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Amoeba Music Berkeley Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five: 12:31:09

The Grouch
1) The Grouch Three Eyes Off the Time (Legendary Music)

2) Clipse Til the Casket Drops (SONY)

3) Souls of Mischief Montezuma's Revenge (Clear Label)

4) FELT FELT 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez (Rhymesayers)

5) Gucci Mane The State vs. Radric Davis (Warner Bros/Asylum)

Last week longtime Living Legends emcee and friend of Amoeba The Grouch was the number one chart entry at the San Francisco store with his latest album, Three Eyes Off the Time (Legendary Music). And this week, the prolific artist repeats that feat at the East Bay Amoeba Music, where fans, eager for this short (only ten tracks) but quality CD, have pushed it to number one. Even though The Grouch released his last solo album (Show You The World) last year and his collaboration album with fellow Living Legends emcee Eligh (Say G&E!) just eight months ago, he still manages to come up with fresh and original material.

Less than six degrees of seperation from The Grouch is the number four entry on this week's Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top FIve: FELT, which features Slug of Atmosphere, who collaborated with The Grouch & Eligh on their collaborative album this year, and MURS, who is another fellow Living Legends member. Aesop Rock does production on this third and latest installment in the FELT series of tributes to B-movie actresses, FELT 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez, which appears on the record label that seemingly can do no wrong, Rhymesayers Entertainment.

Like FELT 3, all the other releases rounding out this week's chart have been doing consistently well at each of the Amoeba stores. New York sibling duo Clipse's Til the Casket Drops on SONY finds the pair rapping about topics beyond their usual subject matter (cocaine). The across the board popular new Gucci Mane album The State vs. Radric Davis is also doing well. In a case of art imitating life, the album shows him in prison garb on the cover. The Alabama born, ATL based rapper is currently incarcerated (again) on parole violations and hence unable to enjoy the success of his new release. And for more insight on the other chart entry Montezuma's Revenge by Souls of Mischief, check out the recently published Amoeblog interview with Tajai of the long running Oakland hip-hop crew.
Devin the Dude
New Year's Eve in the Bay Area offers a lot of choices if you plan to go out to ring in the new year, from hip-hop to funk, reggae, Brazilian, house, etc. Acts performing include The Roots, who, after wrapping up a busy season as house band on the Jimmy Fallon late night TV show, will play at the The Warfield in San Francisco tonight. Also on the bill is Orgone and DJ Harry D. Showtime is 9:00pm and tickets cost $72 to $95. Buy tix here. Then there are DJs Rich Medina, Mr E, Shred 1, and DJ Apollo, each working the decks tonight, playing a mix of hip-hop, funk, soul, reggae and more at 330 Ritch in SF, where the party goes til 4am. Advance tix are $80 but they come with champagne and other favors. To buy tix or for more info, click here. In downtown Berkeley tonight at the Shattuck Down Low, Devin The Dude with Ro Knew and Influence will ring in the new year. Tickets are just $20 (a steal by NYE standards) and are available in advance here. Afrika Bambaataa

The Planet Rock: NYE 2010: A Bass Odyssey bash at Club Six tonight looks like it might be the most fun party in the Bay Area tonight! Hip-hip pioneer and ever eclectic selecta Afrika Bambaataa -- who is no stranger to Amoeba Music -- will be performing, plus a slew of other DJs and performers, including Zion I, 40Love, MC Radioactive, K-Flay, Eric Sharp, Enki, Jah-Yzerall doing their thing in one of the club's three spaces. AREA 1 is the electro, funk, hip-hop, and  soul space (that's where Bam will be), AREA 2 is hip-hop, club classics, and the live performances (Zion I, 40 Love etc), and AREA 3 is the reggae, dancehall, culture space. The SF Zulus (All Tribes San Francisco Zulu Chapter), who are behind tonight's event, promise that the party, "named after Bambaataa’s seminal hit, "Planet Rock," blasts off at 8pm on New Year’s Eve touching down in 2010 with three rooms pulsating with electronic, urban and jump-up soundscapes with a mass of ecstatic revelers engaged in dancefloor combustion." Tickets (for all that entertainment and for NYE) are reasonably priced at $40. Buy in advance by clicking here.

Sea of Dreams is the name of the big party going on tonight at San Francisco's Concourse Exhibition Centerat 8th and Brannan streets, with performances from a myriad of acts including Ozomatli, OzomatliGhostland Observatory, Bassnectar, The Glitchmob, Yard Dogs Road Show, The Do LaB, Hookahdome, EOTO, Sila & the Afrofunk Experience, Marty Party, Random Rab, Motion Motion, and others. Buy tIckets here and find other event/line-up info by clicking here.

For a flavor of Brazil and Africa tonight, Bissap Baobab and Favela Soul present a two-for-one party deal; one ticket gets you into two different parties at both Bollyhood & Little Baobab, which are right beside each other on 19th Street in the Mission District, tagged NYE World Passport 2010. Live bands playing are Forro Brazuca and Projecto Gente Do Samba (The Samba People Project). DJs include DJ  Vanka, Chief Boima, Steve Elembe and Marco, serving up a mix of Latin, soca, reggae, Afrobeat, and more. There will be food carts serving up tasty food too, plus champagne at midnite, all included in the $40 admission, and as of late last night there were still tix available online. To buy them or find out more info, click here