DJ I-Cue, Subverse, D.U.S.T.,  and SF emcee Sellassie, plus more. Wow! What a lineup.

Note that there will also be an afterparty Sunday from 10PM -2AM at Club Six with a $10 admission. Also note that the following day, Monday, August 31st, Kevvy Kev will be bringing the Bang The Drum party headliners Naughty By Nature to Amoeba Music San Francisco where the legendary New Jersey hip-hoppers will do a free instore performance starting at 6pm. More info here: Bang The Drum Presents Naughty By Nature at Amoeba.

Mr. Capone-e featuring Snoop Dogg - Light My Fire (2009)

It's a Bay to LA thing with the forthcoming Jern Eye release Vision. The LA native & founding member of Lunar Heights migrated north to the East Bay some years ago. On this new record he has invited Bay Area Jern Eyeartists Mistah F.A.B. and Zion I to guest on the banging new album track "Get Right." "The song is about getting the mind right, about asking ourselves what's important to us while we're all in the struggle, eating or fashion? Sometimes it takes delving into one's mind to find the answers," said Jern Eye of the track, produced by the Rhymesayers' Jake One.

To be released by up and coming Bay Area based hip-hop label MYX Music, the album (the artist's second solo release -- his first was Authentic Vintage in 2006) also features such other guest collaborators as Guilty Simpson, Cali Agents, Nightclubber Lang, Keelay & Zaire, and DJ Vin Roc, and is scheduled to arrive at Amoeba Music on October 13th.

Hot new British hip-hop act and female emcee Speech Debelle's debut album Speech Therapy on Big Dada has been gaining deserved momentum Stateside since its recent release. Below is the video for the London artist's album track "Better Days" featuring Micachu.

Speech Debelle "Better Days" from Speech Therapy on Big Dada (2009)

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Naughty By Nature (5), Mr. Capone-e (1), Mos Def (20), Luis (14), Outside Lands (8), Slaughterhouse (2), Black Eyed Peas (5), Kevvy Kev (6)