Amoeba Music Weekly Hip-Hop Round Up 02:26:10: Ras Kass, RasCue, Snoop, Ya Boy, Big Rich, Rob Swift, Dan the Automator, Freeway & Jake One, etc.

Posted by Billyjam, February 26, 2010 10:07am | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music San Francisco Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 02:26:10

1) Big RIch & Ya Boy Guns & Roses EP (Black Card Music)

Big Rich & Ya Boy "Street N*gga" (2010)

2)  V/A Snoop Dogg presents West Coast Blueprint (Priority Records)

Kid Frost "La Raza" (West Coast Blueprint)

3) Rob Swift No The Architect (Ipecac)

   Rob Swift "The Architect" (title track)

4) K-Os Yes (Last Gang Records)

K-Os "I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman"

5) Freeway & Jake One The Stimulus Package (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

Freeway & Jake One "Know What I Mean"

Special thanks to Luis at the San Francisco Amoeba Music store for supplying this week's chart. In Ya Boyaddition to the Top Five above, Luis adds as his pick of the week the new DJ Babu The Beat Tape Vol. 2 on Nature Sounds, which so far is only on CD, but vinyl is coming soon from the Brooklyn based label. Meanwhile, a glance at the new chart confirms that the Bay is back and in the number one slot in the form of two of the Fillmore's best rap talents: Big Rich (aka Fillmore Rich) and Ya Boy and their recommended joint production Guns & Roses EP. Released through Ya Boy's Black Card Music, this hardcore rap release was only available digitally until this week when the CD version dropped. Big Rich, whose last summer solo release Heart Of The City was also number one at Amoeba, has been down with Ya Boy for some time, but this is the first full collaboration between the two San Francisco artists.

Ya Boy, no longer lives in the Bay and recently signed a deal with Konvict Muzik (co-founded by Akon and distributed through Universal). On the nine track Guns & Roses EP the pair shine on such standout tracks as "Keep It Pushin'" (feat R.O.D.), "Remember When (feat Clyde Carson)," "Touchin' The Floor," and "Street N*gga," which you can hear above. Also above are samples from the new K-Os and Snoop DoggFreeway & Jake One albums, plus the brand new Rob Swift album The Architect on Mike Patton's Ipecac Records. Check back on the Amoeblog Monday for an interview with the famous turntablist discussing this unique new project.

The ever ubiquitous Snoop Dogg, who is living proof that weed doesn't have to slow down your productivity, has just unleashed another project coming hot on the heels of his recently released number one solo album Malice N Wonderland. Snoop Dogg presents West Coast Blueprint on Priority Records is a wonderful collection of classic West Coast hip-hop (late 80's to late 90's) whose tracks include LA and Bay classics from the likes of NWA, Too $hort, King Tee, Rappin 4 Tay, Mack 10, Ras Kass, Eazy E, Low Profile, The D.O.C., Luniz, Ice Cube, Kid Frost, and Snopp himself, who appears (many times in interludes) on six of the compilation's 21 tracks. Hear the Kid Frost track on the comp ("La Raza") above.

The aforementioned LA emcee Ras Kass, once signed to Priority Records, is totally DIY these days. As he did with his last release, The Quarterly, he is likewise putting out his next album all by himself, or rather, with a little help from his fans, who he is counting on to get out the physical release part, as distinct from the digital version. As announced a little over a week ago on KickStarter, the just completed, 18 to 20 track Ras Kass release Ras KassA.D.I.D.A.S. (All Day I Dream About Spittin'), a co-production with DJ Rhettmatic, slated for Spring 2010, needs funding of approx $3800 over 60 days before he can press up a limited run of CDs and vinyl. 

And depending on how much a Ras Kass fan donates they can expect some kindness back from the Kass. If you donate the price of a CD ($15), that's what you get. But if you only have say $2 to pledge to Ras Kass, you will be mailed some "Save the Ras Kass" stickers to help spread the word, not to mention the warm feeling of knowing you helped out your favorite rapper. And those generous folks who donate $1000 will get a producer credit on the album liner notes, a phone call from the artist himself, Ras Kass' handwritten lyrics to one of the album's songs, plus tons of Ras Kass swag (T-shirts, etc.). Today is just day 9 out of 60 days of the fund-raising effort and (as of time of publishing this Amoeblog) 88 backers had ponied up $4,620, so he is already well past his goal. Not surprisingly, he will continue collecting for the remaining 51 day period in this novel approach to music making/distribution. For more info visit that KickStarter link or
You may recall the successful benefit held last summer for former Amoeba Music San Francisco employee Frank "DJ RasCue" Quattelbaum, in which many high profile DJs and emcees donated their time and talent in a fund raising effort to assist the MC/DJ/producer and former member of VBs, U.U. and Cali Agents get a kidney transplant. RasCue is a victim of chronic kidney disease, has to have dialysis three times a week and is on seven different meds. As you can imagine all of this costs much money and due to his sky rocketing hospital bills, RasCue been really struggling just to stay afloat and to support himself and his daughter. And, despite the money raised at last summer's fund drive, more is still needed, so tonight a dozen local DJs (all friends of RasCue) are rallying their support at another benefit show, appropriately titled Got Kidney?: A Benefit for DJ RasCue at the Paradise Lounge. 

The show, which also hopes to raise organ donor awareness, will feature Didje Kelli, Chicken Skratch, E Train, Toph One, True Justice, Just Jay, Marc Stretch, DJ Platurn, Professor Stone, Jah Yzer, and B-Cause, and is being hosted by the V.E.R.A CLIQUE. At tonight's show people will have an opportunity to purchase the Got Kidney? hip-hop compilation (also available on BandCamp) featuring such artists as Zumbi from Zion I, Rasco, Kev Choice, Melina Jones, Remo Conscious, and Paulie Rhyme. Proceeds from the sale of the CD go to the Got Kidney? Fund that RasCue is establishing to help the families of kidney disease patients. To get into the show tonight there is a requested $10 donation. Note the early start time of 7pm. Ends at 2am. 21+. Paradise Lounge is located at 1501 Folsom (at Eleventh St) in San Francisco.
Dan the Automator

Sadly, hip-hop lost another great this week, as you may have read here in the Amoeblog a couple of days ago. Chilly B of the early 80's electro hip-hop group Newcleus died from complications associated with a stroke.

Wyclef Jean is set to receive a special honor at this Black History Month's NAACP Image Awards to be held at Shrine Auditorium in LA tonight (2/26). The former Fugees member is being chosen by NAACP for his "work to improve racial and social issues."

Dan the Automator is kicking off a new bi-monthly series titled Audio Alchemy with "vanguard DJs in the mix and performing with live musicians."  And tomorrow (2/27) is the premiere night with DJ Q-Bert, Shortkut, the Jazz Mafia All-Stars, emcee Casual and graffiti artist Mars-1. Yoshi's SF 1330 Fillmore. 10:30pm $20. Click here for more info.

Monday night (3/1) the graffiti feature WHOLETRAIN will screen for free (donations encouraged) at the Goethe Institut in LA at 7pm. Film & screening info is right here

And finally, I leave you with the Rik Cordero directed video for the new single from Joell Ortiz "Call Me" feat Novel).

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V.e.r.a Clique. (1), Dj Platurn (48), Rascue (4), Snoop (5), Ya Boy (1), Big Rich (4), Rob Swift (9), Dan The Automator (12), Ras Kass (6), Freeway & Jake One (1)