Hip-Hop Rap Up 07:09:10: Big Boi, The Roots, Drake, Eminem, Nas + Damian Marley, DJ Inti, & DaVinci

Posted by Billyjam, July 9, 2010 08:20am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 07:09:10

Big Boi OutKast
1) The Roots How I Got Over (Def Jam)

2) Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot... The Son of Chico Dusty (Def Jam)

3) Nas + Damian Marley Distant Relatives  (Republic)

4) Eminem Recovery (Aftermath, Interscope, Shady)

5) Drake Thank Me Later (Cash Money Records)

Only released three days ago (July 6th), Big Boi's anticipated new album Sir Lucious Left Foot... The Son of Chico Dusty on Def Jam Recordings, is already at number two on the Amoeba Music Berkeley chart. The 15 track CD also comes in a CD+DVD Deluxe Edition. The Atlanta hip-hop artist is best known as one-half of OutKast and this is his first solo album, so expectations are high. Big Boi has morphed into his Sir Lucious Left Foot alter ego on the new record. As DJ Inti at Amoeba Berkeley accurately points out in the video clip below, generally it is Big Boi's more accessible (and arguably more gifted, lyrically at least) OutKast partner Andre 3000 who gets the most light shed upon him, inevitably upstaging Big Boi's more subtle talents.

Over two years in the making, Sir Lucious was initially slated to come out on Jive Records, but Big Boi was reportedly unhappy with their marketing plan, or rather, lack thereof, and hence he switched to Def Jam. Sir Lucious is by no means a total departure from OutKast -- in fact, not only does Andre 3000 produce a track ("You Ain't No DJ"), but also the overall sound carries that same OutKast vibe and feel, with the Dungeon Family (including the return of Joi) fully representing on the album and featuring Organized Noize (including Sleepy Brown, who also does vocals) & Mr. DJ supplying some production. Others on the record include Salaam Remi (who has worked with such artists as Nas and the Fugees), the Boom Boom Room productions crew, and the hot up-and-coming producer Boi-1da who also lent production to Drake's album Thank Me Later (this week's #5 on the Amoeba chart) on the track "Best I Ever Had" (see video below).

The album's many well chosen guests include Cutty, who joins Big Boi on the Scott Storch produced "Shutterbugg." Check out the refreshingly different video for the single below. The other singles from the record are "General Patton" and "Tangerine." Other guests include Gucci Mane, T.I., Jamie Foxx, Big Rube, B.O.B. (Adventures of Bobby Ray), and George Clinton, who,  you'll recall, back in '98 contributed to OutKast's Aquemini track "Synthesizer." Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty is a tight album that was worth the wait and deserves to have a high entry slot on the Amoeba charts.

Eminem "Love The Way You Lie (feat. Rihanna)" (2010)

Other chart entries include Drake, Nas + Damian Marley, and The Roots, who, as Amoeba's DJ Inti points out, are fortunate to have the extra exposure that comes with being on a nightly network TV show. Eminem's latest, Recovery, is #4 on this week's Amoeba chart, and debuted at number one upon its release three weeks ago on the US Billboard 200 chart and in such other countries as UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Above is the audio for the album track featuring Rhianna, "Love The Way You Lie," and below is the video for Recovery's "Not Afraid."
In addition to the music videos below, also check out DJ Inti's run down of both the Top 5 and his "honorable mentions" in recent vinyl releases that include a very special reissue version of J-Dilla's Donuts, "the best not known rap artist out there," Homeboy Sandman's The Good Sun (vinyl version is on Fat Beats), Madlib's Loop Digga vinyl (#5 in his ongoing Medicine Show series), and French producer Onra's double-vinyl LP that appears on the Dublin, Ireland All City label.

DJ Inti's Amoeba Music Berkeley Top 5 + Vinyl Honorable Mention July 9, 2010

#1 - The Roots "Dear God 2.0 (feat. Monsters Of Folk)" (2010)

#2 - Big Boi "Shutterbugg (feat. Cutty)" (2010)

- Nas + Damian Marley "As We Enter" (2010)

#4 - Eminem "Not Afraid" (2010)

#5 - Drake "Best I Ever Had" (2010)

This evening and every Friday in San Francisco is the PreFunk happy hour at Eve Lounge with resident DJs Boogie Brown, DJ Ai-Lo and DJ NeoGeo plus their special guest, DJ Cense. Click here for more info. Tomorrow, Saturday, July 10th,  DJ Rocky Rock, Eye Eighty, DefCase, Jay-R, and One Voice are among the many Filipino artists at the big all day Kababayan Fest at Great America that celebrates Filipino culture with music, dance, comedy, plus rides, of course. Click here for more info.

And finally, I leave you with a interview video clip courtesy of Bay Area TV show Distortion 2 Static with Fillmore district, San Francisco rapper DaVinci (aka J. DaVinci), whose accessible sound on his soon to drop debut The Turf Stood Still could take him far. Fellow Fillmore resident, longtime SF rapper San Quinn, who invited DaVinci out on tour with him two years back, cameos on the smooth radio ready album track "Clean Ass Whip."

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